Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Restaurant Love: 12/10

I’ve been hearing a lot of positive feedback about 12/10, a hip Japanese restaurant owned by the young couple who operates The Girl + The Bull. Knowing that The Girl + The Bull is such a hit with the foodie community, I wanted to try 12/10 too. (I gave up on the idea of going to the couple’s first venture because it’s far from my place.) One night, R told me that one of his friends is celebrating his birthday at 12/10 and we were invited. My tummy went crazy (in a good way).

Hello, 12/10!
The adorable and artsy restaurant is pretty small and parking is quite limited (unless you do not mind a bit of walk).
12/10 has a short list of dishes available. (This restaurant only has 11 dishes in its menu.) R and I went with Blowtorched Salmon (PHP280), Katsu Sando (PHP260) and Onigiri (PHP410).
First served was the Blowtorched Salmon and serving was quite small. Basically, one piece costs PHP140. But it was worth the price. It may be one mouthful but it was oozing with flavor! The uni, caviar, nori and ponzu sauce all went together. The shiso leaf and panko (bread crumbs) added texture to the dish and made it even more delightful.

Next served was the Onigiri and the first thing that came to mind was… how do I eat this?
It was messy to eat this as the spicy tuna and the nori were quite chewy and biting off a bit was challenging. You cannot eat this with poise. It is impossible. 

The combination of the spicy tuna,foie gras and balsamic was pretty good! My taste buds failed to taste the maple syrup though.

Perhaps the most filling dish that night was the Katsu Sando. 
Just like the Onigiri, it was messy to eat as well. The tare sauce was dripping all over but it made the katsu yummier.The kyuri and yuzu kosho added extra kick making the dish quite addicting.

The serving size at first was a turn off. But S, B, T, J, R and I were pretty satisfied and left with happy tummies.

12/10 is located at 7635 Guijo Street, San Antonio Village, Makati City. Open Mondays to Saturdays 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.. 

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