John and I are big Sensei Sushi fans, and we were excited to try Chef Bruce’s new, more affordable dining concept at SM Megamall’s Fashion Hall, never mind the supposed 2-hour wait for a table. We decided to add our names to the queue, and kill time by browsing books over at Fully Booked.
I’d say it took a little over an hour for us to be seated, but I think the long wait is mainly because about a third of the inner dining area is still closed while they are on soft opening.
The restaurant’s interiors are inspired by the Tsukiji fish market in Tokyo, using such things as rainboots and stools built on plastic crate as design elements. It’s definitely a casual place, with a hip yet relaxed vibe.
We started our dinner with the Soft Shell Crab Taco Maki (P199/2pcs), an open-faced temaki wrap with crispy soft-shell crab, aligue mayo, and tobiko. This was my favorite dish for the night, and a must-order!
I love unagi, and never fail to order it in some form whenever we’re at a Japanese restaurant. And I really liked Ooma’s Unagi Maki (P299/6pcs), made with toasted rice, cream cheese, fried shallots, and sesame seeds.
The Tuna Karaage (P335) is deep-fried tuna belly coated with sweet potato strips, togarashi, and seaweed. I really, really didn’t like this dish and something tasted off to me. I heard that the chicken version is really good, but I don’t eat chicken.
Is Ooma worth the long queue? Well… I don’t regret lining up for dinner, but maybe we’ll wait for the lines to move a bit faster before going back. I definitely want more of the soft shell crab taco maki, and also want to try the udon with uni cream.
Have you tried any of the dishes at Ooma? How long did you have to queue, and what other dishes would you recommend?