Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Ume-Ya, Our Favorite Neighborhood Japanese Restaurant

Ume-Ya or Ume-Ya Jozam Japanese Cuisine is a Japanese restaurant located along Mambog Road in Bacoor. It’s just a few blocks away from where we live so we consider it a “neighborhood restaurant.” Haha. Currently, it’s our favorite one because of the delicious and affordable Japanese fares they serve there. I’ve never been to Japan but their food tastes as authentic as you could ever find in the whole Cavite province.

Ume-ya interiors

I found out about Ume-Ya from a blogger friend’s FB post about it and since that time, we’ve been to the restaurant for a few times already, mostly during Saturday nights.

Below are some of our tried-and-tested orders:


Kani Salad. For P78, I think this is a steal. Served on a rectangular plate, it is filled with crunchy iceberg lettuce, kani, cucumber and carrot slices, fresh mango cubes, fish roe and Japanese mayo. It’s as refreshing and yummy as it looks!


California Maki, P45. Your fave Pinoy style maki just got better! There are five pieces in one order and each one is heaven in every bite. The hubby orders this every time.


Tuna Maki, P65. When we want it simple but still very tasty, we order this kind of maki with fresh tuna as main filling.


Bibimba, P99. This sounds Korean to me but they have it on their menu. I won’t complain because this is one delicious meal in a bowl. The serving of the meat may be small, but the veggies, sauce and rice are enough to warm and fill your empty tummy.


Beef Teriyaki, P129. Tender, thin-sliced beef in rich teriyaki sauce with bean sprouts over rice. You can never go wrong with this one.


Katsudon, P89. Deep-fried, breaded pork on a sweet-salty sauce with egg and onion slices over rice. Your usual Katsudon cooked just the way you like it – tasty and filling.


Beef Chahan, P75. Chahan is Japanese fried rice and Ume-ya’s beef-flavored chahan is as good as it can be. It’s a meal on its own with some tender beef strips and crunchy veggie bits mixed in.


Chasu Ramen, P165. This is not on the menu but you could ask the waiter for this (and the other ramen variety, actually) and the kitchen staff will cook this especially for you. The chasu was tender, juicy and tasty while the broth was a-okay according to my ramen-loving husband. His only complaint is the half-egg that came with it whose yolk wasn’t runny like those found in ramen shops in Manila.

Ramen Kuroda, BF Homes
Ramen Yushoken, Molito-Alabang
Kokoro Ramenya, Roxas Blvd.
Erra's Ramen, Malate
Yasuo Japanese Restaurant, Robinsons Place Manila
Izakaya Den Japanese Restaurant, Malate
Rai Rai Ken, Finlandia
Yoshinoya, SM Manila

during one of our visits at Ume-ya, the hubby and I with my two sisters

Our visits at Ume-ya are always filled with delight and satisfaction. Plus point for me is the fact that your food is cooked on the spot and served to your table hot off the stove. Some of their meals already come with a red iced tea drink, like the Bibimba, Katsudon and Beef Teriyaki. If you don't want to order any drinks, you could ask for their barley juice which serves as their "service water."


The restaurant may be tiny (only five to six tables inside and no al fresco dining) that you will have to wait for other diners to finish eating before you could get seated but I’m telling you, the 10 or 15-minute wait is worth it. For a decent meal there, I suggest you allot P150 to 200 per head. A bit more if you want to share several dishes for your group. (On our next visit, I plan to try their tempura!)

Sorry, the flash made it impossible to show the restaurant's name in this photo

I just hope they accept credit cards as form of payment soon so they could attract more diners (especially those who don’t like bringing a lot of cash when they go out).

Ume-Ya: Jozam Japanese Cuisine
(beside LBC and Lots'a Pizza)
Mambog Road
Brgy. Mambog
Bacoor, Cavite

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  1. Me and my wife tried the food here a couple of days ago, I was completely satisfied even though I hate seafood.. We tried the tonkatsu bento, and a couple of makis, for a small shop, they serve better food than a known japanese fastfood (clue unli rice!) will be back to try out the warm sake..


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