Tori Chizu: Japanese Comfort Food Craze (SM Megamall Building A)

Have you heard of the Tori Chizu?  I've been hearing about it quite a lot.  My little sister even recommended it to me. 

tori chizu sm megamall
Because of the Japanese sounding name, I just had to check the origin of this concept.   Turns out, it is an original concept by the same company that franchised Bonchon here in the Philippines

tori chizu sm megamall
It has such a inviting vibe.  The menu is with inviting pictures and unbelievably affordable pricing will make it irresistible for you to not try this.


potato takoyaki
Potato Takoyaki (50 php)
It is my first time to try a Potato Takoyaki and I liked it a lot!  What made this different from the usual takoyaki is the zesty cheese flavor and smooth mushy texture.

Japanese Style Chicken
8 pc rack japanese style chicken
8 pc Rack (554 php)
There are three spiciness levels for the Japanese Style Chicken: Regular, Spicy and Extra Spicy.  As a spicy food lover, I instantly took on the challenge to try the Extra Spic.  As you can see, it was well-dusted with chilli powder.  But, it wasn't as spicy as I thought.  You can still enjoy the flavors of the friend chicken.

Doria Japanese Baked Rice
chicken katsu curry chizu bowl
 Chicken Katsu Curry Chizu Bowl (139 php)
The Chicken Katsu Curry Chizu Bowl is my top pick.  I just loved the 3 C's that this dish has to offer: creaminess, crunchiness and cheesiness.

baked pasta with egg
Baked Pasta with Egg (135 php)
When the Baked Pasta with Egg was served, I couldn't believe how geneorus the serving size is.  

baked pasta with egg
Baked Pasta with Egg (135 php)

This Baked Pasta with Egg is way better than your usual fast food spaghetti.  It even has a unique twist by adding its special seasoning.

beef chizu bowl
Beef Chizu Bowl (149 php)

As I am a huge Gyudon fan, I was iniatilly most excited to try the Beef Chizu Bowl.  But well, it felt unfamiliarly new to me that I was inkling for the usual Gyudon.  I think this need a bit of recurrence to be appreciated.

chicken karaage chizu bowl
Chicken Karaage Chizu Bowl (129 php)
Having tried the rest, this Chicken Karaage Chizu Bowl was the least extravaggant but well-justified by the price.  Can you believe that this is only 129 pesos?

Tsinoy Foodies Verdict
I can understand the craze for Tori Chizu.  First, the price point is unbelievably affordable.  It is within the same price range as most fast-food joints.  I've also shared reasoably priced katsu joints before and this is even cheaper.  Second, how can you resist its delicious cheesy doria meals?

Tsinoy Foodies Review Rating Tori Chizu Menu
Ambiance N/A
=Favorites or Recommended 
Tori Chizu
Branches SM Megamall 
Upper Ground Floor, Building A, SM Megamall,  
Ortigas, Mandaluyong City

Salcedo Village
Keyland Bldg. 6797 Ayala Avenue, cor V.A. Rufino St, Makati, Metro Manila

UP Town Center

Trinoma Mall
Business Hours 9am-10pm (mall hours)
Payment Options Cash
Service Charge
Budget/Person 250-500
Free WiFi No

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Double Tasty Taiwan Hotpot 台灣蒸火鍋: The Best Sate Hotpot in Town! (Blue Bay Walk Pasay City)

We have a lot of Hot Pots all over Manila but Double Tasty Taiwan Hotpot 台灣蒸火鍋 is the first to distinguish itself as Taiwanese.

double tasty taiwanese hotpot 台灣蒸火鍋
Actually, we've have a lot of Taiwanese in the Philippines.  One of my childhood neighbor is Taiwanese and the grade school and high school I attended was run by Taiwanese nuns and priests.   But, it is only recently that we see Taiwanese Cuisine in Manila demarcating itself from Chinese Cuisine

Double Tasty Taiwan Hotpot 台灣蒸火鍋
Truth be told, the difference is not that big since Taiwanese Cuisine is mainly influenced by Chinese Cuisine, most notably from the south of Fujian (Hokkien/Fukien) where most Filipino-Chinese or Tsinoys like me descend our ancestry from.

Double Tasty Taiwan Hotpot 台灣蒸火鍋
Let's track back the Taiwanese Cuisines we've shared here in the past:
Double Tasty Taiwan Hotpot 台灣蒸火鍋
Now let's continue with the addition of this Taiwanese Hot Pot entry with Double Tasty.  The casual appeal is similar to usual the typical Chinese restaraunts in Manila China Town (Binondo). 


Seafood 海鲜

steamed shrimp
Shrimp Steam Pot (980 php)
This is our first time to try a seafood served in a layered Steam Pot style.    It was a very good experience.  This method of cooking is capable of preserving the natural flavors of the fresh seafood ingredients.

steamed lapu-lapu
Steamed Lapu-Lapu Pot (1,180 php)
Of course, Steamed Lapu-Lapu has always been a staple order for Tsinoys.

Others 其他 
home made dumplings
Home-Made Dumpling (180 php)
Although Double Tasty specializes Hot Pot, it also offers a must try Home-Made Dumpling.  Because it is included in the checklist for Hot Pot, we ordered this intended to be an add-on to the broth but it turns out that its best eaten on its own.

mixed vegetables
Mixed Vegetables (238 php)
Adding Mixed Vegetables is the secret to a sweeter broth.

hotpot ingredients
Lobster Ball (178 php), Juicy Beef Balls (188 php), Celery Meatball (178 php), Urchin Dumplings (178 php)
You can't go wrong with any of their selections.

crab claw
Fish Dumpling (168 php)
We were suppose to order the Crab Claw but I guess we got the Fish Dumpling instead.

Imported Meat 进口肉类
beef superior
Beef Superior (668 php)
Just by looking at the Beef Superior, you can see the beauiful marbling.

beef premium
Beef Premium (398 php)
But, strips of fats of Beef Premium are well-appreciated as bang for the buck too right?

Double Tasty Taiwan Hotpot 台灣蒸火鍋
Best Sate Hotpot in Manila!

Tsinoy Foodies Verdict
The satisfaction of a hotpot relies mainly on the broth and the ingredients.  Since they have fresh and  and quality ingredients  and hands down the best sate broth in Manila, we really loved our dining experience at Double Tasty Taiwan Hotpot 台灣蒸火鍋.

Tsinoy Foodies Review Rating Double Tasty Hotpot Menu
Ambiance Menu 1 | Menu 2
=Favorites or Recommended 
Double Tasty Hotpot
Business Address Building H, Blue Bay Walk, Macapagal Avenue Corner EDSA, Libertad, Pasay City, Metro Manila
Business Hours 11am-1am
Payment Options   Cash
Service Charge No Service Charge
Budget/Person 400-1,000
Free WiFi No
Contact (0917) 885-8833
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