If you’re a sucker for Asian Food, head over to Sasa Cuisine at Estancia Mall in Capitol Commons, Pasig, right now to experience different Asian Cuisines in just one go! This new restaurant is the brain child of The Menu Group (TMG), the same group that brought us Splice Resto Bar, serving our favorite comfort food at reasonable prices at Greenfield District and Sobremesa, a Latin American restaurant at The Sapphire Bloc.
According to Ms. Malou Galian-Chan, one of the core group management team members and partners, Sasa Cuisine got its name from Nipa Palm or Sasá in Filipino. It is also known as the Attap Palm (Singapore), Mangrove Palm or Buah Atap (Indonesia), Buah Nipah (Malaysia), Dừa Nước (Vietnam), Ging Pol (Sri Lanka), Gol Pata (Bangladesh) and Dani (Burma). This species grow in Southern Asia. Thus, the theme of this restaurant – Asian Fusion Cuisine.
Sasa Cuisine’s interior is a mix of Japan, Korea, Singapore, Malaysia, and the Philippines. From its artsy ceiling to its bold and colorful wall graffiti, it clearly highlights the fusion of Asian culture.
Sasa Cuisine serves the kind of food that will make you lick your lips in anticipation. The restaurant combines different Asian cuisines (Japanese, Korean, Singaporean, and Malaysian made better with a Filipino twist) into a single gastronomical eating experience. From the typical Pinoy Lumpiang Sariwa infused with Japanese flavors to their unique ice cream flavors such as Wasabi, Kaya Toast, Curry Maple, and Mango Sticky Rice, Sasa Cuisine offers a wide selection of dishes inspired by the interesting flavors around Asia.
We did not only get to enjoy their interesting dishes but also had the privilege of talking to Sasa’s head chef, Chef Raymar Reyes, a renowned celebrity chef. He worked with TV5 and appeared at various cooking shows. He trained and worked at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel and became the executive chef of Amaretto Catering Services and Bistro Charlemagne in Nuvali. He also founded leading culinary schools in the Philippines at par with international standards.
Sharing with you some of the delectable dishes prepared by Chef Raymar and his team of culinary experts:
We love pork so much and what better cut is there than the pork belly? This Thai inspired food was cooked all the way with a nice crunchy crackling to it. The tangy tamarind sauce balanced the saltiness of the pork leaving the tongue tingling afterwards.
Patatim is a popular Filipino dish cooked in a blend of soy sauce and spices served with vegetables including mushrooms and bok choy. What makes Sasa Cuisine’s different is the Chinese style preparation of the lamb used by Chef Raymar. It was simmered in the basic Patatim flavor, air dried once tender and kept frozen afterwards, then lastly, deep fried to perfection. Aside from its flavor, the fork tender meat and thick savory sauce make the dish more enticing.
The black peppered prawns is one of the delicious dishes that best represents Singapore. Chef Raymar used the bold flavors of Singapore to produce this peppery, sweet, and spicy dish. Garnished with Coriander leaves, Sasa Cuisine’s black peppered prawns is definitely on point!
Chef Raymar brought this staple chicken dish commonly found in China to a notch higher by simmering the chicken for 40 minutes in a mixture of red vinegar, water, and maltose with dried ginger, orange peel, 18 different herbs and spices, making the meat tender, silky, and juicy. Sasa Cuisine’s Soy sauce chicken is utterly delicious, especially when dipped in the ginger condiment. Just the mere thought of the dish already sets our mouth watering!
Laksa, a popular spicy noodle soup, is a combination of Malay and Singapore cuisine. Sasa Cuisine’s Shrimp and Chicken Laksa has the right level of heat specially for those with low tolerance for spicy food. Best enjoyed while hot!
Our personal favorite! You will go gaga over Sasa Cuisine’s cross between the traditional Pinoy dish, Lumpiang Ubod and Japan’s “okonomiyaki”, or Japanese savory pancakes. It is a mix of stir fried veggies and seafood stuffed between two layers of fried lumpia wrapper glazed with teriyaki sauce, Japanese mayo, Nori seaweed, bonito flakes, and dashi stock topped with shrimp and squid.
This deep fried eggplant dish simmered with chicken, black mushrooms, garlic, and bell pepper gave us a taste of Thailand. The mellow spicy taste given off by the garlic combined with the sweetness of bell pepper and eggplant and finished with the distinct hint of cilantro delivered that sweet Asian flavor we all love.
What made Sasa Cuisine’s Chicken Chorizo different? Maybe it was the mix of Garam Masala, a fragrant, flavor-enhancing spice mixture made from a not-so-secret combination of whole spices? Or was it the turmeric? Or maybe even the chorizo? Well whatever it was, we didn’t care anymore! It was so delish that we ended up asking for another plate just a few minutes after it landed on our table. Need we say more??
Speaking of rice, the Mango Sticky Rice is a very popular dessert in Southeast Asian countries such as Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, and Vietnam. It does not fall far from the Filipino’s favorite “panghimagas” – Suman. The sticky rice is cooked by steaming and sweetened with coconut milk and sugar. It is then served with freshly sliced mangoes that complete and brighten the dish! Yummmy!! We might as well add how Sasa Cuisine decided to serve it in a platter good for 3-4 pax.
Last but definitely not the least is Sasa’s unique ice cream flavors that sent us all screaming for more – Wasabi, Kaya Toast, Curry Maple, and Mango Sticky Rice! It’s too good to be true but wait.. it is true! These flavors do exist. 🙂
The team’s goal is not only to introduce delicious and unique dishes but to also make Sasa a venue where everyone can enjoy each other’s company. During our visit, they even made us play pick-up-the-marbles-with-chopsticks to keep us entertained while waiting. And good news to all animal lovers, since the owners are pet lovers themselves, all the restaurants under TMG are pet friendly.
So why not try this new restaurant with your family and friends? Come now everyone! Eat your hearts out and tell us all about it!
**To all food enthusiasts, TMG also recently opened Sangkap by Chef Raymar located at Portico, Captain Javier Street, Oranbo 1605 Pasig. Watch out for our review soon!!!
B1-010, Basement Level, Estancia Mall, Oranbo, Pasig City
Contact No: +63 9178874278