My family has been Kimpura fans for decades. Long before there was TriNoMa, there was only Kimpura at Greenhills and that was where we went. We loved the teppanyaki dishes, including the teppanyaki cooked fried rice.
A couple of months ago, we discovered that a Kimpura branch had opened at the TriNoMa. We had dinner there, I didn’t have a camera and I asked Alex to take photos and videos of the chef in action at the teppanyaki grill with her phone. Before I could ask Alex to send me copies of the photos and videos, the phone got stolen so I never got to blog about that wonderful dinner. A pity, really. I do remember, however, that the bill was a little over P1600.00, there were four of us and we ordered a lot that night, including Japanese pizza which I really, really loved.
Yesterday, Sam and I were at TriNoMa for some shopping. We got there at noon, we were hungry and Sam suggested Pho Hoa. I readily said yes as we both love Vietnamese food. But we couldn’t locate Pho Hoa. In fact, we weren’t at all sure if it had a branch at TriNoMa. Not wanting to waste time looking for one, when we passed Kimpura, Sam said we could eat there instead. I peeped in, it wasn’t crowded (most of the other restaurants were crowded because it was lunchtime) so we went in.
I asked Sam if she wanted to sit at a table with a teppanyaki grill, she didn’t so we settled for a small table. While we were deciding what to order, we were served the usual complimentary appetizer of sweet-salty crispy fish. Delicious, as always.
Sam ordered the tempura udon.
I had the beef udon.
Of course, I had to enjoy my Japanese noodle soup with Japanese green tea.
The thing about my hot bowl of soup — and this came as a real surprise — was how plain and unexciting it was. Although the beef in my soup was unquestionably of superb quality, over all, the noodle soup was such a far cry from the quality of teppanyaki dishes at Kimpura which were always tasty and served with such flair. I guess there’s a reason why Kimpura is known for its teppanyaki dishes and not for its noodle soups.
The bill was close to a thousand pesos and we didn’t even order drinks (the tea is on the house). I compared that with the P1600.00 bill when four of us had dinner there and we ordered so much, much more. Could the prices have gone up that much over the couple of months since we were there last? Or were the noodle dishes just overpriced? I don’t know. But one thing I have learned, when we dine at Kimpura again, we really ought to stick with the teppanyaki dishes. And the sushi. And the sashimi. No more udon.