What I love about eating is the leisurely pace of the activity, where you can spend quality time with your companions (or by yourself) or enjoy the different flavors on your plate. As much as possible, I want to be fully present during meals, whether I’m with someone or I’m alone.
But life doesn’t always work out the way we want it to and sometimes eating can be a rushed experience. The three-hour lunch is now a ~*concept*~ and many of us power through quick lunches or dinners. That may be the case for a lot of us but that doesn’t mean eating should be boring.
That’s what inspired Chibo Okonomiyaki in producing its Executive Set Meals, a line of Japanese dishes for diners on the go. Chibo is known for serving some of the best okonomiyaki prepared right on your table, but there are diners who prefer straightforward meals they can order, eat, and pay for. That’s why for the Chibo branch in Podium, Ortigas, where mostly office workers and businessmen dine, the teppan is in the kitchen.
First, a brief background of Chibo Okonomiyaki. The restaurant is called the king of all okonomiyaki restaurants as it is the biggest okonomiyaki restaurant in the food arcade in Dotonbori, Japan. It’s known for its savory pancakes, made with dough, cabbage, tempura bits, spring onions, red ginger, and other fillings, topped with special sauce, mayonnaise, ground dried seaweed, and fish flakes.
There are currently six Executive Set Meals and here’s what I thought:
Unagi Kabayaki Ju (P888)
The Unagi (eel) is my favorite because it has a distinctly sweet and smoky flavor that I like. Freshwater Japanese eel is marinated in sweet cake and sweet dark soy sauce, and I found myself craving for this particular dish days after I tried it.
Pork Ju (P488)
The Pork is a good dish for those who enjoy generous servings of pork belly in shoyu wine sauce over a bed of hot rice. It’s a classic comfort dish that I would come back for.
Mixed Seafood Ju (P688)
The Mixed Seafood is a decadent combination of Norwegian salmon, US scallops, squid, and tiger prawns in salt garlic sauce. The prawns are huge and is enough of a come-on to order this dish.
US Angus Steak Ju (P788)
This Executive Meal has heaping servings of US Prime Angus Steak in garlic ginger wine sauce. The marinade is rich and unique, which makes it the perfect partner of good steak.
Hamburger Steak with Teriyaki Sauce (P488)
Those who like burgers will like the Hamburger Steak, which is made up grated pork and beef mixed with onion, garlic, and panko flakes. The steak is pretty big so it’s filling!
Cheese Hamburger Steak with Teriyaki Sauce (P588)
You can also get it with cheese!
Oden Meal (P588)
The Oden Meal is quite unique. It’s a mix of grilled fish cake, deep-fried fish cake, konnyaku (Konjac potato), and daiko radish in a Japanese-style stew. It comes with grilled salmon on the side.
Osaka Meal (P588)
You can also try the Osaka Meal, which comes with Chibo’s famous okonomiyaki and yakisoba with mentaiko mayonnaise. Always a good choice!
Each Executive Meal comes with rice, salad, miso soup and a glass of house blend iced tea.
Other Dishes to Try:
If you want to add something to your Executive Set Meal, I would recommend the Omusoba (P388), an egg omelette overflowing with yakisoba; the enormous Shirayukihime Okonomiyaki (P588), an okonomiyaki dish with with prawn, bacon, pork, tomato, avocado and cheese topped with meringue made from egg whites; and the Gyoza Teppan (P168), which is cleverly presented as flat.
And of course, Chibo’s okonomiyaki!
Address: 2F, S Maison, Conrad Manila, Seaside Boulevard Corner Coral Way, Mall of Asia Complex (MOA), Pasay City
Address: 5F, The Podium, ADB Avenue, Ortigas, Mandaluyong City