Photography by Karlo Cadang
The new Japanese restaurant at Serendra is not one to agree that less is more. Motto Motto, which literally means “more more” in Japanese, lives for what its name stands for. They value inclusivity and try to cater to every single type of person. They’re not trying to fit into just one mold and it shows in their colorful and lively ambiance. wide but well-curated menu.
A white scribble on their glass window reads “All-Day Japanese”- a phrase they take seriously. Unlike the other restaurants nearby, this new kid on the block opens as early as 8 in the morning to cater to the early birds. One such surprise for the early risers is their Souffle Pancake. It’s not just any pancake – it has a Japanese touch with Matcha Butter, Maple Syrup, and Whipped cream.
Come lunchtime, the place gets even more jam-packed. For those looking for the familiar taste of Japan, you can try a couple of their classics – the Dynamite, which is a maki topped with Bluefin Tuna, Salmon, Spicy Mayonnaise Cucumber, and Avocado. Or the Aburi Butadon, a rice bowl topped with hefty savory slices of Aburi Pork Belly.
If you’re new to the cuisine, you can never go wrong with asking the chef’s recommendation-the Omakase Five. It contains five of their delicious sashimi bestsellers like the Bluefin Tuna, Norwegian Salmon, Squid, Horse Mackerel, and White Meat Fish.
Here’s another fun fact about Japan – they’re also home to great tacos (we can already hear gasps of amazement). Their Okinawa Taco Rice was created by Matsuzo Gibo and quickly gained popularity among US military personnel stationed in Okinawa. You don’t have to be a cadet to dig in to this oriental version of the Tacos, all with a Japanese touch.
Adults craving for a hefty set will also love Motto Motto’s phenomenal take on the Teishoku, which includes a selection of Japanese rice, 2 side dishes, Japanese Pickles, Mini Chawanmushi, Mini Salad, Soup, and Dessert! For the adventure-seeker, the Rebanira Itame (Beef Liver) found in the Teishoku set is one-of-a-kind. The liver may not be the most popular meat around, but it sure is common in the Land of the Rising Sun, so grab your chopsticks, take a bite, and eat like a true blue local.
When they said they’re for everyone, they really meant it. If your kiddo is too young to hold chopsticks, the Kids’ Shinkansen Set will satisfy their tiny bellies and make them appreciate snippets of Japanese cuisine early on . It contains kid-friendly meals like spaghetti, karaage, burger patty, potato salad, rice, and even dessert. The dish also sits on a cute Shinkansen plate so your kiddo is sure to be entertained. But the kids don’t always have to get all the fun.
Of course, a meal will never be complete without a dessert. A nice cap to that hearty meal is the Sakura Roll. This fan-favorite has a strawberry-flavored outer layer and a sweet Sakura Cream at its core. After all, it’s not named after one of Japan’s iconic seasons for nothing.
In this age where minimalism is becoming popular again (thanks to the KonMari method), Motto Motto begs to differ. Their vast range of dishes is proof that Japanese cuisine is a definite favorite in our culinary landscape. And with literally something for everyone on the menu, it’s here to stay.
Motto Motto is located at G/F Serendra, Bonifacio Global City
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