We accidentally interchanged the publishing of two of our posts. This is written by @lloyd.urbino not @me.an.clemente.
And Pura Vida is written by @me.an.clemente.
I absolutely love Japan not just because of its charms, but also because of its food. We didn’t go to the higher end restaurants because it was too pricey for us already and we want something that the local people eat on a regular basis.
Among the food that we got to eat was the Gyudon or beef bowl tat stole my heart. That soft tender beef placed on a bed of rice poured with some sauce, topped with an egg, and has some red ginger on the side. It really satisfied my appetite.
Fast forward to today, there are times where I would look for a restaurant like the ones I found commonly in Tokyo. There are tons of Japanese restaurants right now here in the country, but it still can’t capture the same casual aura that I felt before.
Thankfully, my wishes have been granted with Tokyo Power Rice.
Tokyo Power Rice looks vibrant with the usage of light wallpapers and pops of orange which is pretty common in Japanese beef bowl fast food restaurants. It won’t win any awards in the aesthetics department as it aims only to be a place where people can eat and go when they’re done.
There is also an area for those who want to eat alone. They can sit on the emoji chairs depending on their mood.
Tokyo Power Rice is an established franchise of Tokyo Chikarameshi (東京チカラめし), one of the big four fast food chains in Japan. So you are assured that meticulous attention is given every step of the cooking process.
Every dish is a mouthwatering experience. And if you order one of the meals, just add PHP 15 (or USD 0.30) for miso soup or add PHP 30 (or USD 0.60) for iced tea and miso soup.
Grilled Power Bowls
GRILLED BEEF POWER RICE, PHP 165 (or USD 3.3)
This is their flagship dish which consist of US prime grilled barbecued beef glazed with sauce made out of soy sauce. The grilled meat is place don topped of plain rice which works best as one can savor it.
It’s a simple yet a very powerful bowl thanks to how good the beef was grilled. On top of all that, the serving is big and the price is competitive (for a beef bowl).
GRILLED PORK POWER RICE, PHP 220 (or USD 4.45)
The pork version of their flagship bowl is beautifully done as well. Thus, this is a tasty alternative for pork lovers.
EBI POWER TENDON, PHP 250 (or USD 5.05)
Four crisp shrimp tempura is laid over steamed rice and topped with a delicious light soy dressing. What I like about for this one is that the shrimps are plump and the batter is light.
Tokyo Rice Bowls
GRILLED BEEF WITH CHEESE, PHP 135 (or USD 2.7)
We prefer our grilled beef with cheese as we’re big cheese lovers. Plus, it goes really well witht the beef.
You can also choose to top it with vegetables for a slightly healthier version or an egg if you want the classic one. Curry is also a good choice as a topping.
PORK TONKATSU CURRY (LARGE), PHP 300 (or USD 6)
Curry is one of the most popular dishes in Japan. And although curry is often associated with the Indians, Japanese curry is different because it has a slightly sweet flavor and velvety texture. Paired with pork tonkatsu (deep fried pork cutlets), it makes for a hearty dish.
The serving for this one can be shared by two people if you don’t have a big appetite.
TORI KARAAGE (10 pcs.), PHP 350 (or USD 7)
Unlike typical chicken karaage, this come in small bite sizes. It’s perfect for sharing with your peers if you’re generous. The well seasoned chicken is crispy on the outside and has a very soft inside.
Like most of the karaage I’ve tried though, there is a lot of oil that was dripping down the chicken as you bite it which might turn off other people.
If you look at it, there’s nothing special going for it for Tokyo Power Rice. It looks just like any other affordable Japanese restaurant here in Manila like Tokyo Tokyo or Yoshinoya and even has less variety in their offerings. However, they do these simplistic things extraordinarily. They offer really good beef bowls that will fill your tummy after just one bowl and has a competitive price tag to boot.
I will definitely go back to Tokyo Power Rice to get my grilled beef power rice fix.
Tokyo Power Rice
2291 Chino Roces Avenue Extension, Magallanes, Makati City (across Hyundai and Toyota Pasong Tamo).
Operating Hours: 10AM to 8PM daily.