Ogawa – Japanese Restaurant in The Fort

Ogawa  – New Traditional Japanese Restaurant in the Fort, Philippines

GF wanted to try this new Japanese restaurant in the Fort, Ogawa. She was hit by a Facebook ad and the pictures look enticing enough so we went ahead. We were accompanied by her friend.

Ogawa is located on top of Tony Roma’s. GF said they have the same owner.

Ogawa Japanese Restaurant

They are currently in soft opening.

Ogawa Soft Opening

Yup, this is the entrance to the restaurant. They wanted to capture the feel of Japan and Ogawa was successful.

Ogawa Entrance

Ogawa Entrance

We were seated near the prepping area, and the teppanyaki table. We can see the meat and fish being prepared here.

Ogawa Chef

Ogawa is full and there were a lot of Japanese eating which we took as a good sign.

The orders at Ogawa Japanese Restaurant

  • S14 – Spicy Maguro – 290
  • LM17 – Ebi Katsuni Zen – 380
  • LM19 – Kurobuta Tonteki Gozen – 480
  • LM06 – Ryo Goku Gozen (Bento) – 550
  • Chukka Wakame – 180

(Excluding VAT and SC)

(Download the Ogawa Menu)

Waiting time was 30-40mins–a bit too long and they seemed understaffed, although the place was full and they were still in soft opening, so it’s quite understandable.

Ogawa Plating

We were given complimentary Chukka Wakame. Girlfriend really likes this so she ordered additional.

Chukka Wakame

The menu is overwhelming. There was so much in it and there were no pictures to guide us, which would have been really helpful as the waitstaff was very busy and couldn’t stay long to explain some questions we had while deciding which ones to order.

Ogawa Menu

Chawan Mushi (all three of us ordered lunch sets which included this). One of our favorites as well.

Chawan Mushi

Here’s the extra order of Chukka Wakame. The salad was fresh and as usual, refreshing.

Chukka Wakame

The Spicy Maguro (Spicy Tuna) was fresh as well and right amount of mayo and crisps. Highlight was the Wasabi. It was sweet, fresh and packs heat. A small amount is enough.

Spicy Maguro Tuna

GF ordered the Kurobuta Tonteki Gozen. As per wiki, Kurobuta Pork is the most highly prized pork in Japan and comes from the ancient breed of pig known as Black Berkshire. The meat from the pure oriental strains of Black Berkshire, found in Japan, is regarded as the highest quality pork in the world. We were expecting tender and fatty pork from this dish but it was tough and dry (and overcooked). We were disappointed by this set.

Kurobuta Bento

Our friend ordered the Ebi Katsuni Zen. This could be a mouthful for anyone. It had sashimi (tuna and salmon), chawan mushi, salad, pickled vegetables, a few pieces of tuna in some broth, miso soup and appetizer, aside from the Ebi dish itself. No complaints here.

Ebi Bento

Ebi Tempura

I ordered the Ryo Goku Gozen. It had appetizers, three kinds of sashimi (salmon, tuna, squid), salad, roll sushi, chawan mushi, gindara teriyaki, tempura and dessert. It had 2 levels to accommodate all that is included in the dish.  You could tell that the sashimi was really fresh–the texture was pleasant to the mouth. It had springiness and bite. The ebi tempura’s coating was light and the ebi inside was juicy. It was cooked perfectly. But the highlight of this dish for me was the Gindara. This is like seafood foie gras. The fat and umami are explosive in your mouth. Beware though as eating too much of this will cause diarrhea-like effects as it is a natural laxative. Everything in moderation. 🙂

Ryo Goku Bento

Ryo Goku Bento

We were given the choice of vanilla or green tea ice cream for dessert. We all chose the green tea. It was creamy and the matcha flavor is adequate. Not too powerful but you can still taste it.

The Verdict

Barring the service and wait time, Ogawa Japanese restaurant has the potential to be a staple Japanese restaurant in the Fort area. Unfortunately, their first impression with us was not all positive. This stems mostly from the service but they are still in soft opening so we have high expectations when we visit again.

 

Girlfriend Recommendations:

  1. Yes to the fresh sashimis, yes to the chawan mushi, and the chuka wakame.
  2. Skip the Kurobuta Tonteki Gozen, and get the mas sulit Ryo Goku Gozen for just 70 pesos more (although still excluding VAT and SC).
  3. DO NOT FORGET TO MAKE RESERVATIONS. We went during lunch on a weekday, and the restaurant was packed. Good thing I made reservations for us so we were seated immediately when we arrived. I noticed also that as we leaving, a quarter before 2pm, the lunch crowd has eased up already. So you can maybe come by around that time, since they’re open til 3pm for lunch anyway.
  4. When you get there, do not get intimidated by the closed door. Haha. Please let yourself in. Yun talaga yung entrance. (Dear Ogawa, maybe, have someone man the door so people don’t get confused?)

Ogawa Menu – Download Here

Price to Taste Ratio – 3/5

Budget Per Person – P450

Operating Hours

Monday – Sunday

Lunch 11am – 3pm

Dinner 5:30pm – 11pm

Dress Code

Smart Casual

Smoking Policy

Allowed  only at designated areas

Location – The Fort Entertainment Complex, 2nd floor of Tony Roma’s, 5th Ave. Corner 28th St. BGC, Taguig City, Metro Manila, Philippines

Facebook PageOgawa Japanese Restaurant

Phone Number – 02 886 4994 / 02 886 4996 / 0917 856 4292

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