This pet project of couple Bambi and Michelle Meer is said to be the best Japanese restaurant in all of Subic. Just opened last December 21 of the previous year, this is not the couple's first venture in the food and beverage business, being owners of a longtime Subic landmark - Meat Plus Cafe. They also own the Tender Bob's chain of restaurants and Kettle at the Shangri-la Mall.
According to Ms. Cherry Calderon, Chef Samurai's supervisor, this venture into the Japanese restaurant food business was born out of Bambi's and Michelle's (as well as their children's) love for Japanese food. The restaurant occupies the old Surf & Havaianas Shop (a surf shop), another of Bambi and Michelle's businesses, which transferred to the nearby Harbor Point Mall, an Ayala Land real estate development.
The restaurant's bestsellers are sushi, sashimi, ramen and tempura whose ingredients came all the way from Japanese stores in Manila. The restaurant also has a 25-pax private function room.
|Daikon salad and beef shahan|
Our food feast consisted of Mix Sashimi (PhP550), Mixed Sushi ((PhP390), Gyoza (PhP125), Aligue and Kani Pasta (PhP225), Daikon Salad (PhP165), Salmon and Cream Cheese Maki (PhP195), California Maki (PhP175) and, of course, their huge and juicy Ebi Tempura (PhP300 for 5 pieces). These were complimented by bowls of beef (PhP85) and seafood (PhP105) shahan (rice).
The food was great, the servings very generous and surprisingly very affordable and we toasted the start of the Chinese Lunar New Year with jiggers of Japanese Mio saki (PhP420 a bottle).
Chef Samurai: Lot 2 Raymundo cor Samson Rds., Subic Bay Freeport Zone. Tel: (047) 250-0655. Mobile number: (0917) 847-4516. Oen daily, 11 AM to 11 PM.