SNEAK PEEK: Sukiya Opens Their First Local Branch This Month

Yup, their famous gyudon is legit!

Sukiya
L/2 Glorietta 2, Ayala Center, Makati City
Contact: 8277-1430
Facebook: www.facebook.com/sukiya.philippines 
Open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. (Monday to Friday), 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. (Saturday to Sunday)

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PHOTO BY Hans Fausto

(SPOT.ph) There’s a lot to see and do in Japan, but more importantly, there’s a lot to eat—and for those looking for a dish that’ll hit the spot without breaking the bank, the famous gyudon (a.k.a. beef bowl) of Sukiya (a.k.a. the leading gyudon chain in Japan!) is a must. In case you missed it, they’re slated to open their very first Philippine branch at Glorietta 2, Makati very soon—and by very soon, we mean this month! Get excited, Spotters, because we got to preview some of the dishes they’ll be having on the local menu.

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Also read: SPOTTED: Sukiya Is Opening Their First Philippine Branch

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Opening this month in Glorietta!
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Get excited, as Sukiya is opening their Glorietta branch very soon:

From the outside, you’re greeted by a glass case displaying plastic renditions of their signatures—just like what you frequently find at restaurants in Japan. Inside, Sukiya went for a color scheme similar to their Japanese stores, with red elements at their store front and chairs that immediately catch the eye, balanced out by warm wooden tones on the floors, walls, and tables.

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A glass case by the entrance displays plastic renditions of Sukiya's signatures.
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Inside, pops of red catch your eye but are balanced by the warm wooden tones dominating the space. 
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Go ahead, grab a seat!
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Come hungry, as you can expect a diverse menu of donburi and other Japanese eats that are uber-reasonably priced! The star of the show, of course, is their Gyudon—which starts at just P125 for a small bowl. You can also get it in the medium size for P139, large for P169, and extra-large for P209. This signature dish hardly needs any introduction, of course, but in case you’ve never had it, you can expect tender, melt-in-the-mouth strips of stewed U.S. beef plus onions that deliver a savory-sweet profile through and through, over a hot bed of Japanese rice that soaks up the remaining liquid. For a complete and balanced meal, your best bet is to go for one of their combo meals, like the Gyudon & Green Veggies Combo (P169/medium), which includes veggies, plus miso soup or a drink.

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With savory-sweet U.S. beef that melts in the mouth, Sukiya's Gyudon is as soul-soothing as can be.
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There's plenty of umami to be had here!
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Mouthwatering as the basic gyudon already is, those looking for an even more indulgent bite are in for a treat with the Melted Cheese Gyudon (starts at P161/small). As the name implies it’s got their beef bowl plus a topping of melted cheese, adding a welcome dose of gooeyness and creaminess to keep you hooked. Their beef also goes to even more stick-to-your-ribs heights in the Beef Curry (starts at P169/medium), where it's paired with Sukiya's Japanese curry sauce for spiced, warming spoonfuls.

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For a more indulgent bite, go for the Melted Cheese Gyudon.
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The Beef Curry comes with their hearty, spiced Japanese curry sauce.
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If you love beef but are looking for even more spunk in your bowl, consider going for their yakiniku bowls instead. Though it’s similar to gyudon in that it features thin strips of beef, here they’re grilled or pan-fried first so you get a slight caramelization around the edges that amps up the beef’s flavor. You can get it as is or with toppings like kimchi, as we did with the Kimchi Yakiniku Bowl (starts at P189/medium)—and yup, the Korean fermented cabbaged gives each chopstick-ful added feistiness, thanks to its piquant and slightly spicy profile; plus, its crispness makes for excellent textural contrast.

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Umami-rich yakiniku meets its crisp, piquant match with kimchi in the Kimchi Yakiniku Bowl.
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Hankering for more heat? The Spicy Pork Bowl (starts at P155/medium)—one of their Philippine-exclusive items—has got your back. This must-order bowl features slices of pork with just the right amount of fat, grilled for a hint of smoky char around the edges. And then you’ve got the spicy sauce drizzled on top, which contributes just enough of a kick without taking over the shoyu-scented, meaty flavor of the pork!

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Try the Spicy Pork Bowl for a meaty, slightly-smoky bowl with a kick! 
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Sukiya is opening their doors on November 24; mark your calendars, Spotters! In the meantime, you can sate the gyudon hankerings via these other spots in Manila that make versions of the dish that are also excellent in their own right.

For more information, check out SUKIYA Philippines' Facebook page.

Photos by Hans Fausto

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