Mecha Uma’s Bentos Are the Answer to Your Japanese Daydreams

Let Chef Bruce Ricketts prepare your next meal.

(SPOT.ph) There are certain cuisines that are best experienced at a restaurant. French is one of them, owing to the traditional techniques generally required to be able to really do it well. Japanese is another—not the more casual fare like tempura or katsu, maybe, but those who like their sushi done right would probably tell you they’d rather do without than order it for delivery. That is, until now. Chef Bruce Ricketts’ BGC kaiseki hotspot Mecha Uma has built up a following for inventive dishes made with the freshest ingredients, and fans can now have a taste of that dining experience at home with a selection of bentos.

According to Chef Bruce, Mecha Uma’s bentos are their way of bringing “leveled-up versions of satisfying Japanese meals that I personally enjoy eating and [offering] them to customers who miss having restaurant-quality food that’s difficult and time-consuming to prepare on their own at home.” Each of the meals is carefully crafted, with the same components you’d expect if you were actually at the restaurant. The Ibérico Misoyaki Don (P820), for example, is made with grilled secreto Ibérico. The Kamo Rosu Don (P850) flaunts duck breast poached in sake and soy sauce, with duck leg confit chahan. The Gyu Rosu Don (P1,350) has beef basted with a sukiyaki-like tare, grilled and then poached in dashi, before being marinated again in dashi.

Ibérico Misoyaki Don
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The Ibérico Misoyaki Don is made with grilled secreto Ibérico.
PHOTO BY Sonny Thakur / Courtesy of Mecha Uma
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The Kamo Rosu Don flaunts duck breast poached in sake and soy sauce.
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Gyu Rosu Don
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The dishes that Mecha Uma fans would probably want to try the most, though, are ones that are only available in limited quantities: the Premium Chirashi (P2,500) and Toro Don (P4,350) are made with ingredients like aged toro and grilled Hokkaido scallops and created with techniques that ensure the sashimi is still at its best when it arrives on your dining table. 

Premium Chirashi
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Toro Don
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“Each bento is basically a playful and condensed version of our approach to cooking, with the same level of care and precision that you’d get if you were seated at the counter or tables at Mecha Uma,” says Chef Bruce. “It’s the best way we can offer our restaurant experience to you at home, with no extra effort on your part—you just have to sit and dig in and, we hope, have fun and feel transported.”

"You know that excitement when you first open a bento in Japan and you look at all the small components and think of which one to try first? We wanted to capture that in every bento so that you get different flavors that make every bite unique, exciting, and delicious," says Chef Bruce.
PHOTO BY Sonny Thakur / Courtesy of Mecha Uma

Mecha Uma’s bentos are available for pick-up and takeaway from Wednesdays to Sundays, and customers are encouraged to order one day in advance. To order, send a message to 0919-084-537 or send them a DM via Instagram.

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Mecha Uma To Go’s takeaway menu will regularly vary depending on inspiration and the availability of ingredients. For more information, check out Mecha Uma or Bruce Ricketts on Instagram.

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