The Real Score: Not Your Usual Food Reviews – Budget Meals and A Rice Bowl

For a country who regard rice as a staple food, every establishment around always feature a rice-based meal that is intended to satisfy one at any given day.

In this edition, we will be featuring two budget rice bowls and a full – sized rice bowl  highly influenced by the Japanese.

These are not categorized by the type of restaurant or even the price range, but rather randomized based on merely what was available at any given time. They are judged by the following numbers:

Score Range

They are then judged with the following criteria:


So, on to the dishes…

Location: Japinos

Food: Shanghaidon

Sides: None

Drink: None

Shanghadon by Japinos

Good plating with a nice corresponding taste


First off, who would have thought that a very low priced dish can taste near to an authentic one it is derived from? This fusion and localized version of a Japanese rice bowl is nowhere near to be authentic one, but the sauce (called Japinos sauce, Japanese-based sauce) took this to an acceptable level. It is filling and for a very cheap price, it is way acceptable. If you’re in for a quick grub and on a tight budget, by all means try this one out.


Verdict 2-3-3

Location: Sinangag Club

Food: Beef Tapa Meal

Sides: None

Drink: None

Beef Tapa by Sinangag Club

Not what is expected from a Beef Tapa Meal but should be fair enough for a meal


I don’t know if this should be considered Beef Tapa because it tastes more of a Bulalo. But considering this is a budget meal, you can somehow get by with this dish. The cool thing about this is the type of rice in which it was mixed with Turmeric.


Verdict 1-2-3

Location: Fukuya Japanese Restaurant

Food: Katsu Curry Rice

Sides: None

Drink: None

Katsu Curry Rice by Fukuya Japanese Restuarant

The Pork is good but the sauce could have been better


Probably was expecting too high and it turned out a little disappointed. The curry sauce seems a little bit bland – always used to have Japanese curry to be creamy and a little bit spicy on the side. The portions should be enough for a good meal and crunchiness of the Katsu is good as well.


Verdict 2-3-2

With the way we see on every dish we have tried and tasted, it’s not always about the price that would make it delicious and filling. It may also be about how it was prepared. Like we have said time and again, it is not always advisable to base all things on hearsay or from just a review, food is always better when tried firsthand. We are just mere guides to know which ones you would want to try out next. Happy food adventure!

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