Fukudaya: Modern-Traditional Japanese Fare Made from Market Fresh or Japan Imported Ingredients (Arya Plaza BGC)

One of the older establishments in Arya Plaza, but certainly not forgotten, is Fukudaya.  Since its doors opened last August 2016, Fukudaya has continued to delight diners with Modern-Traditional Japanese dishes. Under the helm of Chief Sushi Chef Koji Oki, Fukudaya has built-up a quiet reputation for serving high-quality seafood on this side of BGC.

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Modern and Traditional, two distinct words describing two opposite states. How could something be both Modern and Traditional? For this occasion, Chef Oki-san stepped outside the kitchen and shared how his team is able to deliver Fukudaya’s promise of a Modern-Traditional Japanese dining experience. By Traditional, Fukudaya stays true to the taste of well-loved Japanese dishes by using fresh Japanese ingredients such as but not limited to dashi, sake, dried, bonito, shiitake, and salmon. Modernity is expressed by the use of modern precision cooking methods, in particular, sous-vide cooking. This ensures that meats are cooked just right to maintain tenderness previously unachieved by traditional cooking methods.

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Keeping true to the tradition of the simplicity of the Japanese, for our visit, Chef Oki-san and his team prepared a humble 3-dish sampler of Fukudaya’s bestsellers. 

salmon carpaccio with sliced reddish pickles
Salmon Carpaccio with Sliced Radish Pickles (380 php)
To start, we were treated to Salmon Carpaccio w/ Sliced Radish —my personal favorite, followed with a plate of Shrimp Tempura Roll Sushi, affectionately called Ebiten Roll by the staff, and finally closed with Australian Wagyu Steak cooked in Garlic Sauce with Assorted Grilled Vegetables.

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Shrimp Tempura Sushi "Ebiten" Roll (480 php)
australian wagyu steak
Australian Wagyu Steak in Garlic Sauce with Assorted Grilled Vegetables (200g) (1,550 php)
It is impossible for me to write about these three dishes individually--as I believe these should be discussed altogether. Ask any Japanese cuisine aficionado and consistently, you’ll hear praise for the freshness of the ingredients—the true star of Japanese cuisine—oft accompanied by simple flavors. The Fukudaya dining experience is no different. The focus of each dish served was the freshness of the salmon or the shrimp, or tenderness of the beef accompanied with only a tinge of flavor, bordering bland, to accompany and highlight the freshness of these ingredients. Yes, the taste would not be too exciting on the tongue but I would want nothing other than focusing on the ingredients from a Japanese restaurant.

Fukudaya also offers special private tasting menus by request and provides catering services for private events.

About Contributing Author:  Hilary Hao 
Hilary is a foodie, photographer and aspiring food blogger.  She and the main author of Tsinoy Foodies were classmates on a short food photography workshop three years ago.
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Business Address Unit 7, The Plaza, Arya Residences, McKinley Parkway, Bonifacio Global City
Business Hours Lunch: 11am-3pm
Dinner: 6pm-11pm
Payment Options   Cash
Service Charge 10%
Budget/Person 600-800
Free WiFi Yes
Contact (0927) 264-0171 | (0998) 805-6859 / (02) 800-3563
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