It’s been a while since I’ve had sushi. And I just had GOOD Sushi!
Welcome to Sushi Ninja, the little sushi restaurant in Westgate, Alabang that could.
When I entered I was greeted by a not-so-attentive staff that didn’t shout, “Irrashaimaseee!” in my ear. I like that. I never really could get into that Japanese vibe of being welcomed into the restaurant, I’m just a little too chill and can do without the extra energy, thank you.
Instead, they ushered me quickly to my seat, and there weren’t many, this place was packed on a weekday at lunchtime.
We quickly sat down and took a look at the menu. You can check the menu shots later to see what you may want to eat. The place is a bit pricey, expect to spend around 300-500 per head depending on what you order. While waiting, I took some nice pics of the table, which were pretty zen in appearance.
I opted for three salmony treats, being the huge salmon lover that I am.
I love the arrangement of the food. All three of these had salmon inside, but each tasted quite different.
First off is the Toshi. Ginza Toshi.
Toshi is a special invention of the chef, Mattew Floro. He graduated from the California Sushi Academy and the Tokyo Sushi Academy. Under the guidance of his teacher, Toshi Suguira, he created the Toshi Nigiri, which is a deep-fried sushi rice ball.
This one is topped with spicy salmon, ebiko and nori. I love the taste of the salmon, as always, and this is pretty premium salmon. The nori and green onions add some green color to the look as well as a fresh zing to the taste. The texture of the salmon is soft and chewy and contrasts beautifully with the crispy batter on the rice.
It is not served with wasabi, but the soy sauce it’s drenched in is slightly thicker and tastes stronger and quite different from the usual Kikkoman.
This is a lovely sushi, and I would eat it again, but I didn’t feel it was particularly better than their regular Kindaiteki Sushi. Unfortunately, it’s significantly more expensive, as it’s smaller and only comes with four pieces. This is its real flaw.
Next is my favorite, the Sakura Maki.
The first thing I would like to emphasize is the value of this dish! The Sakura Maki is eight pieces of enormously sized rice rolls filled with delicious fat sushi! It’s about the same price as the Toshi, but twice as big.
You get the soft sushi rice topped with Bonito flakes, and a huge slab of delicious raw salmon inside, along with a slathering of cream cheese. Beneath is a bed of creamy cheese sauce. I love this maki, it’s modern, it’s huge, it’s delicious!
The bonito flakes give some salty flavor to the rest of it, which is quite smooth and creamy. This is my favorite of everything I ate here. Dip it into some delicious kikkoman dipped drenched in wasabi, and it’s a great treat.
I’d like to note though that these maki from Sushi Ninja are just huge! That’s actually a drawback in some ways…. I can’t eat the entire thing in one bite, so I have to bite it little by little, and the entire thing falls apart and becomes a mess on my plate. Well, small price to pay for the huge serving.
This last dish is Hiroshima Maki. This was RR’s favorite.
Unlike the Sakura Maki this one has a drastically different texture. The ebikko at the top is always a lovely popping texture, and it contrasts greatly with the crunchy tempura flakes around the rice. I loved this symphony of textures. Inside was the spicy sushi, which was soft and like a hidden treasure within the crunchy exterior.
The only reason I put the Sakura Maki above this one is that its cream cheese adds a beautiful, creamy texture that this mix doesn’t have. But the kani and salmon inside works great nonetheless.
Overall, I have to say that this was a very satisfying meal, I would eat here again, even if it’s a bit pricy. However, I have to say that I still enjoyed Kenji Tei’s Spicy Salmon Maki better than anything I ate here, and the price is about the same.
Come drop by Sushi Ninja in Westgate! It’s right across Fitness First, next to Conti’s.
Menu pictures follow: