Awesome Weekend Lunch: New Dishes At Yomenya Goemon



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With my Valentine's Day turning out to be like an episode of Survivor, as I tried my best to drag myself home (I remembered the traffic was real bad that day), I got an invite from Richie (of The Pickiest Eater) the next morning if I can join them at Yomenya Goemon in Greenbelt 3 for lunch....the same area where I was just hanging out the night before.

I did confirm his invite, as I know for sure that there would be far less traffic, since people are 'tired' from the night before. Miraculously, I took the MRT and arrived in Makati in 15 minutes. Gosh, that was a sweet day indeed. I wish we had more days like that here in Manila. However, I was fashionably late that day.

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Yomenya Goemon has been operating in the Philippines since 2012, and is one of the restaurants under the Chili's Group. You'd know that it's as Asian as it gets when there's this display of what I call 'yummy dummy food', the usual language translations on posters, chopsticks and Japanese food trays. The menu, however, is filled with Italian dishes made in the best Japanese ways possible.

This Japanese Spaghetti House is already 34 years old (born 1976 in Japan), but when started in Manila, it had different takes on well-loved Italian dishes and even some Filipino fusions. But now they've got a strikingly good menu to boot. Starting off with some appetizers, I tried their bruschettas in two versions: the first one is Bruschetta with Tomato Marinade & Olive Oil, topped with slightly dressed chunks of sweet, fresh tomatoes, herbs and garlic. The other one is Yomenya Goemon's Garlic Toast, elegantly served with a healthy dose of olive oil, toasted garlic and minced basil. After apologizing for my tardiness, the latter, which I concluded a favorite, was in front of me and I literally finished the whole plate.

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Bruschetta with Tomato Marinade and Olive Oil - P120.00
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Garlic Toast - P100.00
For refreshment, I got this tall glass of Lemon Tea with Milk, which I enjoyed because I was able to not that overly sweet but not entirely lemony, even though I consumed all of the gum syrup included and neatly placed on a separate packet. But it was made from fresh brewed tea, so I know this is not the powdered kind.

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Lunch at Yomenya Goemon was a whirlwind of your classic Italian dishes, made with fresh ingredients, perfected Japanese techniques and tweaks altogether. My mind was going in circles when the dishes were being served at Yomenya Goemon, but to make things more simple, I've compiled them into the following groups: Salads, Pizzas, Pastas, Side Dishes, Delicious Spaghetti Plates and Desserts.

For starters, Yomenya Goemon's Caesar Salad looks stunning and served with lots of cheese and a perfectly poached egg on top. Yolky goodness started oozing out as soon as Yedy (of Yedylicious) sliced the middle part all the way through (I preferred she do it because it wouldn't me worth taking a picture if I do it). I mixed the golden liquid with the other ingredients and this caesar salad was off the charts. This dish is good for 3 to 4 people.

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Goemon Caesar Salad - P250.00
The Goemon Wafu (which means 'Japanese') Salad seems to be at tight competition with the caesar salad, but it boasts of fine, Japanese notes. Here we see some nori shreds, bonito flakes, and features a Japanese vinaigrette based in soy sauce. This type of dressing became popular in Japan, so Yomenya Goemon was able to capture that same taste onto this salad.

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Goemon Wafu Salad
The Goemon Vermicelli Salad is something I avoided, thanks to my allergies (duhduhduhduh) but I just loved seeing this fresh batch of lightly cooked, succulent shrimp mixed in with the sesame seeds, carrot julienne and vermicelli (can you see it?), dressed and served on a bed of chopped lettuce.

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Goemon Vermicelli Salad
If diamonds are a girl's best friend, then I might be no girl at all. Pizza would be my best friend. And with dozens of pizza brands out there, I have a few key differences on why Yomenya Goemon's pizza is a pizza aficionado must-try.

1. Go with the fluff - Is it a fact that pizza doughs may result to different textures depending on the changes in temperature, but Yomenya Goemon stands out to the fluffy competition. Their pizza dough is like a burst of air baloon that you pop on your mouth. It doesn't get any fresher than this.

Yomenya Goemon's Prosciutto and Arugula Pizza is one of my best bets. I love how arugula makes eating pizza so much healthier, giving it that bite and I do fancy that natural slight bitterness on the greens. 

Just like some people I know, green and a bit bitter! Hahaha! Admit it, we do have this kind of friends (but I love them still!)

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Prosciutto and Arugula Pizza
2. To skimp, or not to skimp? - Notice the overflowing portion of toppings on these pizza photos? It's a good thing they didn't really utilize the whole pizza crust. We may see the same indicator with all other pizzas you might say, but the key factor is balance. I'm amazed how it feels light when I held a slice of Yomenya Goemon's All Meat Pizza. It doesn't really fall off because of the heaviness in toppings. But you would know where it finally falls off instead...in my tummy that is.  

