Kushikatsu Daruma res­tau­rant opens in Up­town Place Mall

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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.

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