Under the majestic Aozora (blue sky)

aozora-1Blue sky. Cool wind. Perfect view of the Taal Volcano. Good Japanese food. If you’re looking for that combination, look no further as Aozora will offer all these under its majestic location.

aozora-5aozora-3aozora-2aozora-8aozora-13aozora-10aozora-9aozora-7aozora-6aozora-11aozora-12I don’t recall any authentic Japanese restaurant in Tagaytay. And Christine Arriola-Villongco, owner of Aozora, confirmed this by saying that they are the first to provide authentic Japanese cuisine. Their array of dishes is led by Japanese Chef, Seiji Kamura, who is usually in the area during Thursday, Friday and Saturday. They make sure that the ingredients used comply to the Japanese way with some bought from Japan and some bought locally from the market. As this is situated in Domicillo Hotel, the design was made consistent to agree with Budji Layug’s concept for the hotel. The result was something that was simple and minimalist.

Chuka Wakame Salad (complimentary; P195 if ordered)
Chuka Wakame Salad (complimentary; P195 if ordered)

aozora-chuka-wakame-salad-1As a starter, we had this salad which was actually made from seaweed. I liked how beautifully plated it was. This was complimentary though I’m not sure if that is the serving if you decide to order extra serving of it. It costs P195 if ordered as solo.

Kalamancello
Kalamancello

I’m not big on alcohol since my face gets so red. But I’ll risk it for this: Kalamancello. It’s a proudly made Pinoy calamansi drink with vodka. It only has 13% alcohol which is good to have as a starter. Best to have this while still cold.

Aozora Iced Tea (P 120)
Aozora Iced Tea (P 120)

aozora-iced-tea-1When this placed on our table, I was surprised at how green it was. I had to blink my eyes to see if it really was that green. Consisting of pandan, lemongrass, cucumber and honey, it had this odd taste that might not be for everyone. It still was a refreshing drink though its aftertaste was quite strong for me.

Aozora Ramen (P 295)
Aozora Ramen (P 295)

aozora-ramen-1Being that Tagaytay is famous for their bulalo, they did their own mix to it by adding some ramen. The bulalo itself was good with the meat being so tender. The ramen noodles were good too as it was bought straight from Japan. Overall, it was good. It was an interesting twist to a well-loved dish.

Rainbow Maki (P 395)
Rainbow Maki (P 395)

aozora-rainbow-maki-2I liked the presentation on this one. It was just too cute! I got the salmon piece and loved the color of those veggies inside. Personally, I don’t think anyone could go wrong with maki. And they sure didn’t disappoint on this area.

Pork Belly (P 295)
Pork Belly Yakiniku (P 390)

aozora-pork-belly-1I loved this! I really did. I liked how it had this slight crisp on the outside yet very tender. The sauce was very spot on and just right.

Yasai Itame
Yasai Itame

aozora-yasai-itame-1I wasn’t a fan much of this though it probably has to do with me not liking bean sprouts so much. It was just okay.

Yakisoba
Yakisoba

aozora-yakisoba-1The noodles were cooked well but it was a bit bland for me. Either that or it probably was overpowered by the other flavors of the dishes we had.

Mango Tempura Ice Cream (P 180)
Mango Tempura Ice Cream (P 180)

aozora-mango-tempura-ice-cream-2aozora-mango-tempura-ice-cream-1And this was just pretty. I liked how the chocolate was just drizzled around that still placed the highlight on the mango pieces and vanilla ice cream. I think that this was one smart dessert because if the mangoes aren’t in season yet, it could always be balanced by the sweetness of the ice cream. I enjoyed this.

Key Sumiyaki Coffee (P 120)
Key Sumiyaki Coffee (P 120)

aozora-sumiyaki-coffee-1I was gearing up for coffee that time. It took awhile before this got served but it was well worth the wait. I liked how strong this was. Just by looking at it, you could sense that the brew had strong acidity. I balanced the flavor out by adding some sugar and milk. This is a perfect pair for their Mango Tempura Ice Cream.

aozora-4Though they have only been open since May of this year, they’ve already held events at their place and been welcoming budding customers at their side. Since we dined there while it was still on soft opening, the dish line-up wasn’t final yet but it does look promising. The location is good for some family bonding, dates, barkada food trip or even a solo food travel. So if you’re craving for some Japanese cuisine while touring this city, do drop by Aozora and dine under this blue sky.

Aozora Japanese Cafe + Bistro
Domicillo Hotel, KM Gen. E. 58 Aguinaldo Highway,
Tagaytay City
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/aozorajapanese

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If you can see me, Ms. Christine Arriola-Villongco is the one on my left.

Thanks to Aldous for another food tasting event invite! Thanks to Ms. Christine too for spending some time with us and allowing us to taste the offers of this resto!

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