Getting confused with what you are exactly is called “identity crisis”. However, in the world of restaurateurs, it’s called “fusion cuisine”.
There is some inherent “fusion” in the local cuisine here in the Philippines, since many of our dishes have the influences of both our Asian neighbors, and far away Spain. 300 years does not get erased that quickly after all. However, all that would not yet be fusion enough for adventurous palates. How about mixing Ebi Fry and Pasta, or turning it into Paella? What about putting Tempura into Pizza? If this sounds interesting for you, the Mr. Kurosawa might have something to your liking.
As the name implies, the restaurant tries to fuse Japanese with some western influences, hence it’s Mr. Kurosawa, rather than Kurosawa-san. The place advertises itself as “Euro-Japanese”, and though their menu is still heavier on the Japanese side of things, there are not so subtle hints of European influence, particularly Spanish and Italian, two of perhaps the most widely accepted European cuisines here in this country.
The creators of Mr. Kurosawa are the same people behind Sumo-sam, and John And Yoko. If you have been to these two, then Mr. Kurosawa’s menu would feel a bit familiar, though not exactly similar.
We’ve been to Mr. Kurosawa around 3-4 times already, and my wife has developed an appreciation for their dishes. At one time or another, we’ve had their fusion pastas and pizzas, and also Japanese classics like the Tempura. We try new things each time we visit, and it’s quite a joy to go through their extremely varied menu. Although, as we often encounter when faced with long menus, we have the dilemma of deciding which particular dish to go for each time we find our selves there.
Overall, their offerings are quite unique, and anybody who appreciates Japanese, yet is willing to bend some rules here and there, can certainly enjoy the diversity and “eccentricity” of their offerings.
* We have been to Mr. Kurosawa at the Eastwood Mall in Libis, Quezon City, as well as at the Newport Mall at Resorts World Manila in Pasay City.
* All photos taken with Olympus E-420 and Zuiko 14-54mm f2.8-3.5.