Kushikatsu Daruma: Double the Fun WITHOUT Double Dipping (Uptown Place Mall Taguig)

The family has been looking forward to trying out Kushikatsu Daruma.  We've tried kushikatsus from local Japanese restaurants and we're epicurious how those hold in comparison with Kushikatsu Daruma that originates from Osaka Japan.

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Kushikatsu Daruma's interiors really stand out even from the outside.

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Perhaps this branch is even more extravagant than the one in Osaka

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The staffs are very attentive and eager to suggest what to order.

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Everywhere you'd find a reminder of "No Double Dipping".  But, I doubt that everyone understands that.

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My little sister confessed she didn't get it until we told her. ;D


So what sets Kushikatsu Daruma's Kushikatsu's from the rest?  
It's the cooking frying technique and quality of the basic ingredients.  I was surprised to discover that Kushikatsu Daruma's chefs all trained in Japan just to master the craft. 

Pork Kurobuta (179 php), Camember Cheese Kushikatsu (59 php), Scallop Kushikatsu (59 php)
It's really difficult to figure out which is which among our orders.  But, we do remember our favorites: Pork Kurobuta, Camember Cheese Kushikatsu and Scallop Kushikatsu.


We had so much fun and kept on ordering for more sticks.  The quality

After seeing our bill, we realized we should be more keen on our budget.  And, again remember not to double dip!  

So what did we like about their kushikatsu?
1. Variety
2. Consistent quality
3. Delicious sauce

What did we not like?
1. It's difficult to keep track of our expenses as we kept on ordering for more sticks.  And, some of the sticks were really expensive.
2. We couldn't get comfortable with the one dipping container for all.
3. It was a bit oily. 
4. Quality isn't the best I've tried.  For the beef roll, I actually liked the one in Shabu-Shabu Ichiban more.

Small Plate
Karaage (Ala Carte) (320 php)
The Karaage has what I'm looking for.  The skin is crunchy and the meat is tender and juicy.

Rice Bowls
Gyudon (320 php)
Aside from their Kushikatsu, their rice bowls are good too.

Gyudon w/ Egg (340 php)
I'd definitely order the Gyudon w/ Egg again.

Gyudon w/ Cheese (340 php)

chicken teriyaki
Chicken Teriyaki (295 php)
If you're looking for something sweeter, there's the Chicken Teriyaki.

Tip: You can now avail of Kushikatsu Daruma lunch meals for more savings.  For only 265 php, you get your Rice Bowl, Daruma Iced Tea, Miso Soup and a scoop of ice cream.

Tsinoy Foodies Verdict
No doubt that the Kushikatsu Daruma offers an authentic Osakan experience for kushikatsu.  We also enjoyed  the Rice Bowls which were all served piping hot. 

Tsinoy Foodies Review Rating Kushikatsu Daruma Menu
Ambiance ★★★ Menu 1 | Menu 2
Taste ★★
Service ★★
=Favorites or Recommended 
Kushikatsu Daruma
Business Address 2nd Floor, Uptown Place Mall, 36th Street Corner 9th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City, Metro Manila 
Business Hours 11am-11pm
Payment Options   Cash
Service Charge 10%
Budget/Person 600-1,500
Free WiFi Yes
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