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If you’re a sushi fan, we’re pretty sure you’ve heard about this restaurant that serves authentic Japanese dishes at an affordable price. Genki Sushi is an international brand known for their delish food delivered using a high-tech conveyor belts. Interesting, right?

The restaurant is locally operated by Mother Spice Group, the company behind Mango Tree and Cocina Peruvia. They recently opened their 4th branch at SM Aura Premier, BGC in Taguig last June 7 with new exciting menu items.

In an interview with Manila Bulletin, Genki Sushi Philippines brand manager DJ Atienza, said that most of their ingredients came from Japan to ensure quality.

“Even the sauces are from Japan to make it consistent like the shoyu (soy sauce), as well as the pickled ginger and green tea. We are not allowed to use local ingredients without prior approval from the head office.

“When we have a shortage of items or problems with importation, when they visit here for quality audit, they ask us to provide local samples and then they taste it. But still, that can’t be used as an everyday item, it is used as an alternative only in case of an emergency,” he said.

Their coconut shrimp is really a must try! It is butterflied shrimps rolled in panko bread crumbs and coconut flakes then deep fried until golden brown. The kushi-age on the other hand is a small basket of deep fried meat and vegetables like shrimp and fish. The crispiness of the salmon skin is addicting and you may want more after trying it for the first time!

Genki’s Coconut Shrimp and Kushi-age

They also have sushi trio plate that contains different kinds of sushi so you can try many variations of your fave Japanese dish. It is, however, only with salmon (one of each regular salmon, seared salmon with pollock roe, and seared salmon with black pepper) and the sushi salad rolls (spicy tuna, tuna salad, and kanikama salad).

Genki Sushi Plates

If you want to try something new for desserts, Genki also has new offerings like the maki dessert (cake roll with cream filling), caramel mochi that has brûléed sugar topping, and the creamy vanilla and strawberry mille crepes.

Vanilla Mille Crepes

Genki Sushi also offers donburi bowls like chicken teriyaki, katsudon, oyako don, chirashi don (a bowl of sashimi over rice), unadon (grilled eel), and shrimp tempura and udon set.

The Philippine branch also changed the restaurant layout. Usually, Japan stores have a bar layout where people usually dine alone. The restaurants here have booths that can fit six people good for with family, friends, or colleagues.

“We have a choice, to set it up like a bar or to maximize the seating capacity of the kousoku lane (train delivery system) by doing the booth seating. We also considered how Filipinos would go out together as families, as we rarely go alone, unlike in Japan,” DJ says.

Genki Sushi Philippines has branches in UP Town Center, Ayala the 30th, and BGC Stopover. Check out Genki Sushi’s Facebook page for more details.

[Manila Bulletin; Photos from Angelo Garcia via Manila Bulletin]

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