Japanese cuisine wasn’t really a thing in Marikina before- until the likes of Tamagoya Noodle House and Crazy Katsu, among many others, gave accessibility to the city residents and built the trend. However, they are but specialty restaurants only serving one main type of dish, and not really the authentic kind that offers a wide variety of authentic Japanese food. Nothing wrong with that- it’s just sometimes we want the package deal. Well, enter Seifuku and Omakase! They are the first of their caliber in the city, and they’re doing a pretty awesome job.
Of the two, let’s start with Seifuku for now.
To be honest, let me iterate right off the bat as the title implies that Seifuku seems to be the better choice vs. Omakase for me in terms of quality, serving amount, ambiance and crew hospitality altogether. For now. I say this with conviction because I’ve been to a lot of times to Omakase already, in different branches, over the years, to make a reliable comparison. But I say ‘for now’ because we never know if this will be for the long run, or just the usual flash-in-the-pan scenario where they significantly cut costs after awhile. Now let’s see why!
Directions: Click here for a Google Maps reference. It’s along Gil Fernando Ave., the street intersecting along Marcos Hi-way in front of Sta. Lucia Mall. It also connects to Imelda Ave. on the other side if going to Pasig or Cainta. Once at Gil Fernando, you’ll see it on your left if you came from Marcos Hi-way.
The place is sizable both inside and out. Plenty of parking space in the area, with a security guard roaming ’round the clock that will assist you as you park. Once inside, you will be humbly greeted by the waiting staff in full uniform, and then be led to your choice of table. As you do, you’ll probably notice the refreshing ambiance of Seifuku by this time- a very clean and minimalistic interior design of beige that blends well with bright lighting as well as the black and red table designs and illuminated greenery outside that makes one forget about Manila.
To give a quick estimate, I’d say they can simultaneously house 20 groups of 6 if we include the 2nd floor.
Prices are pretty affordable if we’re to factor in how classy Seifuku is both aesthetically and gastronomically. For what to order, you’ll be given a menu consisting of 11 pages of food categories to choose from- sashimi, sushi, ippin ryouri, agemono, tempura, ramen, udon, soba, donburi, robata, salad, soup, bento, yakiniku, sukiyaki and a variety of drinks. And while you wait for your order, you’ll be given a veggie-tako-salmon appetizer. AND YES, you can also request for FREE JAPANESE HOUSE TEA! BANZAI!
Foodie grading time! From what I can remember on how the fam-bam tasted the dishes for the first time, we all constantly commented on how good and tasty everything was! The salmon and sushi were fresh, wasabi was the real deal (you’d be surprised on how other restos serve crap), gyudon was perfect to my taste- not salty, and there was even more meat than the rice! Speaking of rice, it’s Japanese FYI. Ramen is plenty so two people can order one donburi, and just share an order of ramen- miso ramen was good, but I guess Tamagoya tops it.
Overall, I’d give an average of 9/10 to everything we ordered. There’s one thing though- the Katsu Curry was salty. We pointed this out to the waiter and said they will inform the chef and have a look into it. Well, the next time we went there, my sister ordered Katsu Curry and yes, it was better and not salty anymore.
And without further ado, here are the food pictures!
Appetizer – Vegetable with Salmon and Tako
(I forgot what this is- to follow? Haha)
Miso Ramen – P200
Seifuku Amazing Yama Roll – P260
Salmon Sashimi – P200
Tekka Maki – P110
Katsu Curry – P175
Tamago Sashimi – P80
Yaki Gyoza – P90
(I forgot what this is- to follow? Haha)
Gyudon – P215
Miso Soup – P50
Kani Salad – P110
Well what do you know– they also serve Okonomiyaki! Too bad I wasn’t able to try it yet- maybe next time! I’ve been really curious how it tastes like from all the times it’s been featured on anime haha. Anyway, by the time we finished, we all had smiles on our faces, and our hearts and bellies content. It was definitely a good dining experience and I will, with no doubt, take my friends here!
Part of their interior design are these Japanese geisha dolls for sale. They’re pretty neat!
Curious? Here’s their menu containing 11 pages of dishes! Just click the corresponding page.
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SEIFUKU JAPANESE RESTAURANT
No. 51 Gil Fernando Avenue, San Roque, Marikina City
Tel. No. 632-1391, 871-0591
Mobile No. 0917-801-2434 / 0908-873-1813
Business Hours: Tues-Sun 11am-2pm, 6pm-10pm