ITADAKIMASU VALENZUELA – REVIEW
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by Tsika Garcia-Baylan
The Covid-19 pandemic forced many businesses to resort to other ways of catering to their clients. Since physical distancing and staying at home are broadly implemented, most people now depend on food delivery — I am one of them.
I have been craving for California Maki for quite some time until someone told me to check on Itadakimasu Valenzuela’s FB Page. I was so happy to learn that they deliver!
Itadakimasu Valenzuela, headed by Chef Elsa “Saet” Pascual, converted their food business online when one of her niece’s friends ordered her sushi roll. The feedback was great. Strangers who have learned about their products started to place their orders through their FB Page. The overwhelming influx of orders was unexpected and Itadakimasu Valenzuela staff were so happy!
“Itadakimasu” is a Japanese essential phrase translated as “I humbly receive” and usually means “Let’s eat” or “Thanks for the food”. Chef Saet’s children used #itadakimasu every time they post their mother’s sushi roll in social media. This has been the name of their online business since then.
ITADAKIMASU VALENZUELA FOOD OPTIONS
PHILA HOSO TEMPURA
₱150 for 12pcs
I ordered this sushi roll as it is quite different because it’s tempura at the same time. The Nori is tastier and crunchier when it’s freshly fried. The richness of the nori tempura and the combination of the sauce on top got me hooked.
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MIXED CHOICES OF THREE
₱200 for 12 pcs
This time I ordered Mango Tempura, Phila California, and Phila Hoso Tempura. Since Chef Saet knew I am pregnant, she gave me extra sushi rolls Crazy Avocado, Spicy Mix, and Mango California.
California Maki has been my go-to sushi roll so I am aware of how it looks like – the rice is outside, then next to it is the thin slice of nori, and the middle part is the small slice of mango. Itadakimasu Valenzuela’s Mango California is the opposite of what’s common. The mango, instead of being piped in the middle, is located on the outside layer. I like this one better because the mango slice is obviously bigger.
The Mango Tempura is almost the same as the Mango California but it is a little spicy due to the “togarashi” on the top. Togarashi is commonly translated as chili pepper.
It is my first time eating an avocado sushi roll so I got excited with their Crazy Avocado! It was unexpectedly delicious. Even if you are not an avocado lover, I am sure will still like its sumptuousness!
The Spicy Mix is the white rice sprinkled with “Shichimi Togarashi”, a common Japanese spice mixture that contains seven secret ingredients. It was delicious and it smelled oh so good!
The Phila California is the white sushi roll with secret sauce on top. It had me at one bite. The cheese ingredient inside surprised my palate. It surely is addicting to me.
ITADAKIMASU VALENZUELA STAFF & SERVICE
What I like about Itadakimasu is its good customer service and level of responsiveness. They respond to every question I sent them. They make their customers comfortable by being open about their food choices. The Chef adjusted the spiciness of the food they served when they learned I am pregnant, and I loved that! The FREE sushi rolls were very much appreciated, too!
You can message their FB Page for fresh sushi and maki delivery! You may also place your order and pick it up at 156 Bisig Rd. Brgy. Bisig Valenzuela City
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