Awhile back I was invited to a local Japanese restaurant just a stone’s throw from our place. I have been enjoying the invites to these local establishments so that I can judge for myself if it’s a restaurant that I would like to go back to and visit together as a family, or even visit it with Nino on a date night.
The added advantage to accepting invites to reviews is making NEW friends! This particular day was super fun because although it truly was a busy day for me where I was working on lots of new and exciting things, I felt like the lunch break that we were on was like a lunch “with the girls,” (and the “boy” ‘with owner/partner Donny of course) where we talked about everything under the sun!
Even though this was my first time to meet Guia, and B’ley, it was as if we were old friends catching up. I was pleased to hear that another friend whom I had just met would be joining us as well. I first heard of Rina through another friend Jane, so I kinda felt like I knew her. So much so, that when we met at the Oilily event a week earlier we hit it off as well. Thanks Guia for the invite!
Kessaku is located in Commerce Center right across from Acacia Hotel. It’s easy to park downstairs, and while the mall is still not yet fully open there aren’t any parking charges. I think that might be changing soon, though, so if it does, you’ll pay a small fee for the convenience of parking downstairs.
Guia introduced me to Donny Elvina who is one of the managing partners that brings Kessaku which means”Creating Masterpiece” to Alabang. Apparently, this group has a string of successful restaurants that cater to many different palates whether you are craving comfort food with burgers and dogs or Japanese food done right. Munchtown is another resto which Donny is involved with, in Greenhills and is in collaboration with Chef Robby Goco. I would also like to check out Jozu Kin, which is in Burgos Circle.
Through our conversations, I learned that Donny also coaches Mixed Martial Arts. Believe me, when I tell you that this was such a fun lunch! Meeting new people and learning new things is always top on my list! Donny even coaches his son in MMA…we shared a few stories how it is to be your kid’s teacher. It’s quite funny when you get parents talking about their kids…we can go on and on and on…(and we did.)
B’ley even shared that back in San Francisco, they reserve the tables by the windows (with natural light) for bloggers! It made me think that maybe I should request a table by the window in a restaurant when I know I want to write about my experience.
We even got to talking about a certain etiquette that follows what bloggers do. (The conversation made me even more aware of my manners!) We talked about when eating together in a situation like this, how important it is to wait for everyone to take pictures first, and how it’s also nice to see when other bloggers offer simple courtesies to one another. (Remember how I think we are all in this together? It’s kinda like that same principle once again.) The conversation helped me realize that even in my effort to be helpful and serve my new found friends I was a little clumsy…I think it’s just easier to pass the food so everyone can serve themselves…(Yes, that was a note to self.)
B’ley shared that she just moved back from The States. We also talked about the differences and similarities between mom bloggers and food bloggers. I had a little chuckle because I felt completely ill-equipped when I realized I was the only one using my iPhone for food shots and everyone brought out their DSLR! We got to talking about how you can ACTUALLY take pretty good photos with your iPhone if you edit your photo with some inexpensive apps. Hopefully, she will put together a class and teach me (and some of my momma friends) how to take better pics with my iPhone but in the mean time I think I should take out my DSLR next time I get an invite from these ladies. He he he he he…
Donny really wanted to highlight the bento meals that are only offered during lunch. I have always loved ordering from the bento menu whenever I go to a Japanese restaurant because you get to taste a little bit of everything without having to order all of those dishes separately. Each of the bentos were done well. The portions were generous, tasty, and the sushi and sashimi was fresh.
Would you believe I still had room for dessert after we ate?
Truth: I always have room for dessert.
And because we were both going to be in the same place at the same time…Look who I got to catch up with!
I placed an order with Anna earlier in the week because I knew I would be entertaining later that same afternoon. Her Kashimaki is perfect with tea or coffee and totally impresses guests when you serve it! (I wanted to impress my guests 🙂 hehehehe.
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