Ogawa Manila Opens Today; Traditional Japanese Restaurant Dishes in Photos

Seats For Two was invited to the press launch of the new Ogawa Traditional Japanese Restaurant yesterday, a day before opening it to the public, to taste some of the dishes it will offer.

Ogawa Manila,
Ogawa Manila, Fort Strip @ BGC

Ogawa Manila is located at the 2nd Floor of The Fort Entertainment Complex in BGC, exactly above Tony Roma’s. For the familiar, it’s right beside KPub Korean BBQ.

The new Japanese restaurant has a welcoming mini zen bridge and ambience occasionally perked-up by three traditional drumbeats by the antique main door. The open kitchen central to the interiors invites the curious eyes on how your dishes are prepared.

Ogawa Restaurant
Ogawa Restaurant Antique Door Entrance
Ogawa Legacy Walls

Those who prefer a more private experience have the options for five elegantly designed private dining rooms to create comfort and ambiance perfect for business meetings, intimate get-togethers or birthday celebrations. Interestingly, the rooms were named after distinct cities in Japan namely: Ginza, Roppongi, Akasaka, Aoyama and Shinbashi. The Japanese wallpaper by Ushio Sekiguchi created a natural atmosphere and as if made one feel of having a breath of fresh air as the layout of pine trees, leaves, branches and sparrows seemingly created a natural landscape in the walls.

Open Kitchen
Central Open Kitchen main counter patterned after “Mikoshi
Sushi Station
Sushi Station

Tasting Ogawa Manila

As a couple, we made sure to order two different dishes and we were given the options  for Tempura to Yakizakana (P430) and Gyunabe Lunch (P480).

The former consisted of prawnkizu tempura and grilled fish. The latter  had salad and beef with vegetable hotpot. Both had accompanying appetisers, rice, miso soup, pickles, and dessert.

Tempura to Yakizakana
Tempura to Yakizakana (P 430)
Gyunabe Lunch
Gyunabe Lunch
Black Sesame Ice Cream
Dessert: Black Sesame Ice Cream

We both loved our fares noticeably made with fresh and quality ingredients. The price is not cheap but it’s not expensive as well, specially for a Japanese restaurant in upscale Bonifacio Global City.

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Jonel & Marj of Seats For Two @ the “Mikoshi” Main Counter w/ Spanky in the background. 🙂

The Story of Ogawa Manila

Ogawa Restaurant promises to give out a distinctly ancient dining experience fervently built upon a strong foundation of legacy. And in Japan, freshness and excellence in preparation is one of their key traditions.

The immense passion of food connoisseur and businessman George N. Pua of No Limits Food, Inc., alongside renowned Japanese Chef, Kiyoshi Ogawa, led them to the reality of the newest traditional Japanese Restaurant—Ogawa.

Private Rooms
One of the Private Rooms (w/ TV)
Crazy Maki
Crazy Maki 7pc/order (P480): Prawn Tempura, Crabstick Omelet, Cucumber, and Salmon Skin Wrapped and Topped with crunchy topping

The main counter, where the skilfully made cuisines are set to be served to guests, is patterned after “Mikoshi” traditional festival since it’s like the main stage of Chef Ogawa. The sushi station, on the other hand, is created with a sense of space and a delectable aura to beautifully present the art of sushi.

From design to ambiance to service, the entirety of Ogawa will ring authentic and traditional. The chief director, Hiroshi Yoshida, and main designer, Ryo Konno, were inspired by the unfaltering determination of the founders that they made sure to be consistently aligned on what they believe in from the way the restaurant is urbanely engineered up to its impressive interiors.

More Ogawa Manila Dishes

Customers will marvel at the offerings on their menu including Teppanyaki whose meat , seafood and vegetables are cooked and seared on an iron girdle, the traditional multi-course Japanese dinner Kaiseki, and the original Japanese barbecue, Robatayaki, paired exquisitely with the Japanese staple, Sushi.

Here are more appetising photos we took at the Ogawa Manila press launch (we hope to try them in our next visits) 🙂 :

Ryo Goku Gozen Bento
Ryo Goku Gozen Bento (P550) for the Dragon Ball Z Fans! Appetizers, three kinds of sashimi, salad, roll sushi, chawan mushi, and gindara teriyaki, tempura, desserts.
Dragon Roll
Dragon Roll – 7pc (P750): Lobster Tempura, Omelet, and Cucumber, wrapped and topped with fresh water eel and ripe mangoes
Sashimi Mori
Sashimi Mori (P770 regular P550 promo): 3 kinds of assorted sashimi
Tako Wasabi
Tako Wasabi (P160): fresh octopus and wasabi with special bonito liver sauce
Teppan Lobster Gozen
Teppan Lobster Gozen (P1,800): Appetizers, Salad, Lobster, US Beef Steak 150g, Fried Rice, Miso Soup, Pickles, and dessert
Unagi Maki Tamago
Unagi Maki Tamago (P180): pan-fried Japanese style omelet stuffed with grilled eel
Asparagus Tempura
Shiromi To Asparagus Tempura (P280): Asparagus wrapped in white meat fish

Ogawa Traditional Japanese Restaurant
2nd floor (of Tony Roma’s) of The Fort Entertainment Complex,
Fort Strip, 5th Ave. corner 28th St. BGC, Taguig City
Telephone: +632.886.4994 / 886.4996 / 0917-85-OGAWA

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Ogawa Traditional Japanese Restaurant opens today, October 8! Discover more dishes in Manila’s new culinary gem on their website www.ogawamanila.com and Facebook page.

Jonel & Marjorie Uy
Mr. & Mrs. Jonel & Marjorie Uy are the blogger couple 'seated' behind SeatsForTwo.com, Know more about her at LivingMarjorney.com and him at BloggerManila.com

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