Waraku Japanese Casual Dining

Waraku is not exactly a newbie to the Japanese dining scene here, with four other outlets around the island. We entered its rather spacious premise replete with Japanese door frames, mod lighting and window murals just looking for a simple meal. The staff rapidly began to make their presence felt—giving us extra copies of the menu without us having to ask for it. This impeccable, intuitive service kept up throughout our meal. And on top of that, the food was excellent (with a mind-boggling range)—and all at a reasonable price. We ordered three types of ramen—shoyu, shio and tonkotsu and they were heavenly, with flavorful soup and wonderfully tender pork. The kaminabe wazen, which was paper steamboat simmering with sliced beef, vegetables and soup, came with fresh salmon sashimi, vegetable and prawn tempura, plus rice. The beef was deliciously succulent, with lovely gravy. The sashimi was also fresh and the tempura was crunchy to the last crumb. Even our dessert, the petit five pic ice cream was marvelous. The excellent service here was truly a wonderful surprise and comparable to that of a fine dining establishment. The only difference is that you get a fabulous meal at a much more affordable price. We’re already thinking of coming here again.