Kushikatsu Daruma restaurant opens in Uptown Place Mall
THE WAY to a man’s heart is truly through his belly. And so what happens when a man falls passionately in love with a restaurant located all the way in Osaka, Japan? He brings this restaurant to Manila.
“Each time I visit Osaka, Kushikatsu Daruma is one of my first stops,” said tech and food entrepreneur Charles Paw. A kushikatsu is a Japanese delicacy that comprises of deep- fried skewered meat and vegetables. Kushikatsu Daruma is an iconic restaurant in the famous Dotonburi area of Osaka that serves the best kushikatsu in Japan.
While the concept of a kushikatsu sounds straight forward, to learn how to cook a proper Japanese skewer requires at least one month of intensive training in Japan. In fact, five Filipino chefs were sent there to train and learn the exact techniques of mixing batter, breading, frying. Japanese standards demand that the bread must be perfectly crisp, while guaranteeing that the meat or vegetable inside the breading is cooked as well.
Those who are unsure of where to start have the option to try their sets, for kushikatsu beginners and experienced eaters alike. Their Beginner Level set includes nine sticks: the classic kushikatsu, prawns, chicken with garlic, chikuwa, tsukane (chicken meatballs), tonkatsu (porkloin), leeks, potato, and camambert cheese. The Advanced Level includes 11 sticks: the classic kushikatsu, chicken heart, chicken intestine, pork intestine, chicken gizzard, garlic, lady finger, gyoza, white onion, leeks, and tonkatsu.
Kushikatsu Daruma is located at Uptown Place Mall (2nd floor), 36th Street Corner, 9th Ave., Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City.