Over the last few years, Baguio has raised its standards for good quality, affordable Japanese food, with ramen bars and sushi restaurants popping up all over the city. It looks like Shoriken Minesview, which opened its doors just last month, will not be left behind.
The Eats in Baguio team had the chance to try out Shoriken’s dinner buffet. This included miso soup, two kinds of rice (white and fried), and a good selection of meat-and-vegetable options. There was also a nice variety of sushi and sashimi, and some fruits and cakes for dessert. Shoriken offers a colorful lineup of drinks, including the pink lemonade and blue lemonade one can order from their sister restaurants, Yamashita and Sakura Terraces.
The location is fairly easy to find, just a short distance from the entrance of Minesview. It is warm and well-lit. The restaurant looks small from the outside but can actually accommodate big groups with ground floor and upstairs seating, as well as a section that can be reserved for private parties or meetings. When we dined there, there was also live music.
We started our meal with a bowl of miso soup. You can help yourself to your preferred amount of nori and tofu. Then, since we love sushi and sashimi, we tried every kind they had. The salmon sushi is seared with a blowtorch. We got to watch the staff preparing it as we filled our plates. Our favorites from their selection were the tuna sashimi and tuna roll. The fish tasted fresh and was seasoned just right. They also fried the ebi tempura at this table. This was another favorite of ours, especially because the batter was thin and crunchy.
Of the protein offerings, our recommendations are the chicken teriyaki and the Japanese hamburger steak. The latter is a beef patty with some herbs and spices in sweet sauce with a little bit of kick. It’s highly savory, so we had it with rice. Both the plain and fried rice dishes were suitably sticky, which means you’ll have no problem getting your fill if you prefer using chopsticks to a spoon and fork. If you don’t feel like teriyaki or hamburger steak, they offer roast pork and stir-fry beef, as well.
After we’d had enough rice, we tried the potato croquettes. The croquettes were served in good proportions to go with your protein of choice. Alternately, if you’re opting to cut back on meat, they can also be filling on their own. Don’t worry about being neat with potato croquettes — they’ll be messy to eat, so go ahead and just break them open and dig in.
If you’d like the full Shoriken experience, check them out at Minesview Park. They offer a fabulous buffet on weekends for Php499 per head and on weekdays for Php299 (lunch) and Php399 (dinner) per head. Dinner menu has more to offer you compared to lunch. You may call ahead to make a reservation at 09177808788. Like them on Facebook [https://www.facebook.com/Shoriken-Minesview-1211735688868172/?fref=ts] for updates, buffet schedule, and more pictures.