Sunday, May 4, 2008

[My Top Five SPOTs in Trinoma] #3: Haiku

They say first impressions last. I've been a firm believer of this even when choosing where to dine out. I easily stay loyal to restaurants that serve quality dishes complemented with the best service. Suffice to say, I rarely would go back to a place where I've had a bad experience or I simply find the food not worth my hard-earned money.

Case in point: Back in 2001 when Haiku first opened in Greenbelt 3. I had dinner with my mom and sister there during one of our mother-daughter-bonding sessions. We ordered a huge bowl of soba to share and a platter of ebi tempura. The service was pretty ok, we were well attended to but guess this is because we were the only customers there at that time. However, my mom, who is super sentitive towards salty and oily dishes immediately noticed that the soba was a tad too salty for her taste. Instead of apologizing and offering to replace her order, the chef came out and proudly said "ahh..ganyan talaga yan" (ahh..that's really how it should taste). This annoyed us and it was basically the first and last time we dine at Haiku since then.

Fast forward seven years after, I find myself walking in to Haiku as it was one of the stops during the bloggers' food tour in Trinoma. We were served with a sampler platter of Haiku Salad and Oyako Roll.

The Haiku Salad (P185) consists of kani shreds, nori sheets, fried dry noodles on top of a bed of crispy lettuce and drizzled with a generous serving of japanese vinaigrette. I find the dressing a bit too strong for my liking that it overpowers the taste of the other ingredients in the salad.

I LOVE the Oyako Roll. It's your typical maki roll with chicken as the main ingredient. I love how compact the rice is that it doesn't fall apart considering how huge it is that it can only be consumed after several bites. I'm a big fan of sushi, makis and sashimi and this one if officially now part of my list of favorites!

Its menu boasts of a wide range of donburis (rice toppings), noodles and teppanyaki dishes. Haiku is perfect for casual family dining as the prices are fairly reasonable ranging from P250-P300 per head for a delicious complete meal.

Thank God for allowing me to re-experience Haiku once again. I'd say...
"good food is better the second time around"


Haiku is located at the 3rd Level of the Trinoma Mall. Contact (02) 901-5610, (02) 906-5111 to make a reservation.

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