This Sukiyaki Will Keep You Warm on Cold Rainy Nights

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( With the rainy days starting to roll in, you're probably dreaming of staying in bed while wrapped in a cozy blanket. Unfortunately real life happens, but while you can't stay in your blanket cocoon forever, you can have the next best thing: hot, hearty soup! Japanese gastropub Izakaya Sensu is ushering in the rainy season with two new hotpots: Wagyu Suki-Yaki (P1,499) and "Chan Chan" Nabe Shake Miso Shabu Shabu (P1,100).


"We're coming into the rainy season so a lot of people have been asking us for the traditional sukiyaki," shares co-owner Martin Wisniewski. "And then we decided to add a nabe too, which is like a shabu-shabu with salmon and different seafood."


"Chan Chan" Nabe Shake Miso Shabu Shabu


While you might be more familiar with beef, pork or chicken in your hotpot, you’ll find the buttery Norwegian salmon fillet in Izakaya Sensu’s new shabu-shabu a welcome change. It goes perfectly with the miso-flavored broth, though its sour flavor will make you want to slurp your soup up, too.  



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Wagyu Suki-yaki


If you still find yourself looking for beef, the Wagyu Suki-Yaki is right up your alley. Martin shares that since they already had a drier, though just as tasty, sukiyaki on their menu, they went the more traditional route with this one. The beefy broth will warm you up on cold rainy days, but its addicting sweet-salty flavor will make you crave this no matter the weather.



Rainbow Roll


Aburi Uni & Ika Roll


Dynamite Roll (P295) (salmon, blue fin tuna, avocado, cucumber, spicy mayonnaise, unagi sauce, chili powder, and tempura flakes)



Don't leave without ordering Anmitsu (P350) (green tea ice cream, agar cubes, mochi, red bean paste)


Aside from the new hotpots, Izakaya Sensu also has new rolls on the menu: “A lot of people have been asking us for new rolls, too,” says Martin. “So we decided to come up with funkier rolls.” The Rainbow Roll (P420) is funky indeed, with different colored seafood (blue fin tuna, salmon, white meat fish, horse mackerel, and squid), resulting in the prettiest multi-colored rolls. But you wouldn’t want to miss the Aburi Uni & Ika Roll (P450), with torched sea urchin and squid melting beautifully on the tongue. Izakaya Sensu’s new dishes will be available starting July.


Izakaya Sensu is at Net Park, 28th Street, corner 5th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City (inside Chotto Matte).


Photos by Ian Santos


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