Our friends and I decided to meet up one Sunday to have lunch together at a new Japanese restaurant located at Ecoland just beside SM City Davao.
Well, it’s not actually a new restaurant because I have already passed by this place a couple of times before but never got a chance to go inside and try their food out until that one fine Sunday.
Say hello to MATSURI ICHIBAN!
Another reason that I had second thoughts in trying out MATSURI ICHIBAN at first is that it didn’t really look like a restaurant from the outside. There was a sign on top but it didn’t look like any other restaurants that I was used to. Apparently, the entrance of the restaurant was located way inside. It was a very unique concept.
The restaurant is located way inside.
Nice lighting designs
follow the stone path leading to the door
there’s a mini lounge just outside the entrance of the restaurant
wishing stone well
What’s unexpected is that the restaurant is actually very spacious on the inside. Something that does not reflect on the outside. Quite a nice surprise.
more Japanese accents
They only have one entrance to their comfort rooms for males and females but the division is clear. Oh, and their bathrooms are very clean!
TORI TERIYAKI DON (Php 240) – this is grilled chicken with teriyaki sauce on top of a bowl of rice. I love the sweetness of the teriyaki but I found the serving of chicken too small for the bowl as I was not able to finish my rice. But nevertheless, it was palatable. I personally did not have a hard time in chewing the chicken (as this is sometimes my issue with chicken meat) and it was cooked well enough.
NIGIRI (Php 390) – I was not able to try this but my friend who ordered this one mentioned that it is really good. Something that goes well while drinking Sake.
GYUDON (Php 280) – a bowl full of beefy goodness. No wonder why the Japanese consider this one as their comfort food. Matsuri Ichiban’s Gyudon is very generous with the servings and honestly, the rice is just not enough and makes you want to eat more of it. Very good indeed!
GYOZA (Php 150) – these Japanese dumplings are generously stuffed and is indeed a must try. Also perfect for sharing.
CALIFORNIA MAKI (Php 290) – it may look quite small on the photo but the California Makis are a bit bigger in size in person. For me, one serving of California Maki is already good for two persons because one california maki is already quite heavy for me. But again, it depends on one’s appetite.
Here’s a glimpse of the other food offerings of MITSURI ICHIBAN
Whenever Mr. A and I will be around Ecoland area, we’ll make sure to drop by here again to try their other food.
MATSURI ICHIBAN is located at CJ Building, Eco West Drive, Bucana Ecoland, Davao City
They are open from 11:00 am to 10:00 pm from Mondays to Sundays.
You can also check out their Facebook page HERE.
My Matsuri Ichiban Squad *wink* (MIA Dave)