Ganso Shabuway: New Menu!

Friday, July 19, 2013 Stef dela Cruz 0 Comments

Ganso Shabuway Restaurant just released a new menu of Japanese comfort food – and I got to taste it all! Next to Filipino and Thai, Japanese cuisine is my top pick. So pardon me for going into fan-girl mode as I gush about Ganso Shabuway’s food.

Ganso ShabuwayGanso-Shabuway-Shangri-La-Plaza

And yes, I loved their new menu offerings, despite the fact that I’m not a shabu-shabu fan at all. (I prefer my sukiyaki sauce on a bowl of sukiyakidon, thank you very much.)

But don’t go looking for Ganso Shabuway’s new menu at their Rockwell and Alabang branches just yet. The new menu items are available only at Greenbelt and Shangri-La Plaza, at least for now.

Ganso Shabuway New Menu: Japanese Comfort Food

I have never been a big fan of hotpot restaurants, which was why I was curious when I received an email from Ganso Shabuway saying I should try their new Japanese offerings. Good thing I went to their menu launch because I wasn’t disappointed!

Everything goes with everything –

and yes, that’s a good thing.

Here are some of the new menu items Ganso Shabuway has to offer. If you love light, tasty dishes, their new food fits the bill!

Let’s start with the buttered Tuna Belly. It was dipped in a light batter that had a hint of lemon. This is actually the very first seafood offering at Ganso Shabuway. For a novel attempt, they met my expectations.

Tuna belly at Ganso ShabuwayBeef Yakiniku

I also loved the Beef Yakiniku. It was probably my favorite that night at Ganso Shabuway. Its flavor packs a punch! The thin beef slices weren’t too soft and had just the right texture to keep things interesting.

The Ebi Curry is a rather interesting item on their new menu. I wouldn’t dream of drowning ebi fry in any kind of soup or broth – I’m too much of a purist! But hey, they made it work. The curry was light but unmistakable, complementing the shrimp quite nicely.

Ebi CurryChicken Karaage

And then there’s the chicken karaage. To those not familiar with this dish, imagine bite-sized pieces of chicken dipped in batter and deep-fried to a crisp. They taste great, but I personally prefer my karaage spicy. If you’re a sucker for spicy food like I am, try putting hot sauce over your karaage and you’re all set! For the faint of heart, forego the hot sauce and simply add a twist of lemon to give the karaage a tangy taste.

If you’re a fan of ebi tempura, you should try Ganso Shabuway’s Ebi Fry. Unlike shrimp tempura, ebi fry goes better with katsu sauce than tempura sauce.

Ebi FryGyoza

I usually judge a Japanese restaurant based on their California maki and gyoza. These two dishes are supposed to be simple, which means every good Japanese restaurant should get them down pat. And if a restaurant’s Gyoza tastes exceptional, then they’re a cut above the rest!

Vegans can opt for the Nasu Miso Itame, a fried slab of tofu topped with slices of eggplant. The clincher here is the sauce: It brings the eggplant and tofu together.

Nasu Miso ItameShabu-Shabu Set

I’m sure you will love their shabu-shabu set. They use only USDA choice Angus beef. (To those not familiar with USDA grading, “USDA choice” is second only to “USDA prime”.)

The wonton tastes like the gyoza, except for its fried wrap. If you prefer fried dumplings, go for the wontons instead of the gyoza.


Spotted during the food preview: FHM columnist and bestselling author Stanley Chi! He said he loved the shabu set, by the way.

Stanley ChiGanso Shabuway New Menu

Don’t ask me what stands out because Ganso Shabuway seems to have figured out how to make all their brand new menu options equally impressive. Japanese foodies know better than to skip Ganso Shabuway when they’re looking to binge. Everything goes with everything – and yes, that’s a good thing.

Stef dela CruzAbout the blogger
Stef dela Cruz is a doctor and writer. She received the 2013 Award for Health Media from the Department of Health. She maintains a health column in Health.Care Magazine and contributes to The Manila Bulletin. Add her to your circles.