Jan 26, 2023 | 10:30 am
MANILA, PHILIPPINES — The usual spot for restaurants and dining at Uptown Mall BGC is the verandah section or food hall on the 4th floor, but surprisingly the Japanese/Western themed concept has been transformed into a movie theater/ It is hidden inside the entertainment hall.
According to owner Raymund Magdaluyo, Saigosan is meant for noon bonding between fathers and sons, or between children and their parents.
“So this is an attractive place for me and my son. Kaya could be a beer, a shandy or a highball,” Magdalyo said. Philstar.com.
This recently opened restaurant offers Japanese cuisine such as hamburgers, chicken wings, and chicken. It features railroad-themed seating and the vibe of Mr. Miyagi from “The Karate Kid.” movie.
“There are so many Japanese restaurants, but none with this particular theme for teenagers. It’s for kids and their parents,” he added.
It may look casual with its hip, youthful and trendy vibe, but it’s definitely not wrong. At the helm of the compact 35-item menu is former Chef Nobu of famed Wolfgang’s Steakhouse Philippines and Magdaluyo executive. This is Chris Oronce, the chef.
Oronce’s years of experience working with well-known food brands, especially premium meats, are reflected in Mr. Saigo’s menu.
It’s also worth noting that Magdaluyo also runs the Red Crab Group of Restaurants.
Sandwiched between popular finger food and comfort food is a cuisine that incorporates sumptuous ingredients that require skill and experience.
In addition to chicken steak and pork belly bowls, there are rice bowl menus such as miso butter lobster, wagyu steak bowl, T-bone steak and egg. Prices for these three bowls start at P875. However, most dishes are priced lower than these premium items.
There are also burgers such as shrimp burgers and roast beef sukiyaki burgers. Noodles and tempura are also must-try menu items.
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