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All Meat Pizza
3. Not everything BIG matters - people get the notion that BIGGER is better. But Yomenya Goemon's 10-inch pizzas are small enough so you can try all their other different variations even more. Plus, you get to savor their pizzas, not have more til' you've had so much you won't want another slice. Although I must admit, it might be a bit pricey for some people, but it's cheaper than other brands still. And it's worth it than having than a big, so big, really big box of awfully chewy and bland-when-cold pizza slices.

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Hawaiian Pizza

Yomenya Goemon also serves this Mac and Cheese, one which I always struggle to make at home. I love how the cheese was perfectly crusted on the sides and gooey as it covers the pasta beneath. This delicate but rich dish is made with fresh ingredients and no substitutes.

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The Carbonara with Yolk and Bacon at Yomenya Goemon is like love at first sight. Having to try a number of dishes already that day, this one still made me feel like I haven't eaten anything yet. I've noticed a lot of dishes have eggs in it, which is very Japanese and Italian at the same time. Nothing is better with a fresh egg on top, like this one. One of the best that I've tried so far. Personally I will come back for this.

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Carbonara with Yolk and Bacon
Just the same, Yomenya Goemon is not all noodles and pizza. Some side dishes (I repeat...side dishes? really?)sans the carbs are also available, like this Japanese Style Fried Chicken, which is juicy as ever and served with onion rings. It's made with just the right amount of chicken coating and the slight greasiness that you can see is what makes it even moist.

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Japanese Style Fried Chicken & Onion Ring - P190.00
At first, this Wine-steamed Clams wasn't being touched as much as the other dishes, but it's good. It reminds me of how my lola used to make this and then tossed in freshly cooked al dente spaghetti at home. Soon after, I'm glad that Richard (of Tales from The Tummy) found it to be a wonderful dish as well. I myself couldn't stop getting a piece of clam from time to time.

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Wine-steamed Clams - P220.00
The first time I tried Japanese Style Yakitori, I wanted to wish that my allergies would just be gone forever. Two skewers of big and chunky chicken pieces are marinated in a special sauce, then grilled to moist perfection and plated so beautifully, as seen on the photo. Plus that carbonara, and a tall glass of water, is enough to make for a great lunch or dinner at Greenbelt.

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Japanese Style Yakitori - P190.00
Another side dish (yes, side dish) is the Steamed Hamburg, which is basically a piece of hamburger peeking out of a demi-glaze sauce, with some brocolli and ooh-what-that-egg-doing-again-in-there and topped with onion rings. I broke the egg and it looked real bad. I tried it. Gooood. It's the sweet and savory sauce embellished with that liquid gold that is yolk. It's really an unusual but great combo with that slightly charred patty that's made with premium beef.

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Steamed Hamburg - P260.00
As much as Yomenya Goemon feels that they wanted to create something for groups and families, then an order of their Delicious Spaghetti Plates are good choices. These are mixed combos of your favorite pastas with different sauces, with sides like fries or oniong rings, and served with toppings of side dishes like fried chicken, beef burger patty or yakitori. And some still with a serving of fried egg, for richness. All of which as so good, that it's just right for them to be called as such. And these combos are quite affordable for those who prefer sharing. 

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Hamburg & Napolitean Spaghetti - P450.00
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Japanese Style Yakitori & Soy Butter Spaghetti - P450.00
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Japanese Style Fried Chicken and Meatsauce Spaghetti - P450.00
Every good meal does not end without some good dessert, and what's better than Strawberry Ice Cream! Even at buffets, this has been my life-long flavor of choice. But this was not the main star, but only as back-up for the Creme Brulee which is served with fresh fruit and a dollop of whipped cream. This is not the creme brulee I was accustomed to, but I liked it! And wait til we got another dessert... 

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Creme Brulee and Strawberry Ice Cream - P180.00
...Chocolate Pudding with Vanilla Ice Cream is served with sliced fresh bananas. How I wish I had a sundae while writing this post. And just in case someone in the group asked who got that Chocolate Macaron, I took the liberty of eating it, thank you.

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Chocolate Pudding with Vanilla Ice Cream - P180.00
Yomenya Goemon doesn't just serve goodness by the slurp. It's more than being a Japanese Spaghetti House. It's where we get to see the strong traditions from two cultures you wouldn't imagine mixing together. It's quite a challenge, but they were able to pull it off beautifully. 

Cheers to an awesome weekend lunch at Yomenya Goemon with awesome people indeed. 

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Check out Yomenya Goemon on these pages:
Yomenya Goemon Official Facebook Page
Yomenya Goemon Official Website (Singapore)

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6 responses

  1. Im happy you were able to make it on short notice! See you again soon :)

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    1. Hahahaha. No worries! Super duper good food here. Thanks again! :))

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  2. It was great eating with you again.

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    1. Same here with you guys! Would love to try that awesome cheesecake Irene was talking about before we left that day. I'll be your new customer haha! :)

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  3. Looks scrumptious! Would love to try it.

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    1. Yes! You should, because it's super close to our office buildings Lin! :D

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