Food & Dining

Ooma Japanese Rice Bar

The Moment Group, with wildly popular restos like 8Cuts, Manam,‘Cue, Phat Pho Manila, Linguini Fini Manila, and Bistro du Vin Manila, adds a hip & unique interpretation of modern-day Japanese to its roster of original homegrown concepts with Ooma Japanese Rice Bar -teaming up once again with Chef Bruce Ricketts of the Sensei Sushi & Mecha Uma fame.


Lucky to be one of the invite-only guests for a sneak peak last week, a day before its public opening. Thank you so much for the never-ending love my dear Maita Q. <3




Packed with excited guests eager to try Chef Bruce’s latest creations & gastronomic masterpiece.

Bold and New. Two words that describe Ooma Japanese Rice Bar, the newest resto at the SM Mega Fashion Hall. Its cool hip atmosphere and inventive take on Japanese fare take the casual dining experience to a new level. Ooma Japanese Rice Bar’s menu is packed with dishes sure to satisfy voracious diners with its tasty and filling donburis and exceptionally made aburi makis, as well as a host of flavorful hot dishes that go perfectly with a bowl of sticky white rice.


Ooma is a play on the Japanese word umai which translates to “good.” At Ooma Japanese Rice Bar, the staff take GOOD seriously. ;)

Ooma Japanese Rice Bar

3/F SM Megamall, Fashion Mall, Julia Vargas Ave., Wack Wack, Mandaluyong
IG/Twitter: ooma_ph

At Ooma Japanese Rice Bar, Chef Bruce Ricketts uses the blueprint of classic Japanese cooking with the modern Filipino diner in mind, building flavors together & creating something very familiar, yet with new tastes based on the modern day palate. That is what Ooma is all about – palate, comfort and the joys of eating.


Aburi, meaning to “burn something,” is a traditional Japanese method of blowtorch – direct flame to burn, enhancing the natural flavors of the ingredients.



“Fire can be destructive or tame and the art of aburi brings out amazing things – a different flavor and an enticing aroma that fills the entire place,” says Chef Bruce Ricketts.

The menu is a nod to modern Japanese cuisine, offering a range of sushis, udons and donburis. The Sushi Bar has a crave-worthy list of temakis, makis, taco-makis and aburi makis.

The Aburi must-trys include Salmon Skin Maki Roll with torch fresh salmon fillet and crispy salmon skin with asparagus and cream cheese, and specialty sauces wasabi garlic aioli and teriyaki, and the Scallop and Tuna Maki Roll with torch U.S. scallop, marinated tuna with cucumber, sesame seeds, aunori beef fat and specialty sauces teriyaki and spicy mayo gochujang.


Our exciting omakase dinner.



Edamame (P115), drizzled with kimchi sauce. I love anything spicy, as you know, so I had fun dipping mine in this sauce. Remember to eat just the seeds & not to include the edamame skin. ;)



Salmon Tataki 195 php. Sesame crusted salmon with garlic ginger sauce, roasted pineapples and pickled red radish.



Ooma California Taco Maki 135/2 pcs. A mash up of tacos and temaki/sushi rolls. Once you pop, you can’t stop!



Ooma-kase box. ;) Maki Samplers. Chef Bruce sent out a sampler box of Ooma’s signature aburi sushi and maki rolls.



The highly addicting O-Gyoza 235 php/ 5 pcs. stuffed with gratinated mozzarella and cheddar cheese, togarashi and unagi sauce.



Corn and Oyster Kakiage 155 php. One of my 2 favorites that night. Japanese sweet corn & fresh oysters mix deep fried. Served with nori salt and kimchi mayo dressing. Spicy the way I like it.



Tori Kara-age 245 php. Crispy fried marinated chicken thigh, sweet potato, scallion, sesame seed, and soy dash vinegar.


Donburi, which literally means “bowl”, is one of Ooma’s siganture dishes and is all about comfort, a complete go-to rice bowl perfect for a quick lunch, afternoon cravings, or an enjoyable evening.

