Japanese cuisine is perhaps one of our favorites. Mention sushi to JR and his face will immediately brighten up. That’s why, I decided to surprise him with lunch at Sushi Ninja when we stayed at a nearby hotel for our anniversary. A bold move if you ask me as he is quite picky when it comes to sushi and it was our first time eating there.
We arrived as they opened at 11:30 and we were seated right away. A few minutes later, the restaurant was filled with the initial wave of Sunday lunch-goers. JR commented on the number of people waiting for a table: “The food must be really good for the restaurant to be full right away”.
Located at Westgate Center in Alabang, Sushi Ninja offers a variety of modern and unique dishes. We had a hard time choosing as everything in the menu looked so enticing.
We decided to start with a simple dish to warm up our palette and ordered Agedashi Tofu. It was silky and comforting, with a subtle crunch.
Agedashi Tofu – P185. Lightly battered deep fried tofu in tempura sauce with grated radish and onion leeks
For us, a trip to a sushi restaurant is not complete without sashimi. Their salmon sashimi was so fresh, I could eat it all day!
Salmon Sashimi – P320. Generous slices served with wasabi and calamansi
Just as we finished our salmon sashimi, the much awaited sushi was served. Again, we started with something simple before moving on to the more interesting choices. Teka (tuna) Maki seemed a good way to begin our ride to sushi wonderland. The tuna was tender and light, even better with soy sauce.
Teka Maki – P160
Sushi Ninja has a number of intriguing modern sushi to choose from. The Sakura Maki is my personal favorite. The salmon, cream cheese, and tamago (egg) did not overpower each other. Add the spicy mayo and bonito flakes in the mix, and you have perfection on a plate.
Sakura Maki – P360. Salmon, Tamago, Cream Cheese, Spicy Mayo, and Bonito Flakes
The Shinjuku Maki has a medley of flavors that will tease your senses. It was good, but a bit overwhelming as there was a lot happening at the same time. We also weren’t fond of it being deep fried.
Shinjuku Maki – P490. Spicy Tuna, Unagi, Tamago, Deep Fried and Topped with Kani,
Ebiko, Japanese Mayo, Special Sauce and Black Sesame Seeds
Now, let’s talk about Sushi Ninja’s signature dish: Owner and Chef Matthew Tanjuakio’s Toshi Nigiri Sushi. It’s a lightly battered sushi ball which was deep-fried. Yep, it’s a DEEP.FRIED.SUSHI.BALL. This special sushi is inspired by the chef’s mentor, Toshi Suguira.
We tried the Odakyu-Toshi which was the most beautiful thing. I loved how the salmon was wrapped around the uni (sea urchin) and topped with spring onions. It was too pretty that I almost had the urge not to eat it. Well, almost. It surely did not disappoint as the delicate flavor of salmon and the creaminess of uni worked very well together.
Odakyu-Toshi – P360. Salmon, Uni, Yuzu, Sea Salt and Negi
I would say that eating at Sushi Ninja was a risk that was worth taking. If you find yourself craving for sushi, then this is a really good place to indulge and satisfy your taste buds.
Disclaimer: We paid for our own meal in writing this review. The opinions expressed are entirely based on our experience.
Westgate Center, Filinvest Ave, Alabang, Muntinlupa, Philippines (map)
Opening hours: 11:30 AM – 10:00 PM
Contact Numbers: 02 5567706 ; +63 9178378744
Facebook: Sushi Ninja PH
Reservations are accepted.