I haven't really read any reviews about Red Kimono, but one fateful day I just happened to have one of my Japanese food craving modes ON, BF and I were in the UP Ayala Land TechnoHub for the 2nd time and knew that there was a Red Kimono branch there, so the adventurous foodie in me braved the unknown and tried to set my expectations not so high for fear that the experience might fail to meet my standards.
We went inside and the place was full of customers, primarily because it was lunch time. Although I think a jam packed place is a good omen to look for in gauging how good their food and services are. I love the clash of the wood and dark decors, plus the larger than life color accent photos hung up every possible corner. It really gave off the Japanese ambiance with a twist.
Kyuri Kani Salad
Php 150.00 or $ 3.46
Crunchy cucumber and crab stick salad resting on a bed of fresh and crisp lettuce. Generously topped with Japanese mayo, fish roe (ebiko) sliced nori sheets. This did not disappoint! Everything was definitely fresh and the flavors and different textures mingled harmoniously in every bite. Sure enough, I noticed this as a staple order in the other diner's tables as well.
The Katsudon came free because of BF's Metrobank credit card, I would advise everyone who dines out and pays using their cc to check if there are any ongoing promos, who knows, you might just get a freebie every once in a while. :)
Now, despite this being just a freebie, it didn't equate to not delicious. BF had this and at first I just asked him how his Katsudon was. He said it tasted great, a little bit sweet but just rightly so. I got curious enough so I took a few spoonfuls and boy, was it good!
The pork was juicy and tender, I love that the sauce gave it just the right intensity of sweetness, combine those with steamy, hot rice and it was a sure hit!
Php 195.00 or $ 4.49
This was one of their maki masterpieces, generously stuffed with jalapeño, what seemed like crab stick and other goodies rolled in bits of tasty sirloin steak. You get 8 rolls for a single order of this, I didn't expected that much so I took my sweet time pigging out on these bad boys.
For someone with little appetite, I would suggest you share this with your friend or your date, each roll really fills you up and feels heavy on the tummy. I appreciate how tasty the sirloin steak bits were, but I think it somehow overpowered the other ingredients. I just think it would be better if in every bite you get that wonderful explosion of all the flavors combining in your mouth and somehow bringing you closer to sushi heaven. :)
Their Cowboy Roll needs just a little bit of tweak, maybe cut down on the amount of steak bits used or tone down its tastiness/saltiness, but that's just my humble opinion. :)
Overall, the dining experience, service, ambiance, and food are superb. I might just come back sooner than I think, to try out their other maki masterpieces and other masterpieces as well.
Location and Phone:
Red Kimono, The Fort
Unit 1A GF, Fort Strip, Fort Bonifacio
Taguig City, Metro Manila
Red Kimono, Alabang
Westgate Center Filinvest Corporate City, Alabang
Muntinlupa City, Metro Manila
Red Kimono, UP Ayalaland TechnoHub
UP Ayalaland TechnoHub, Commonwealth Ave., Brgy., UP Campus Diliman
Quezon City, Metro Manila
Red Kimono, Alabang Town Center
Alabang Town Center, Alabang-Zapote Rd.
Muntinlupa City, Metro Manila
Delivery: Depending on branch, Minimum order of P500.00. Delivers in 45 - 75 minutes.
Estimated Budget: ~P400.00/meal
Payment Methods: Cash, Visa, Mastercard, Amex
Su, M, T, W, Th, F, Sa: 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Su, M, T, W, Th, F, Sa: 6:00 pm - 11:00 pm