Japanese on a budget

IT'S one of those go-to Japanese restaurants popping up in the city, that will not bust your budget. Imee and I were going to try that one along Ponce Street, but it was closed and so I suggested one other somewhere in Barrio Obrero that I often pass by but couldn't recall where. No, it's not the one along Sobrecarey Street, we already tried that several months ago.

This one is along Palma Gil Street, the block after the Wheels and More compound. The name is Tomodachi Japanese Cuisine (no, not Tamagochi the toy, but Tomodachi). It's tiny. You might miss it. We arrived at 11 a.m. as we intended to have an early lunch so that I can return to work as quick as I can.

There was just one other table occupied. The waiter was fast and very accommodating. Even cautioned the family of three who just arrived that their regular ramen order is quiet big and they might not be able to consume three for the three of them. I like waiters who give you an idea how much you are getting.

We ordered Seafood Ramen (because I wanted to check how their ramen is). They have two sizes for their ramen, small and regular. I got the small for P95. Imee got the Chicken Teriyaki (I forgot how much).

For sharing, we got the Davao Malagos Cheese Sushi Rolls (P145 for six rolls), and the Okonomiyaki (P155). Service is fast, the food is okay for the price. Suffice it to say that while the ramen is okay, I'm still looking for that really good ramen.

Service, however, got crazy when the tiny restaurant with ten small tables filled up. With just one waiter, something's gonna give, and that something was our bill and my request for water. It took a long time before they finally served our and my glass of water.

It took three requests separated by several minutes because it's difficult to catch the waiter and one walk up to the cashier table. Thus ended what was supposed to be a satisfying lunch.

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