I tagged along with my cousin Stanley for dinner with his HS friends. We were supposed to eat in another restaurant in Northeast Square but it was closed on Sundays. I chose to eat at Aomori instead and I’m glad we ended up there.
Aomori is a Japanese style cafe that also sells a lot of Japanese merchandise and bread.
They had an open kitchen. A really open kitchen without any glass partition to the dining room. I don’t know if it’s still the same way now but my friends were really bothered with the smell and smoke reaching the dining area.
I chose two kinds of stuffed loaf bread for their appetizers. They kindly heated it up and served it with coffee honey butter. Everyone said the bread was very good. Every night starting 6:00 pm the breads go on sale at 30% off.
pork floss bread with coffee honey butter 95
While looking for the phone number of Aomori I found out it has the same owner as Yumemiya Japanese Cafe. While I was disappointed with Yumemiya’s policy of not allowing any food substitution in their sets, I was very happy with Aomori allowing me to change my rice and roasted veggies to a salad instead.
They gave me a big serving of Aomori salad which was an mostly green salad. It had green apple slices, kiwi slices, hard boiled eggs, onions, pine nuts and a delicious mild, creamy pesto dressing. I really enjoyed this salad very much!
The food choices in the menu weren’t really Japanese but they were cooked and served with a Japanese style. The serving was small but just right for my diet. The beef was super tender and garlicky.
beef salpicao P258
The roasted chicken was served with super healthy 18 grain rice, Aomori coleslaw and a fried egg. H said it was good and but it was too much for him to finish. I think two people can share this set.
half roasted chicken P398
Deb was disappointed with the burger which was a typical Japanese tasting burger. I tried a small piece and I didn’t like the flavor either. It was too tasty and over spiced. I prefer an American style burger seasoned with only salt and pepper.
grilled burger wafflewich P288
I ordered a drip coffee and watched them make it using the pour over method currently all the rage in San Francisco’s popular coffee shops. Americans have discovered how good coffee is made using a dripper with filter. Hot water is poured slowly in a circular direction using a special pot with a long spout to control the flow of water.
pour over coffee using Japanese equipment
I liked the food in Aomori better than Yumemiya. They had more choices than just pizza and pasta. The food here seems healthier too. And I’m sure you will be tempted by all their bread variety. I know I was.
Basement, 47 Northeast Square Building
Connecticut Street, Greenhills,
San Juan City, 1503 Manila, Philippines
hours: 9:00 am – 10:00 pm