I’m taking over Quick Bites for now. After the tastefully done Auro event, my good friend, Nines of Nines vs Food, invited me to dine with them (other KTG members organized by Ms. Jazmine of EricJazFoodies) at 10 Ronin restaurant. I heard from her that it’s a Japanese restaurant and I’m in no hurry to go home. Thus, I ended up going and I will never regret my decision as I discovered a food joint that will surely interest you, our millenial and adult readers.
10 Ronin is located in one of the quiet alleys in Makati City. Hidded in plain sight, it makes for a chill night with friends especially with that fesity lady mural.
Anyway, the food joint is called 10 Ronin because, according to one of the owners, it’s owned by five couples which, of course, makes them ten owners. They then decided to add the term rōnin which pertains to samurais without lords or masters. This is because their food doesn’t follow traditional Japanese cuisine and they freely innovated their dishes by incorporating Filipino flavors.
For a dinner, we got to sample various dishes of 10 Ronin.
TINAPA KANI SALAD WITH SALTED EGG SAUCE, PHP 175 (or USD 3.5)
I couldn’t taste the (or smoked fish) and the salted egg sauce. Maybe because they only put meager amounts of it, maybe because it wasn’t mixed well, or maybe because I’m not Lloyd. Anyway, it’s still a nice salad.
SPICY TUNA ON ICE WITH WONTON CHIPS, PHP 175 (or USD 3.5)
I enjoyed putting the spicy tuna salsa on the wonton chips. If that’s just mine alone, I can pleasurely finish it.
RONIN SISIG CRISPY TACO, PHP 150 (or USD 3)
The sisig alone is already tasty especially with the chopped green onions and a sprinkle of furikake, dry Japanese seasoning. Paired with the crispy nori, I can’t believe I’ve been missing this all my life.
AGEDASHI TOKWA’T BABOY WITH ONION SALAD, PHP 150 (or USD 3)
Some may still crave for the fried crunchy tofu because the silken tofu even when breaded and fried is really tender. However, the deep fried pig ears easily makes up for it. I love the balanced taste of the shoyu vinegar and soy sauce. Proud of me yet, Yogo?
RONIN UFC FRIED CHICKEN KARAAGE WITH BONITO FLAKES, PHP 175 (or USD 3.5)
Despite its name, the chicken here is more Filipino in taste.
RONIN CORNFLAKE SHRIMP TEMPURA SALTED EGG BUTTER SAUCE, PHP 150 (or USD 3)
I didn’t know that this has salted egg butter sauce until I just saw the menu. What I predominantly tasted was the cornflake maybe because it was topped generously at this maki. The taste of the fried basil was also faint making me think that it’s more of a garnish.
RONIN ADOBO FLAKES MAKI, PHP 125 (or USD 2.5)
Although I didn’t taste the salted egg sauce and it’s just a simple maki, I super love this. I truly recommend that you order this.
RONIN U.S. BEEF TAPA GYUDON SILOG, PHP 195 (or USD 3.92)
This is really good even if their 65 degree egg is runny because of the tasty U.S. beef tapa. I can finish a bowl of this any day.
SPICY MISO CHICKEN TINOLA RAMEN, PHP 175 (or USD 3.52)
There is the taste of tinola, sure. But I couldn’t appreciate the broth well because the spiciness don’t seem to fit it. Well, that’s just me. I don’t know what my partner will think about it.
SPICY KIMCHI SINIGANG RAMEN, PHP 195 (or USD 3.92)
It’s sour, it’s spicy, and it’s different. My tastebuds was awakened with this ramen.
10 Ronin Menu
As you can see, the food offered are fairly affordable considering what they offer are Japanese-Filipino fusion and they are located in Makati City. They could achieve this because the place is not air-conditioned. No worries though because the place is well ventilated and there is a zen garden to boot. This makes it a perfect place for a chill night with friends.
4357 Montojo Street, Santa Cruz, Makati City.
Operating Hours: 5PM to 11PM.