RioZen Japanese Restaurant

There’s so many new restaurants in Bonifacio Global City and I don’t think I’ll ever catch up and get to try them all. Take it one restaurant at a time, Grasshopper.  

RioZen’s first branch is in Little Tokyo in Pasong Tamo. We tried their new branch at The Fort. 
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Uni is my favorite sushi and theirs was fresh and briny. 

uni gunkan P120
uni gunkan P120

 

I’ve had better gyoza in many, many other restaurants.

jikaze gyoza P220
jikaze gyoza P220

 

Sure the steak was tender and tasty but did it need to swimming in so much oil? 

gyu saikoro steak P480
gyu saikoro steak P480

gyu saikoro steak P480-001

I’ve always wondered how some Japanese restaurants get away with charging so much for a portion of chicken cut up into small bite sized pieces and calling it one order. 

tori karaage (fried chicken) P350
tori karaage (fried chicken) P350

 

I love the rice container.

shiromeshi (rice) P80
shiromeshi (rice) P80

 

This restaurant had two pages of kushiyaki or grilled skewered food. Each plate came with a tiny dollop of miso sauce for dipping. That miso was the best part since it brightened everything we dipped into it.

shishito (small green pepper) P80
shishito (small green pepper) P80
aspara beef P140 per stick
aspara beef P140 per stick

 

It wasn’t surprising that the pork belly was the most delicious.

Riozen - buta bara (pork belly) P90 per stick
buta bara (pork belly) P90 per stick
shishamo (smelt fish with eggs) P220
shishamo (smelt fish with eggs) P220

 

There was more eggs than meat on this delicacy which I quite liked. 
shishamo (smelt fish with eggs) P220-001

 

No one ate this plate of ampalaya because it was soaking in oil. We didn’t even bother to take it home. 

bitter gourd P150
bitter gourd P150

 

Andrew ordered a bowl of tempura udon and he couldn’t finish it so he gave it to me. I thank you very much Andrew since it was the dish I enjoyed most next to the uni. 

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tempura udon P540
tempura udon P540

 

I’ve eaten with Jason in a Japanese restaurant twice and both time he ordered shake chazuke which is white rice with green tea and topped with salmon and served with a nob of wasabi. I don’t think I can eat this but he seems to love its simplicity. Give me a bowl of Japanese fried rice anytime and I’ll be a happy camper. 

shake chazuke P220
shake chazuke P220
shabu shabu US beef P2,200
shabu shabu US beef P2,200

 

I wanted to eat sukiyaki but they said the shabu shabu was their specialty. Even though the beef had little marbling it was quite tender. That’s the best thing I can say about this since the bowl of veggies, beef and noodles I ate was totally bland and tasteless. Save your money and order something else. 

Riozen shabu shabu US beef

Riozen (The Fort)

Riozen
The Luxe Building, 28th Street, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City, Philippines
telephone: 522-7976

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