Inside the commercial compound of Industria Circulo Verde is a hidden gem of a restaurant that offers delicious Japanese Curry, tasty Wasabi Gyoza, refreshing White Water Drink, and silky Japanese Pudding. This homegrown gem is called Omori Curry.
Established August 2015, Omori Curry is a passion project of co-founder Nick Sy. Having worked in Japan for 6 years, he’s been on a lookout for things to bring back home. Being a food lover, he found himself frequenting this curry place near his work. So he thought of bringing Japanese Curry to the Philippines good enough to rival other well-known Japanese Curry places in Manila.
Omori Curry’s Nick Sy
While enjoying our Karaage Curry (among other things we ordered) with their awesome White Water Drink, Nick was gracious enough to sat with us and indulge us by answering our 15-Question Insider Feature.
1. What are your Top 3 vacation destinations in the world? A: Mt Fuji, Japan; Antelope Canyon, USA; Boracay Island, Philippines.
2. If we’re going to give you a plane ticket right now and sponsor an all-expense paid trip, where will you go? A: Kenya, I’ve been hearing about the lovely places and wildlife there, so definitely Kenya.
3. What’s that one dish that you can eat for the rest of your life? A: Matsuzaka Beef! If I’m stuck with one food, I figured it might as well be the best.
4. What is the one food you will never eat even if given a million pesos? A: I’ve seen one episode of Fear Factor where someone had to eat a sheep’s eye. Interesting enough, it was considered a delicacy to another country. Probably that.
5. What’s your Happy Meal? A: When I worked in Japan and a family member comes over, I’d always ask them to bring Chickenjoy. If they can’t bring the gravy, I’d just tell them to forget the whole thing. (laughs)
6. What’s that one dish you’ve always wanted to try but have been too scared to? A: Deep-fried locusts. I heard they’re good and nutritious, but the thought of eating them…
7. If you could have dinner with one famous person who’s still alive right now, who will it be? A: Natalie Dormer. (huge smile)
8. If the earth will be taken over by a different entity, would you prefer aliens or zombies? Why? A: Aliens, at least there’s a smaller chance they’d be friendly to us. Zombies, they just eat you.
9. What is that one unhealthy food that you will not give up? A: Popcorns, especially the flavored ones.
10. What’s your most unforgettable meal? A: Kobe Beef. It was a whole course of Kobe Beef from beginning to end. The servers would explain which part they’re serving and how to cook it (it was yakiniku). It’s like chewing clouds.
11. What are your Top 3 Japanese dishes/food? A: First, ramen place called Ittou Ramen. Best one i’ve tried. Second, Horumon. It’s like yakiniku but they serve you innards instead of prime meat. Third, Japanese Curry, of course.
12. What’s your favorite dish in Omori Curry? A: Most probably the Chicken Nanban. I still don’t know why other Japanese restaurants don’t offer this.
13. Do you prefer red wine or white wine? A: If you’ll ask me to choose between two ordinary bottles, I’ll choose white. But there are a few red brands that I prefer over white.
14. What’s the one menu entry that you always order in most restaurants that you go to? A: I’ve always loved a dish called Nankotsu. It’s normally served in Japanese bars and restaurants. It’s basically deed fried chicken gristles or cartilage. Perfect to nibble on.
15. If you can have one superpower, what would it be? A: Flying. Just imagine how many countries I can go to.
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