Say Hello to Authentic Jap Food from 81 SeiHai Sushi Lounge

If 81 SeiHai has that imported feeling through its interiors, that's because it's owned by two men born and raised in the United States. Entrepreneur Chris Cordero and Chef Ronnie de Guzman combined their talents to give us this good-looking sushi bar. You can feel confident about the quality of the food as Chef Ronnie has spent 12 years cooking up great sushi in the Japanese food industry.  Are the food and drinks as good as advertised? Let's find out:

Vanilla Frappe (P120)

Mint Choco Frappe (P135)

Strawberry Okinawa (P135)

Mango Smoothie (P75)

Watermelon Smoothie (P80)

Banana Smoothie (P85)

For a Japanese restaurant, I was surprised at how affordable their drinks were. Despite the low prices, they didn't compromise on the serving size and the quality. In fact, all of them are so good that I had a hard time picking a favorite.

Salmon Sakai (P340)

Believe it or not, I had doubts about trying this dish. My doubts were immediately put to rest when I tried one. I have to say that was the last time I will ever underestimate one of Chef Ronnie's dishes.

Jalapeno Popper (P280)

Those who love spicy sushi will adore the Jalapeno Popper. The spicy tuna on top gives it a distinct flavor.

 Spicy Beef Ramen (P310)

I thought this ramen was very spicy. When I got to try it, it was just mild. That's good news for me since I have low tolerance on spices. Those who want their ramen extra spicy may want to pour more hot sauce. Oh, the meat was very tender too.

 Sisig Ramen (P330)

Seriously, I never thought I'd ever see a Sisig Ramen so I have to give props to Chef Ronnie for his creativity. It even comes with the things we're used to seeing on a sizzling sisig plate like kalamansi and egg. I highly recommend it to those who are fans of sisig and ramen.

Miso Salmon Steak with Mashed Potato (P520)

Wow, there's nothing better than fresh salmon on top of a bed of creamy mashed potates and vegetables. My cravings were officially satisfied.

 Sesame Seared Tuna with Risotto (P540)

I never liked Tuna but this dish completely changed my perception of it in a big way. It only helped matter that it was on top of risotto and veggies. I highly recommend this to not only the tuna lovers but also the non-tuna lovers. I guarantee you'll view tuna differently after trying it. I sure did.

 Beef Curry (P320)

 Chicken Curry (P250)

Both rice meals weren't spicy at all despite being given the "curry" name. Again, that's not a bad thing at all. In fact, I prefer it that way. I absolutely loved the sauces too. I felt that Chef Ronnie took his time in making the homemade sauces for these dishes. Additionally, the meat in both rice meals were very tender.

 Ninja Boat (P3600)

Don't let the price scare you off. The Ninja Boat is full of all the sushis, makis and sashimis we've grown to love. In fact, I was surprised how it fit all of that.This dish definitely fits big groups who love Japanese authentic food.

Shitake Termidor (P180)

This dish is a perfect complement to their sushi and sashimi dishes. The combination of cheese and mushroom has never been this good. Mmmmm-mmm!

 Tempura Ice Cream (P190)

Cheese Cake (P190)

Just like the head waiter told me, Tempura Ice Cream is their version of Turon with Ice Cream. I just wish you can choose the ice cream flavor that goes along with it. The other dessert we had, the cheesecake, is simply instagrammable. The taste isn't bad either as these two dishes are the perfect way to end a hearty meal at 81 SeiHai.

The sushi place is ideal for big groups at night. There are acoustic singers and DJs that perform as early as 8PM. Since it's near two of the country's top TV stations, don't be surprised if you see local celebrities hang out here. It's a great place with good food, excellent service and stunning interiors.

81 SeiHai
81 Timog Avenue, Quezon City

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