New Restaurant Alert: Shingetsu at 30th Street, Bonifacio Global City
Japanese food for the Filipino palate and budget
Two Parkade, 30th Street corner 7th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City
Open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. (Sunday to Thursday) and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. (Friday and Saturday)
(SPOT.ph) The heart wants what it wants. This is what the owners of modern Japanese restaurant Shingetsu realized when their dream of opening their Bonifacio Global City restaurant was about to slip away.
"We were supposed to partner up with the owner of a ramen shop," owner Vincent Nocom shares. "Suddenly, a few weeks before our opening, he decided he didn't want to do it. We were dumbfounded! We asked ourselves, 'now what?'" Armed with his deep love for Japanese cuisine and the family's full support, he went ahead and opened their restaurant in December 2014.
Now, Shingetsu is a favorite among the working folk in the area, with their familiar dishes and hearty lunch deals. Their a la carte menu is reasonably priced, with most servings large enough to be shared.
Tuna and Salmon Carpaccio
For starters, Vincent recommends the Tuna and Salmon Carpaccio (P465). The raw seafood is fresh with a buttery mouthfeel, the flavors enhanced by the light sesame vinaigrette and scallions.
Following the latest fashion, Shingetsu uses uni or sea urchin and adds it to their pasta (P350)—spaghetti in a thick cream sauce that is generously accented with briny sea urchin.
A certified crowd-pleaser would be the Chicken Karaage (P320), which they serve with a tuna potato salad. You can enjoy dipping the large battered chunks of thigh fillet in the matcha salt in between sips of ultra-cold beer. Like everything else at Shingetsu, the kitchen doesn't scrimp with this one—this dish alone can easily feed a small family.
But what keeps the regulars coming is the Gyudon (P350)—thin slices of U.S. beef simmered in a sweetish, onion sauce, topped with a runny poached egg and pickled ginger. This dish is actually a rice topping, but due to its massiveness, customers always ask for the rice and meat to be served separately. For easier sharing, no doubt.
Shingetsu might look fancy and trendy from the outside, but don't be deceived. The Japanese dishes here are Filipino favorites, cooked with a lot of heart. Despite the presence of a sushi bar, we recommend you go for the generously portioned cooked dishes perfect for sharing with friends and family.
Photos by Hans Fausto