Ogetsu Hime opens at SM Fashion Hall
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Ever since Kimpura Greenhills closed its doors last June, we’ve felt the loss in our family.
Tsukiji on Pasay Road is our favorite, but it’s all the way in Makati.
Lucky for us Pasig dwellers, there’s a new Japanese restaurant at SM Megamall.
I was invited for a food tasting with the owner VJ Villavicencio on a Saturday. On Sunday, I was back with my kids and they loved it.


The 300 square-meter restaurant is on the 3rd floor—at the restaurant row of SM Fashion Hall. It seats 130 people. It has three function rooms and teppanyaki tables, where the chefs put on a show for diners.


The teppanyaki chefs trained for nearly a year to be able to properly do a show AND serve good food. To maintain the authenticity of the food, Ogetsu Hime has two Japanse chefs: Chef Iwabuchi and Chef Takada Isao. VJ told us that the combined work experience of all the chefs and cooking staff in the restaurant would probably reach 100 years.

Sushi Chef Takada Isao (middle) with staff

The seafood is flown in three times a week from Japan. Ogetsu Hime probably has a comprehensive sushi bar that includes Chutoro (fatty tuna), Otoro (blue fun tuna belly), Amaebi (Hokkaido sweet shrimp),Hotategei (Hokkaido giant scallops), Engawa (Japanese halibut), Hamachi (Japanese yellowtail) and Anago (Japanese saltwater eel).



My personal favorite is hamachi, which I only used to eat at Tsukiji. Ogetsu’s hamachi—though thinly sliced—is not bad at all, and it comes with a side dish of chopped hamachi in dressing. Love this!


But Ogetsu Hime’s pride is the Matsusaka beef, touted as the most expensive beef. Matsusaka beef has the highest rating from the Japanese Meat Grading Association, with a higher rating than Kobe and Wagyu.

VJ explained that it took him a year to bring the best Matsusaka beef to Manila. Apparently, only female cows can be used for Matsusaka beef.

Since I’ve been on a diet, I really enjoyed the Matsusaka Seiro, or steamed beef on a bed of vegetables.


It looks plain, but I really love this diet food.


I don’t have a picture of it, but my kids really loved the Matsusaka Ishiyaki cooked on hot stone. That’s one order per boy, plus a side of ebi tempura and lots of steamed rice.


Of course my son Markus needs two bowls of mixed fried rice.


Aside from steamed and cooked on hot stone, they also serve Matsusaka Sushi

ogetsu hime matsusaka sushi

Matsusaka Tataki

ogetsu hime matsusaka tataki

and Matsusaka Teppanyaki

ogetsu hime matsusaka teppanyaki

The cuisine at Ogetsu Hime highlights the freshness of the ingredients instead of smothering them with a lot of sauces. As a picky eater, I like that.

Ogetsu Hime offers a Gold Card to its customers, which entitles the bearer to 50% discount on selected premium food items and other “Best of Japan” offerings. The Gold Card is available for use at SM Aura (the first branch) and SM Megamall.

For reservations and inquiries, call
Ogetsu Hime Megamall at (02) 470-8241, (02) 637-7510, and (0917) 576-2377
or SM Aura at (02) 519-9840, (0917)-809-6585

The Megamall branch is open from 11am to 3pm and 5pm to 10pm from Monday to Friday and the whole day on Saturday and Sunday.

To know more, follow them on Facebook and Instagram @ogetsuhime

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Walter Robles

It was, at best, ok. And very pricey.



Great pictures!!!