I’ve been a long-time fan of Japanese cuisine that it’s probably my first choice in the entire world. Ramen is my favorite comfort food and it’s something I would order whenever I get the chance. So finding a Japanese restaurant nearby is a blessing in my life. Let’s check it out.
On the hunt for restaurants that I can travel by foot, I was surprised to see this food place pop up, seemingly out of nowhere. It is hidden right behind the alley connecting Marcos Highway to M. A. Roxas Street in Calumpang. I only noticed it recently despite passing by the alley a lot of times before. It’s probably because they only open during the evening.
The first thing I noticed was how open it is. The place is al fresco, so it’s safer than indoor restaurants in this pandemic. But aside from that, they secured a good location with a corner lot that has lots of open space.
It’s a good place for a quick meal especially during a quiet evening. It reminded me of the authentic restaurants in Japan where you order, eat quickly, and be on your way.
Their menu has lots of different offerings. It’s mostly different kinds of sushi, sashimi, and ramen. They have Milk Tea and Takoyaki as well. It seems that they specialize in serving Maki platters which can come in handy for big events and celebrations.
Since we weren’t very hungry we just ordered a bowl of ramen and a plate of sushi.
During our time there, we were the only customers so our food didn’t take too long to arrive.
We ordered the Super Salmon Maki and the Beef Brisket Ramen.
The ramen broth was not something I’d crave for, but I do prefer broths that are packed with flavor. This was closer to beef mami than ramen, according to my taste buds. Adding chili powder and chili oil helped give it some punch and it was definitely an improved experience after that.
Aside from the noodles, there were some beef strips and they were decent. Nothing wagyu-level, but remember that we’re talking about a ramen bowl that costs less than P200. There’s room for improvement but for the budget, it’ll do.
As for the maki, this one impressed me more. The salmon was good and melted in my mouth. They also used good rice that had the right amount of chewiness. The Kewpie mayo, salmon roe, and seaweed just complemented the flavor even more.
My only complaint would be that the salmon slices were a bit thin for my taste, but like I said before, I have to temper my expectations when considering the price.
After we finished with the meal, I was pleasantly full. There’s just something about Japanese food that makes me feel healthy despite having eating a lot. The broth of the ramen filled me up well but I wasn’t feeling bloated at all.
My favorite part about having eaten here is knowing that it’s just nearby. They still have a lot on their menu that I can try. Next time, I’ll probably order some takoyaki as well as try their other ramen offerings. And since it’s not that expensive, I can sate my Japanese craving without leaving my wallet depressed.
Boss Maki & Sushi Hauz
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Open Daily, 5PM to 9:30PM
2 M. A. Roxas St., Calumpang, Marikina City
Thanks for reading and let’s eat well!