Place: The restaurant is bright, fun, and comfortable. Each dining space is equipped with a touchscreen panel where customers input their orders. Also, the dining table has a hot water that one can use to whip up some green tea; the green tea and cups can also be found on the table. The only thing that needs improvement in the place is the music; it plays too loud.
Food: Generally, delicious. The fare here gets delivered on a tray on top of a small bullet train that goes to and fro the kitchen.
First on our plate, the Black Tofu Skin with Spicy Salmon (Php 100). It's tofu skin filled with a chunky salmon salad. The salad is peppery and creamy. The ingredients are fresh and not drowning in mayonnaise.
Next, the Tempura Shrimp (Php 130): ebi tempura sushi basically. The shrimp pieces themselves are juicy. Their batter is light and not too oily. All in all, really good tempura. The sticky rice has a sweetness that complements the taste of the fried food.
Then, the Seared Salmon Black Pepper (Php 140): buttery salmon flavored with black pepper and creamy sauce. This is just perfection!
Next, some Chicken Teriyaki Roll (Php 160). Chicken and veggies, rolled inside some sesame-seed-covered sticky rice, drizzled with terikyaki sauce. Yummy! The chicken is juicy and the teriyaki sauce is not teeming with sugary sweetness.
Now, some Seared Salmon Skin Nagiri (Php 120). Fried salmon skin over rice, topped with a cheesy sauce. Not bad, just a little too fishy for our taste.
Then, the Seared Hokkaido Scallops w/ Pollock Roe (Php 220). Buttery scallops. Salty roe. Sweet rice. PERFECT. Probably one of the best things you can put in your mouth.
Next, some Fried Gyoza (Php 100): fried Japanese dumplings over sticky rice. The filling of the gyoza has the right mix of meaty taste and pungency. And each dumpling is fried to perfection.
Then, the Fried Chicken Gunkan (Php 70): boneless fried chicken topped with Japanese mayonnaise, over sticky rice that is wrapped in nori. The fried chicken in juicy and well seasoned. It's really good!
Then, some Vegetable Kakiage (Php 120): sliced carrots, potatoes, and onions, fried with a light batter. It comes with a teriyaki dipping sauce. It's bland and boring, not to mention difficult to eat for it comes in a giant bunch.
Lastly, the Butter Corn (Php 120). The kernels are too soft. And the serving size is too small! We feel shortchanged with this one!
The free green tea is good, earthy and comforting. Perfect drink with all the sushi!
Price: Considering taste, quality, and serving size, the food here is quite pricey.
Service: The servers are attentive. They can be warmer and friendlier though.
Genki Sushi is at UP Town Center.