Last week, my Aunt Amor celebrated her birthday and she treated us to a dinner at Ginzadon in Resorts World Manila. It is a smallish but busy Japanese-Korean restaurant. I noticed that a lot of Koreans and Japanese nationals eating so that’s a really good sign.
Ambiance, Design & Space
The earthy colors dominate the color scheme highlighted by vibrant red. Japanese minimalism in design, there are a lot of curves and lines incorporated in the fixtures, walls, ceiling, flooring and even the utensils. Ginzadon could have used narrower tables because their current ones obstructed foot traffic in almost all sides. The chairs were very comfortable but too big and heavy in my opinion. The dim lighting design makes for good ambiance for dates but not much for family gatherings.
Perhaps there were too many of us at the restaurant but service that night was slow and the staff seemed distracted and confused. I had to repeat my requests several times and some were left unheard. The wait seemed knowledgeable about the food though.
Food and Price
Unfortunately, I don’t have the prices but I expect it’s above average since it’s in Maxims Hotel/Resorts World. The seafood were very fresh and of high quality. I particularly loved their uni and madako sushi. The Canadian Maki was also good and California Maki with Tuna (I forgot to take a photo). Their tempura is ordinary but I don’t expect much from tempura anyway. My companions loved the Yaki Soba but it was just okay for me. My sister and I’s favorite was the Gal Bi Jim which was very tender, mildly sweet, and had some fat. For dessert, we had green tea ice cream (no photo again) which was creamy and invigorating.
Just to recap. Ginzadon is far from being my favorite Japanese-Korean restaurant but they serve quality food. Koreans, Japanese, and Chinese seem to frequent the place. The restaurant can be crowded because of the size of the furniture. I will suggest this to those who are on a date.
2F Maxims Hotel
Resorts World Manila