Saturday, October 28, 2017

Hatsu Hana-Tei Japanese Restaurant in Makati


My Japanese food vocabulary was limited to maki, sushi, sashimi, tempura and sukiyaki. Until a sudden staycation brought the gang together where we feasted on a Japanese lunch banquet good for ten persons, we’re five, by the way. Hatsu Hana-Tei Japanese Restaurant in Makati was our rendezvous that Saturday rainy afternoon, exactly five days before our Tokyo adventure—the perfect introduction to the elaborate cuisine of Japanese people.

It was weekend and all five of us were stuck in town without any trip, a rare occasion for the group these days. A sudden staycation at Herald SuitesPolaris, the newest boutique hotel in the heart of Makati’s Poblacion area, was arranged –a chance to catch up with my favorite travel buddies (check here for discounted tours, transportation and activities in Manila).


The gloomy weather was pulling us back to bed. We gathered at a friend’s flat and watched as the metro got soaked because of sudden heavy downpour. It was our typical beer sesh, minus the beer.

Hatsu Hana Tei Japanese Restaurant Makati
Hatsu Hana-Tei Japanese Restaurant
We braved the weekend traffic and arrived at our lunch place two hours past the scheduled time. We went directly to the second level of Herald Suites for our rendezvous that rainy afternoon.

Hatsu Hana Tei Japanese Restaurant Makati
Chef Koichi Kondo
We were led to one of the private rooms at Hatsu Hana-Tei Restaurant. The traditional private dining room (washitsu or tatami room) was filled with Japanese knick-knacks which made it more authentic. We settled on our individual cushion square (zabuton) and were offered with hot tea.

Hatsu Hana Tei Japanese Restaurant Makati
Japanese feast
We were given the chance to chat with the executive chef, Koichi Kondo, where we learned about his humble beginnings in Japan and how he found his home in the Philippines. In the middle of our enjoyable chat, an appetizer came which followed by the grand feast.

Hatsu Hana Tei Japanese Restaurant Makati
Moriawase
Hatsu Hana Tei Japanese Restaurant Makati
Kinshi Sumaki
Hatsu Hana Tei Japanese Restaurant Makati
Spicy Hotake Maki (P270)
Hatsu Hana Tei Japanese Restaurant Makati
Battera
Hatsu Hana Tei Japanese Restaurant Makati
Chicken Yakitori
Hatsu Hana Tei Japanese Restaurant Makati
Tempura Set
Hatsu Hana Tei Japanese Restaurant Makati
Mango Gyu Maki (P220)
Hatsu Hana Tei Japanese Restaurant Makati
Fried Fish in Teriyaki Sauce
Hatsu Hana Tei Japanese Restaurant Makati
Ebi Gyoza (P220)
Hatsu Hana Tei Japanese Restaurant Makati
Sashimi Set
I failed to get the names of each dish but everything was absolutely great. The subtlety of the taste and the aesthetic appeal was definitely spot on legit. The gang enjoyed each and every bite of the meticulously prepared dishes. It was as if we were kids on a candy store trying to sample all the sweetie collection.

Hatsu Hana Tei Japanese Restaurant Makati

Our supposed 2-hour lunch ended on a Japanese enculturation with stories from our lovely chef (who knows how to speak Filipino). It was a lovely afternoon paired with fun tales and whatnots; the perfect prelude to our Tokyo adventure.


Hatsu Hana Tei Japanese Restaurant
2/F Herald Suites, 2168 Don Chino Roces Avenue,
Makati City, Philippines
Herald Suites (check here for discounted rates)
Contact Number: (+63) 2.759.6388
Email Address: mark@heraldsuites.com
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Opening Hours: 12:00 noon to 2:30 pm | 6:00 pm to 10:30 pm





1 comment:

  1. Omg I am drooling over this Japanese restaurant Hatsu Hana-Tei in Makati.All the shared pics of yummy cuisines are so mouth watering.I am in love with this restaurant

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