Packed with flavors found in classic Japanese rice bowls and done in Ooma Japanese Rice Bar’s own style of marinating, smoking or sous vide. The Donburis are exceptionally tasty and filling, with the best ingredients simmered together, served over steaming rice.



For drinks, diners have refreshing options and a range of sakes, the classic complement to Japanese food. Steaming Japanese rice is complimentary. You can have your unlimited serving with any order in 2 sizes: Small (1 scoop) or Large (2 scoops).



Hanger Steak 495 php. Sous vide hanging tender steak with a bed of sweet potato mash, topped with sauteed mushroom crispy baby potato and drizzled with ponzu sauce, pickled dressing and white truffle oil.




Uni Yaki Udon 495 php. With fresh uni and shrimp is creamy and packed with bold flavors. My second favorite. <3



House Chahan 99 php. Mixed veggies, egg & Japanese rice.



It’s always fun hanging with these 2. #DoubleDateWithRichardAndIrene Aside from the chika, they don’t eat much haha. And Irene doesn’t eat beef. At all. So Kap & I get double the serving! :)



Macha Green Tea Tiramisu 195 php/serving with Mascarpone cheese, lady finger, coffee and macha green tea.

Ooma Japanese Rice Bar is built around freshness, creativity and an honest-to-goodness desire to offer unbeatable value for money to the Filipino diner today. This is a menu of dishes whose quality the owners can stand firm by, marked with Chef Bruce’s unique & tasty interpretation of Japanese fare at prices that won’t break the bank.

At Ooma Japanese Rice Bar, mapapa-Oooooma ka talaga sa sarap! ;)

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  • Reply Noel Q.

    Waaaaahhhh!!! I am missing so much! Gusto ko nang umuwi! waaaahhhh…

    Ang sarap ng food! at hindi OA ang presyo. Priority ko itong puntahan pagbalik ko. =)

    July 13, 2015 at 8:18 am
    • Reply sugargospice

      Oo nga hood mo pala ang gamol haha! See you soon mwah! :-* Ang balikbayan box ko ha pinupuno mo na baaaaa? Start na! :P

      July 13, 2015 at 8:21 am
      • Reply Noel Q.

        Bwahahahaha… ipapa-laser ko muna mata ko pag-uwi ko para hindi ako mabulag, hehehe… Proliferative diabetic retinopathy ang diagnosis sa akin, baseline $2000-3000 ang pa-laser dito, kaya diyan na lang ako magpagamot, hehehe

        July 13, 2015 at 8:32 am
        • Reply sugargospice

          omg! @_@ scary yan kasi we don’t watch what we eat waaaa! take care! :-*

          July 13, 2015 at 9:06 am
  • Reply KassTastrophic

    Ingat sa paguwi, Niel (feeling close, sorry!) and I hope you have a successful surgery pagbalik mo sa ating lupang sinilangan. :)

    I missed your blog, Mommy Jane. Huhuhu…

    July 13, 2015 at 1:23 pm
    • Reply sugargospice

      Welcome back kassie!! :-*

      July 13, 2015 at 1:26 pm
      • Reply Noel Q.

        Thank you so much! =)

        July 13, 2015 at 9:15 pm
  • Reply mr_jeng

    OH MY GULAY!!! Mama bear!! Did you know I waited 2 hours just to try them out.. Medyo controversial pa ang peg. and was disappointed on some aspect…

    In any case, I did enjoy the tataki’s and the UDON.. actually mostly the appetizers.. Medyo sablay on the mains for me… and also
    medyo. questionable ung ibang bagay na naganap sa amin.. Hay nako.. In any case.. Un na un.. Grabe lang talaga ang ngyari…


    July 14, 2015 at 8:35 pm
    • Reply sugargospice

      Oo nga kasama mo ba the hungry gang? Pag bagong bukas talaga not advisable to visif yet bbbear kasi talagang ma-tao & nangangapa pa sila.

      July 14, 2015 at 8:48 pm

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