Asakusa Home of Tempura: Crispy, tasty, and not one bit greasy

The entrance to Asakusa. They are located behind at the Grove in Libis, right behind the building with Sunrise Buckets and Starbucks.
The entrance to Asakusa. They are located behind at the Grove in Libis, right behind the building with Sunrise Buckets and Starbucks.

The Japanese food of late here in Manila has been dominated by every restaurant doing signature sushi rolls and, more recently, deep-fried breaded cuts of pork and seafood that we all lovingly know as katsu. It was a pleasure to find out that a new Japanese restaurant that specializes in tempura had opened over at the Grove, which is a quick 20 minute drive from the house.

Now I have always had a soft spot for tempura. When I was a kid, my parents knew that the only way to make me eat whenever I would get sick would be to bring me to Kamirori over in Katipunan to get me an order of ebi tempura. If we were lucky, we’d drop by the video rental shop next door and rent ourselves a laser disc copy of either Top Gun or Mighty Ducks. So yes, sick times were good times when I was a kid.

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Eat Fresh: Hong Kong street food in the middle of San Juan

All of this for less than Php 400.00! Not bad at all.
All of this for less than Php 400.00! Not bad at all.

Yesterday, I met up with some officemates over at EDSA Beverage Design Studio (a place that, if you follow any of my social media accounts, you would know I frequent) for some boardgame fun over coffee.

The rare occasion that I get myself a latte. Behind the scenes of the latte art.
The rare occasion that I get myself a latte. Behind the scenes of the latte art.
Their signature Winds of Winter blend in latte and iced americano form. Good stuff either way.
Their signature Winds of Winter blend in latte and iced americano form. Good stuff either way.

We had a couple of cups over the afternoon ranging from locally sourced beans from Mt. Apo to their signature blends, mainly their Winds of Winter blend.

We spent a good four hours in the cafe before the hunger pangs started kicking in. This, naturally, got us thinking: Where to for dinner? The first place that came to mind, which I’ve been meaning to visit recently, was Eat Fresh Hong Kong Street Food over at J. Abad Santos, just off of Wilson St.

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