WHEN IN Resorts World MANILA, let your taste buds explore two different cultures at Ginzadon. “The restaurant’s name was derived from the upscale district in Tokyo ‘Ginza’, and the Korean term for money ‘don’. This rather odd but equally delicious tandem only heightened what the best of both worlds has to offer to fans of both cuisines.”
Conveniently located at the second floor of Maxims Hotel, Ginzadon is the go-to place for family dinners or get-together with friends, especially after an eventful evening in Resorts World Manila. Just to be clear, GINZADON is not a fusion restaurant. It is a Japanese Restaurant and a Korean Restaurant at the same time. So you are definitely getting the best of both worlds when you dine here.
Ginzadon’s soft-lighting provides dining experience a more intimate and relaxed feeling. It also speaks for elegance and romance, which makes it a good place to bring your date! 🙂
You may also find a wide selection of sake and soju displayed at the sushi bar, hinting at the possibilities of fun ahead 🙂 The dining staffs are also trained in sake pairing and they can recommend which refreshing sake/soju would best complement your food.
GINZADON – JAPANESE RESTAURANT
Gekkeikan Zipang Sparkling (Php 850)
Since we were having sashimis and sushis as appetizers, our server recommended the Gekkeikan Zipang Sparkling Sake. It was similar to sparkling wine – perfect with our Japanese appetizers.
Sashimi Moriawase Matsu (Sashimi Special – Php 1,680)
Tako, Uni, Sake, Tuna, Hamachi, Saba, Hokkigai
I was so happy that Ginzadon included hamachi and hokkigai in the sashimi platter. Hokkigai or “Surf Clam” is not usually included in the menu of common Japanese Restaurants. If you are wondering what it tastes like, it is a bit sweet and chewy in texture. And yes, it is yummy! As for the hamachi or “Yellow Tail,” it is one of my all-time favorite sashimi. The selection of Ginzadon’s sashimi special platter was wonderful – with lively colors that made my eyes go wide with excitement and the images told my brain to just go dig in asap! This is the perfect appetizer for sashimi lovers!
Sushi Moriawase Matsu (Sushi Special – Php 840)
California Maki | Sushi – hokkigai, hamachi, tako, sake, ama-ebi, saba, uni, tuna
Ginzadon’s Sushi Special Platter was really worth the price!!! I loved the fact that they used 2 ama-ebis (sweet shrimp) on 1 sushi. It was heaven in my mouth – so fresh and so sweet! I was apprehensive to eat the saba at first. I do love saba (mackerel) — when cooked because the smell and taste of a raw saba is a bit too fishy for me; but, surprisingly, Ginzadon’s saba sushi was not fishy at all, having been marinated already, the texture and flavor was so good that I wish we had more.
Dragon Roll (Php 785)
Fried king prawn tempura + cucumber + kani + mango inside topped with grilled salmon skin drizzled with teriyaki sauce and sesame seeds.
This is just one of Ginzadon’s latest addition to their menu and it was truly extraordinary! Usually, dragon rolls use unagi as the roll topper but Ginzadon’s version had the salmon skin, which was so tasty – great combination with the huge king prawn tempura!
It was hard to put this single piece of maki inside my mouth but I did try — *nomnomnom* and it took me a while to be able to talk again because it was BIG. As you can see, there was very little rice on their roll – you’re getting all the flavors of the tempura, kani, salmon skin and many more in every bite!
Ebi Tempura (4pcs – Php 550)
Our Japanese food trip won’t be complete without having tempura. Ginzadon batters the prawns very lightly so that you actually get to savor the prawn itself.
Indeed, those ebi tempuras are one of the best-sellers at GINZADON! Adults and kids alike love them!
GINZADON – KOREAN RESTAURANT
We had house tea to clean our palates and refresh ourselves to another interesting batch of great food.
Tofu Kim Chi (Php 680)
GINZADON is very proud of their kimchi because their very own korean chef makes Ginzadon’s special kimchi!!! The Tofu Kim Chi dish is the perfect Korean appetizer. The soft tofu balanced the zesty and salty kimchi. Though it may be fiery to others, I personally loved it. Ready your napkins as you wipe your sweat off your foreheads. By the way, this authentic kimchi is a big hit to their Korean customers as well.
Bi Bim Naengmyeon (Chilled Buckwheat Noodle soup with Spicy Sauce – Php 380)
The spicy cold noodle soup is a combination of sweet Korean sauce and spicy ground beef. Buckwheat noodles are chewy, so just like in any other Korean restaurant, it would help if you ask the server to cut it for you. You may eat the spicy noodle mix first then drink the soup as a chaser or you may pour the cold soup in the bowl and mix it together with the spicy noodles. Eat in any other way you like and you still get that unique intriguing taste!
Gal Bi Jim (Braised Prime Beef Short Ribs – Php 1,240)
GINZADON’s braised black angus beef was so tender that I can easily cut it with my spoon. The succulent beef was rich in flavor, perfect with a bowl of rice. It was so good – definitely one of my favorites! A MUST TRY INDEED!!!
Chef Antonio Ablay (Head Chef of Ginzadon, Maxims Hotel, Resorts World Manila)
WHEN IN MANILA and looking for an authentic Japanese and Korean experience, bring your date, whole family and friends to GINZADON at Maxims Hotel, Resorts World Manila. Chef Antonio Ablay will surely fulfill everyone’s gastronomic delights!
Japanese Restaurant | Korean Restaurant
2nd Floor, Maxims Hotel, Resorts World Manila
Lunch – 11:00am to 3:00pm
Dinner – 5:00pm to 12:00am
Contact Number: 908-8887 (call for reservations)
MENU: Ginzadon Restaurant Menu
WhenInManila photos by JoTan23
GINZADON – Japanese and Korean Restaurant in Maxims Hotel, Resorts World Manila