Lately, my dive crew and I have been getting chummier than ever, meeting more than once a dive to rehash dives and plan trips and whatnot. Of course what do I do best but to introduce my beloved divers to the wonders of the sea... seafood that is.
Or more specifically... Sashimi!
Now here's the thing... everyone needs to be discerning when it comes to the raw fish craving. I've had one too many experiences where an ingested piece of sushi means a weekend glued to the toilet. Or when biting on a piece of shake sashimi feels like licking a popsicle, you know it's been sitting on the freezer longer than it should be kept fresh.
The downfall with a sushi addiction is the inevitable pains the wallet feels. Good sushi does not come cheap... Or so we thought.
Enter Nihonbashi Tei
Nihonbashi Tei is a Japanese joint in Makati by Pasay Rd. Its entrance is lit up like a karaoke studio which makes it impossible to miss. The interiors are nondescript, as if to insinuate that they don't care about the ambiance as much as the food, but props for the staff because they always seem uppity scurrying around greeting diners and getting the orders.
The main indicators of good Japanese cuisine boil down to the following:
- Menu: If they don't have descriptions or English translations in the menu, they know you know what to order. If you don't understand, they don't really give a damn and you just have to ask the servers (who are all well versed in Nippongo)
- Alcohol: Sake bottles line the top of the sushi bar, and their beer selection is quite extensive and cheap. Score.
- Crowd: If you're the only non-Japanese in the joint, it must be good.
So all three were achieved in Nihonbashi Tei. Since L was new to the place, and J only goes there to drink their cold beer (they're open til 2a), I donned the menuist hat and ordered the goods: