Thursday, October 8, 2020

Takeout Favorite: Ooma's Ebi and Soft Shell Crab Tempura Aburi Bake

It has been seven months since I last dined in and traveled. And as much as I tell myself that it's better to stay cooped up indoors, I can't help miss the "old" normal. Thankfully, many restaurants made it a lot bearable for us by making takeouts a bit more interesting, just like Ooma with its bento meals and its lip-smackingly good aburi bake!

Hello, Ooma.

Ooma is no stranger to those who love Japanese fusion dishes. Its wide array of maki and entrees guarantees that there's something for everyone. And for me, it has always been its soft shell crab taco maki and hanger steak.

I was thrilled when I found out that Ooma is open to takeouts and curbside pickups. But I had a hard time getting hold of its Greenhills branch. I tried messaging its Instagram account, and it takes a day or two to get a reply from them. The mobile number listed for takeout orders take forever too to reply. 

Someone got in touch with me only after I posted an Instagram story asking for other ways to contact Ooma Greenhills. I hope that this was just a coincidence and that customers do not have to post something online to get assistance. 

I placed an advanced order of Truffled Steak Aburi Maki Bento (PHP399), Hanger Steak (PHP565), and Ebi and Soft Shell Crab Tempura Aburi Bake (PHP898) for curbside pickup.

I love that the branch was very accommodating with my request for an earlier pick up when I finished my errands quicker than expected. We paid via credit card, and about 5 minutes or so, we were on our way home.  

The hanger steak is still a winner in my book. Its mouthwatering aroma filled the room as soon as I opened the takeout container. Each piece of meat was tender and wonderfully enveloped with white truffle's flavor. The generous serving of crispy baby potato, potato mash, and mushroom gave each mouthful an addictive mix of textures.

I wish I could say the same for the truffled steak aburi maki bento. I was hoping that it would taste similar to the hanger steak. But it had that slight gas taste which I didn't like. 

At least the gyoza was good.

But the star of our lunch then was Ooma's newest offering--Ebi and Soft Shell Crab Tempura Aburi Bake. 

One order comes with soy dashi sushi rice generously topped with ebi tempura, soft shell crab tempura, ebiko, pickled radish, tempura crumbs, and aonori, then finished off with house wasabi aioli, aligue mayo, and tempura sauce. 

I love that the flavors blended instead of trying to overpower each other. It was also not cloying at all that we finished half a tray in one sitting.

R and I enjoyed the aburi bake and hanger steak that we're planning to order again soon!

Note: This sweet and savory platter packed with various textures is good for four.

Ooma has several branches in Metro Manila. 

Ooma Sushi Bar Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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