The other night, The Clan decided to have dinner in BF because they didn’t want to go far. ATC & Molito were out of the question because it was a saturday & for sure we wouldn’t be able to get tables or parking. So they decided to go small. Funny, for a group of 24 pax, lels.
Looloo (app) came up with a Fearless Foodie’s Guide to BF.. The Clan decided we must try all, at one time or another. Having just read Jin’s post on Sensei Sushi, I cajoled the group to put it on top of our bucket list.
|I really wanna try Daniela’s Mia Casa next. Any thoughts on that?|
|The resto is really small, unlighted, and hard to find so you have to slow down a bit along Aguirre Ave..|
|The price is competitive. Not too high, not too low.|
|The 15-course omakase/degustation menu ranges from 1.8k-2.8k depending on the ingredients C.B. will use.
Reservation is needed for this particular food set-up.
I was surprised when the owner, Chef Bruce (C.B.), answered the call I placed himself. He’s really hands on with his resto, that’s for sure. After making the necessary reservation, I proceeded to daydream the rest of the saturday aftenoon the awesome OMAKASE DEGUSTATION treat I & the 7 other adults were in for. My tummy grumbled at the mere thought! ;)
On the dot, our 24-man contingent arrived at Sensei Sushi in paranaque, only to find out we only had available tables good for half our people. Worse, they were still welcoming walk-ins inspite of my prior reservation. When I went up to C.B. to ask what happened to my reservation, he was surprised that it was 8pm already (his exact words to me: Oh, it’s 8 o’clock already?), the hour we agreed upon. I guess he lost track of time as he was cooking for another degustation group at the bar. I guess he’s too hands on with his business, maybe someone else could have handled the booking & reservation because C.B. is too busy already. Sometimes delegating is also good to avoid unnecessary bloopers & inconvenience.
To get over their boredom, the girls turned japanese-ah, played with the chopsticks, & voila..
And so we waited, and we waited, and we waited, until finally all his customers save for the ones in the bar left & we were all able to take our seats group by small group at time. (Our 24-pax contingent occupied all the seats, save for the ones at the bar. That’s how small the resto is, so you can gauge.) By this time, most have already ordered from the ala-carte menu so we decided to just try the Omakase Degustation another time since C.B. was still entertaining the other group by the bar & we weren’t willing to wait around any longer. And with less people too so we can fully enjoy the degustation experience at a less harried pace.
|Can you say.. BLURRY??? ;P|
|Can you spot us oldies waiting outside for our seats?|
|Seeing C.B. was not going to delight us with his presence, or offer an apology, we just called him over for a photo op.
Maybe he was just really shy.
To be honest, the service that night was really bad -maybe because we were too many. But if you bog it down, it’s just like serving 4 families in 4 separate tables really. Food came before the drinks. The servers were harassed & brushed us off. Some orders, like the Sensei Seafood Pasta, didn’t arrive at our table due to lack of ingredients & none of the servers told us about it. The kids just kept waiting for that particular food to arrive. Even C.B. didn’t extend his apologies to us or bother to talk to the group as we waited OUTSIDE where the mosquitoes feasted on our sweet, sweet blood.
|See? No drinks even after repeated requests.
I guess the servers were really harried due to the full house.
Sorry I accidentally cut-off your beautiful head, ate! :(
|C.B. doing the degustation.
I’ll try this next time for sure!
|Tuna Sashimi 245 php|
|Salmon Sashimi 240 php|
|Tuna Tartare on Kangkong Crisps 160 php|
Spicy Tuna Maki 195 php
(tempura chunks & spicy mayo)
|Beef Teppanyaki 480 php|
Tuna & Scallop Dynamite 285 php
(tuna, cucumber, cream cheese, crispy scallops, dynamite sauce)
|Spicy Ramen 320 php
THAT IS NOT MY FINGERNAIL. IT’s THE SERVER’s. :P
|Fried Oysters 140 php|
|Softshell Crab Tempura 390 php
I wouldn’t mind going back for this baby alone! <3
|Crispy Salmon Belly Roulade 175
Malansa to the taste. I suggest you skip this. ;P
|Paella Balls 150 php
(squid, pimienta, garlic)
|Spicy Seafood Ramen 360 php
(assorted seafood, ebi tempura, shredded nori, ginger, scallions)
Can you see how big their ebi tempuras are? <3
|Crispy Philly Salmon 185 php
(cream cheese, asparagus, atoli, unagi sauce)
|Pork Gyoza 137 php
(sauce was not recommended for this. To be eaten alone.)
|Ebi Tempura 380 php
The ebi used were long & fat! <3
|Cali Roll with Prawn Popcorn 235 php
(Kani cream cheese, green goddess, aligue atoli)
|Kampachi Sashimi 385 php
Quite pricey considering it’s such a small serving, but must try, I promise! <3
|Half-baked Chocolate Cake 200 php
(soufle-like cake oozing with melted chocolate syrup inside. LHAV!)
|Grilled Banana 175 php
(Tofu Cheesecake, miso & peanut butterscotch, chocolate ganache)
PS- Thank you ate for sharing some (clearer & better) photos with me! :-*