If you happen to walk by The Fort Strip area a lot, you would have probably passed by this nice place with high ceiling and mesmerizing chandelier. That's Magosaburo. An authentic Japanese restaurant known for their top grade Wagyu Beef. Opened in Japan in 2009, it has finally reached the shores of the Philippines.
The interiors (in my unprofessional opinion hahaha) is a cross between Industrial and Zen, with a touch of elegance to give it an air of sophistication without the usual stiffness of a fine dining restaurant.
Magasaburo has three floors
Let's start with the appetizers. This Cream Cheese Tofu (P280) is really good! I honestly didn't think I would like it this much. It's very creamy with a touch of sweetness. And the best part is I get to sprinkle some (sea?) salt for that perfect burst of flavor!
Richie, Mister "I-Don't-Like-Tofu" devoured his share and was in fact, looking for more!
Other appetizers are Three Kinds of Namuru (P180)...
They also have Three Kinds of Kimchi (P200). I'm not a fan of Kimchi, but the other bloggers seemed to like it!
Magosaburo serves special greens such as these two that we tried that day. The Luxury Green Salad (P490) was quite refreshing.
But it was a delight to see a real truffle. It was my first time to see one in real life. Star struck? Hahaha!
But honestly, the taste of the real truffle was like normal tasteless mushrooms to me. I guess it was really just the beautiful scent that gives its charms. But this is just, again, my unprofessional opinion haha! (What do I know?)
The Mixed Sashimi Salad (P480) was quite good even if I wasn't able to grab a piece of the fish. It was very flavorful. In fact, I liked this better than the Luxury Salad.
The Ox Tail Omelet, Japanese Style (P220) was delicious! I would say this was also one of my favorites. The egg is soft and fluffy and simply comforting, and then comes the savory oxtail right in the middle like a pleasant, savory surprise!.
Their Assorted Tempura (P480) wasn't anything to rave about. Don't get me wrong, It was good tempura, but I've had better in other restaurants.
The Beef Garlic Fried Rice (P380) had great flavor to it, making it a meal in itself. Although it was admittedly a little bit on the oily side, Richie and I like our fried rice that way (hehe).
The Clam Soup in Hot Stone Bowl (P 250) is the kind of soup that provides you perfect comfort on a rainy day. The broth, filled with clams and scallions, brought out bold yet soothing flavors in my tummy.
I would say the Mago Wagyu Chuck Roll Tomato Sukiyaki (P720) was my favorite for the day.
I had to keep from swearing on how much I liked it. What can I say? I really love sweet and salty! We all ended up eating it with steamed rice. It's really good!
Like kids in a candy store, I think I heard the men (yes, GROWN men!) squeal as soon as the Assorted Japanese Wagyu Steak Palette Lava Set has entered the building (P6,200 for 2 people). The plate display showed three kinds of cuts: 80 grams of Special Prime Ox Tongue, 100 grams of Special Prime Short Rib, and 100 grams of Japanese Wagyu Sirloin. You can watch all of these lovely steak cuts get cooked to perfection on the wonder that is the lava plate.
Even just by looking at it, you can see that the marbling of the meats was exquisite.
|Prime Beef Tongue|
Interestingly enough, this special lava plate was said to be made by the same masons who repaired the walls of the historic castles and structures in Japan.
|Japanese Wagyu Short Ribs being cooked with some veggies on the side|
|Japanese Wagyu Short Ribs|
|Japanese Wagyu Sirloin|
Thanks to Chef Motomatsu Takashi whipping up this excellent Japanese Steak dining experience! And of course to Ms. Socorro "SC" Cariaga of Magosaburo!
Fort Pointe 2 Building, 28th Street,
The Fort Entertainment Complex, Taguig City
Contact Number: 856-1808