Soru Izakaya will steal your heart as they managed to transform your usual Japanese dish into something creative yet still delicious without hurting your pockets. From the restaurant interior itself, it will blow you away from the traditional wooden walls, chairs and table that we’ve grown up with.
Soru Izakaya led the way to a modern and contemporary look for a Japanese restaurant.The creative designs, bright colors and stickers on the walls will get your eyes hooked to every details.
What’s more exciting, you can see the preparation of your food in the open kitchen area. You may want to sit here or get comfortable on their couches. Don’t worry if you don’t have any idea on what to order, I’ve noticed that the waiters are attentive and can suggest based on your preferences for a dish. I personally tried some of their best sellers and maybe going through my post can help you decide (wink!).
Appetizer is meant to stimulate your appetite, making you extra hungry for your meal. In my case I think I enjoyed Soru’s appetizer so much which makes me feel a little heavy after haha!. Ebi and Kani Popcorn (P240.00) topped with potato strings. Tofu Steak (P180.00) gives way to a silky smoothness that leaves you craving more!
Tori Karaage (P180.00), the melted mozzarella cheese over the chicken made this dish a blockbuster in our table.
Never miss any chance with Soru’s Aburi. You’ll find the Shake Belly Aburi (P220.00) “bitin” as the salmon belly literally melts in your mouth.
Shake Nori Aburi (P180.00) torched salmon and japanese rice with teriyaki sauce, wasabi mayo, spicy mayo, japanese mayo with salmon eggs on top.
One order of Aburi Moriawase (P480.00) will give you a taste of sea in a platter. It comes with 1 piece each of tuna, salmon, salaysalay, mackarel and octopus.
My first reaction upon seeing their maki is it’s instagram ready. I’ve never gone to any Japanese restaurants that’s creative as Soru Izakaya when it comes to plating. Uni Maki (P390.00) shrimp tempura and salmon cubes with spicy soru sauce topped with salmon and tempura flakes, drizzled in teriyaki sauce and truffle mayo. The colorful mayo is not just a design you can consume it too.
Kani Shuriken Maki (P220.00) is loaded with crunchiness in every bite. The tempura flakes with teriyaki and cheese sauce were perfectly married.
If you don’t want rice, Shake Furai Maki (P260.00) is for you. Pan sauted salmon, tempura flakes, and cucumber wrapped in tamago wrapper topped with tempura flakes.
No need for wasabi for Hiroshima Maki (P260.00) as it is already loaded with spiciness from the japanese mayo and soru sauce. Made up of salmon shashimi cubes topped with fried gyoza wrapper. Actually it’s hard for me to decide which is the best maki as everyone has its own distinctive taste.
Sashimi Moriawase (P650.00) sashimi platter with 3 pieces each of salmon, tuna, mackarel, salaysalay and octopus. I usually smell my sashimi if it’s fresh before putting it inside my mouth. Luckily it has no overpowering fishy stench. I don’t eat octopus so I had to skipped it!
For a fast and healthy fix opt for Soru Izakaya’s Salad. Spicy Maguro Salad (P290.00) tuna sashimi cubes and tempura flakes dressed in spicy japanese mayo and miso sauce over green salad while the Poke Bowl (P265.00) is made up of tuna and salmon cubes with cucumber, mango, onions, lettuce, with a sweet and spicy dressing.
I love anything grilled or also known as ‘kushiyaki” in Japan. It’s easy to eat and very comforting especially if you have cold beer on the side. The Wagyu Cubes (P135.00) is a melt in your mouth treat and who doesn’t like Bacon Enoki (P50.00), grilled skewered bacon stuffed with enoki mushroom.
Meat lovers can rejoice over Butabara (P60.00) grilled skewered pork belly and Gyuchizu (P120.00) grilled skewered sliced beef stuffed with thick sliced of cheese.
Yakitori (P50.00) grilled skewered chicken leg. Bacon makes everything better right? Bacon Asparagus (P75.00) grilled skewered bacon stuffed with asparagus.
Arabiki (P140.00) grilled skewered sausage tends to become dry and hard when cold so better eat it fast. Bonjiri (P45.00) grilled skewered chicken butt. Take note: the prices that I wrote down is per stick.
A steal away from the usual tempura, Nori Tempura (P520.00 for 8 pcs.). The batter is light yet crunchy. The price is somehow reasonable for the size of the prawn.
We had four out of Soru Izakaya’s six Teppanyaki. Teppanyaki is a style of Japanese cuisine that uses an iron griddle to cook food. So far everything were perfectly cooked without any overpowering taste (sauce) over the meat. Try a little luxury in your teppan Royal Seafood (P420.00) with salmon, tuna, scallops , shrimps and squid. Each order comes with mixed vegetables.
You can never go wrong with any of Soru Izakaya’s dessert, we tried three out of the five choices. I just found the best Matcha Cheesecake (P220.00) ever! It is not only plated beautifully, I think my happy hormones were activated after indulging on this dessert. The combination of cream cheese and white chocolate are insanely delicious topped off with matcha powder.
Tiramisu (P220.00), the layered of coffee fingers are drenched with coffee, ganache and cream cheese frosting. The coffee flavor is very subtle, it’s good for sharing but you can’t blame yourself if you don’t want to share haha!
Rising Sun Takoyaki Desserts (P180.00) is a sweet twist on classic Japanese dish, takoyaki. White and red velvet batter served while it’s still hot with melted marshmallows and diced peach and strawberry.
For beverages, different soda-in-can are available but we tried their Kyuri Green Iced Tea (P85.00) and House Blend Iced Tea (P85.00). The kyuri (cucumber) is mild and refreshing while the sweetness of the house blend remains delicate.
From its name Izakaya which means a type of informal Japenese gastropub, they have wide selections of alcoholic drinks. You can have Sake Nights every Friday, have it in Caraffe (P149.00) or per Shots (P49.00) and have a blast on Sapporo Draft Beer (P99.00) every Saturday from its regular price of P170.00.
I can recommend Blue Geisha (P240.00) with a sweet and fruity taste for ladies night out. The grapefruit, lemon and blueberry infused with gin is just right to make you tipsy after hehe!
I was hesitant to try the Wasabi Kamikazee (P260.00), a combination of Vodka, Lime, Apple, Wasabi and Nori. I’m scared that I will feel a burning sensation through my nose but surprisingly it goes down smoothly in my throat. I actually liked the menthol effect of the drink. I’m sure even if I’m from the South, I’ll keep coming back to Soru Izakaya!=)
Ground Floor, 140 Maginhawa Street, Sikatuna Village, Quezon City
Monday to Thursday 11:00AM-11:00PM
Friday to Saturday 11:00AM-2:00AM
Saunday 11:00AM-12:00 Midnight