You Need to Try Tori Chizu's Japanese Doria
It has everything we like.
UGF Building A, SM Megamall, Ortigas Center, Mandaluyong City
Open daily from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
(SPOT.ph) When it comes to food, the Japanese have a way of making foreign flavors and techniques their own. This is called yoshoku—Western-influenced dishes, but developed completely in Japan. Doria, or baked rice, is an example of modern yoshoku.
East meets west in every doria hotplate, as rice, meats, bechamel sauce, and mozzarella cheese come together in each bite. And in Metro Manila, the authority for Japanese doria is Tori Chizu: a Japanese-Western fast casual restaurant poised to introduce Pinoys to yoshoku. Check out what they're offering:
Tori Chizu Original Chicken Baked Rice (P145)
Chicken and teriyaki sauce—a classic combination that gets a twist when combined with melted mozzarella cheese and a signature white sauce.
Chizu Curry Chicken Baked Rice (P145)
Curry is now a given part of many Japanese menus, but Tori Chizu's adds a little something with the molten cheese and cream sauce.
Sesame Fish Baked Rice (P155)
Light, flaky, fish fillets are seasoned with sesame oil to perfection and served on top of cheesy, baked rice.
Spicy Tomato Shrimp Baked Rice (P155)
Italian flavors come through on this mildly spicy number, enriching the flavor palette of the already strongly-umami baked rice.
Kani Takoyaki Baked Rice (P155)
Crabstick, nori, and a homemade BBQ sauce give this particular doria a strong Japanese character to balance out the cheese and bechamel sauce.
Beef Yakiniku (P175)
Ground beef, yakiniku sauce, crunchy garlic, and butter—and don't forget, served on a bed of cheesy, baked rice. It's a combo you'll keep coming back for.
Tori Chizu's quirky interiors also do their part to entertain foodies while their orders are being made. Just look at the melted cheese "frescoes" on the walls and the floor, and that cute wall mural.
Aside from their cheesy and creamy doria offerings, Tori Chizu's other yoshoku offerings include golden-brown, Umami-style Fried Chicken (P495, 8 pieces; P195, 3 pieces; P89, 1-piece meal). It's crispy on the outside, juicy on the inside, and seasoned with a secret blend of spices. It's great on the side or as a standalone dish.
Other menu highlights include Mazemen, a broth-less ramen topped with a soft-boiled egg that is very similar to carbonara in flavor (P115), meaty Hambagu Sandwich (P125 with cheese), and Cheese-flavored Soft Serve (P45/cone). But who's to say you shouldn't order a doria with these picks anyway, right?