Pre-Valentine's Dinner at Inagiku, Shangri-La Makati

My husband and I are not fond of Valentine's Day dinners. Since everyone wants to celebrate and dine out, restaurants are almost always full and traffic is horrible everywhere. We believe we don't need Valentine's Day to celebrate anyway

To celebrate Valentine's Day, my dear husband planned a fancy dinner for us before Valentine's day itself (kilig much!). I appreciate my husband for making effort to make our celebration special. He was actually stressed while choosing among his options that he had to consult some friends and family to help him select the best dinner venue.

The dinner venue was secret to me until we actually arrived there. My DH was so excited about it and he kept talking about his selection adventure in the car. He accidentally slipped a clue that we were going to eat Japanese. I thought we were going to one of the restaurants in Little Tokyo, but it turned out that we were going to Inagiku in Shangri-La Makati. I was so excited when we were parking, and I was thankful that I dressed up a bit for dinner.

We arrived on time for our reservation and the place was still filling up with customers.

My forever date! (Sorry for the blurry pic. It was hard to take a clear shot with the low light in the restaurant.)

House Tea. My husband noticed that they really have matcha at the bottom, which is the finely milled or fine powder green tea. According to Wikipedia, the Japanese tea ceremony centers on the preparation, serving and drinking of matcha. I can honestly say that they have very good green tea.

Edamame P190. Boiled young soya bean with salt. It was my first time to try edamame, and it was nice to munch on something soft while waiting for our main course. The salt adds a lot of flavor to the soya bean.

Jo Chirashi Sushi P1,300. Assorted seafood topped on sushi rice. My husband ordered this since he loves to try different types of sushi. Look at how pretty it is and how they prepared it so delicately. Everything was good, and my husband was so full from his chirashi.

Spicy Shake (Salmon) Temaki P335. I ordered this temaki for me. At first, the spice was concentrated at the top but once you bite down, the salmon serving is good and very appetizing. It was a bit spicy for me, but I still loved it anyway.

Namasaba Shioyaki P980. Grilled mackerel with salt. Since DH already had chirashi, I ordered from the Yakimono section instead. At first I didn't want to eat rice, but when I tasted how good the mackerel was, I had to order rice! It's even better when eaten with rice.

Happy tummies after a great Japanese meal!

They even brought us a complimentary dessert.

For those who love Teppanyaki, they have a section just for that.

Of course, who would miss the sushi bar?

All in all, Inagiku is a great Japanese restaurant that I would love going back to. I would like to try their other offerings in my next visit. We'll save this one for special occasions.

To view Inagiku's menu, click here.

Inagiku Japanese Restaurant
Level 2, Shangri-La Makati
Phone: (632) 813-8888
Operating Hours: Lunch 11:30am - 2:30pm | Dinner 6:30pm - 10:30pm

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Patty | MrsC said...

Oh my gosh I love Japanese food. We've never eaten there!!! Time to send subtle hints to MrC about this place haha.

Kim Reyes said...

I love Japanese food, but we've never tried this resto in Makati Shang - I didn't even know it's there! Haha.

Janice said...

Everything you guys ordered looks so good! I'm salivating already. I love Japanese food. And by the way, you have one really sweet hubby. :)

Unknown said...

Oh gosh! Your hubby is super sweet. :) And you guys look so good together.

Mr. Jacob's Mom - Mommy Roxi said...

We don't do Valentine's dinner out too. So either I cook something or order food. This year we skipped it all together and just had dinner the day after.

thereyoujho said...

I love Japanese food, hihi!:) But its my first time to see an edamame. Ganun pala itsura nun!:) Is it pricey there?:) hihi

May De Jesus-Palacpac said...

I have a confession, I'm not very familiar with Japanese food. I only know of California Maki and Tempura. I'm actually hesitant because of 2 factors: I'm afraid it might be expensive and I might not know what to order, I'm not into sushi.

But from what you shared, I saw that though some are pricey, others are not so expensive. Maybe one of these days I'll muster the spunk to step into a fancy Jap resto too. :) Thanks for sharing.

Peachy @ The Peach Kitchen said...

That looks like a really wonderful meal. Belated Happy Anniversary to you and your hubby!


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