I have been wanting to go to Sensei for months now. I always hear really good things about the restaurant. Perhaps I waited this long because of the distance. I mean, I hardly go to Paranaque. I can't even remember the last time I was there.
But then....good food really calls out to me so last week, I gathered the FOODIE Gang and decided to go as a group using Dad's 19-seater County. Meeting point, Peninsula. From there, it was an hour and 20 minute drive to Sensei. If it weren't for the traffic, it would have only been 30 minutes.
It's a small and quaint place. The whole gang filled up the restaurant and only a table for 2 was left for walk-ins.
Now, excuse me for describing the dishes quite poorly. It won't be the same as what Bruce Ricketts, owner and chef, said last night but it is what my memory bank can hold and if you know me..that's not a lot.
Majority of us had the 16 course degustation. Some had ramen and ala carte, which I heard were also equally delicious. MUST GO BACK.
We were noisy as hell. We were starving. We were ready....
SEARED TUNA SASHIMI on WATERMELON and CUCUMBER GAZPACHO.
FRIED OYSTERS WITH KIMCHI
BARELY COOKED SALMON with GRILLED ZUCCHINI, SALMON ROE AND CRISPY ONION RINGS.
SNAPPER with SCALLION in RICE WINE VINEGAR with SHITAKE MUSHROOMS.
TEMPURA KANGKONG with BRAISED OCTOPUS WITH NAKITORI SAUCE.
SALMON BELLY MARINATED OVERNIGHT WITH SWEET LEMON RIND.
ANAGO with SHAVED FROZEN FOIE GRAS
ROLLED MAKI, CRAB with TRUFFLE OIL and UNI on TOP.
2 MINUTE QUAIL with PORK CONFIT
LOBSTER on LOBSTER RISOTTO with MUSHROOM and TARRAGON OIL.
PORK AND DUCK CONFIT with RADISH, BLACK AND WHITE SESAME SEEDS.
(Yes, he made it to look like a cigar)
SCALLOP with RAMBUTAN and PICKLED WATERMELON RIND.
PAN ROASTED LAPU LAPU with ROASTED MUSHROOM, UNI, LOBSTER, EDAMAME and CHORIZO.
BEEF TATAKI with PEAR CONFIT
LENGUA with RISOTTO and RADISH with KOREAN PASTE.
Sixteenth course - DESSERT
BANANA with MISO BUTTERSCOTCH, FROZEN TOFU CHEESECAKE and
The HAPPY TUMMY CAMPERS.
Maureen and Daniel.
Mary Ann and Annabelle.
Dorothy, Janina and your bloggerina.
Lukas and Dennis.
Larbs and Daddy-O.
Anne and JC.
Lucille and Jeff.
Ginny, Cedric and Apollo.
Chef Bruce Ricketts worked really hard and we all agree that the food was delicious.
We promise to go back for RAMEN!!!!
The lovely couple, BRUCE and JAE.
SENSEI Sushi Bar
268 Aguirre Street
BF Homes, Paranaque City
0919 377 2966