My Ratatouille Moment at Kessaku Japanese Restaurant

If you’ve lived in Alabang as long as we have, you will probably remember a restaurant that used to be in Casa Susana, called Okasan. I’ve been trying to look for a photo or anything else online that might be able to prove that it once existed, but sadly, there’s nothing. It vanished before Friendster, Multiply or Facebook became popular, and before everyone had digital cameras and camera phones.

My family and I used to go there all the time. It’s was once our go-to place for birthdays, random celebrations and weekend meals out with the family. I remember that the first time MrC and I went out to dinner, that’s where we went. I think that was during our first anniversary in 2000. We were there so often that the waiters already knew what our favorite dishes were. And when they started offering a delivery service, our favorite waiter from the restaurant would come to the house to bring the food himself. It’s too bad that after they closed, we had no idea if they were ever going to open again, or if they had a sister restaurant or another branch, at least. Okasan just went away, and with it went our favorites – the Tonkatsu with cabbage and thousand island dressing, Ebi Tempura, the crunchy dilis that they serve as appetizers, and the unforgettable Tori Kuwayaki.

Say hello to my forever dinner dates!

The Tori Kuwayaki at Okasan was so unforgettable that when I at last tasted one that reminded me of it (with matching Ratatouille moment) I wouldn’t stop raving about it to my entire family. And when they each, finally, got to try it too, we all agreed that it tasted just like the Tori Kuwayaki that we know and love. It was in Kessaku in CommerCenter where we found this dish that we had super missed. Oh, and in case you’ve never had it before, Tori Kuwayaki is crispy chicken glazed with a sweet spicy sauce. The one at Kessaku is served over a bed of breaded fried tofu.

Trust me, this Tori Kuwayaki looks better in person

The boys and I had dinner at Kessaku late last December to celebrate MrC’s new job. We’d been curious about the place for a while because we would always notice it on our way home. When we finally got to go, we definitely weren’t disappointed. As usual, we ordered a lot because we were really in a Japanese food mood. Believe it or not, though, we finished everything. As in, no leftovers whatsoever.

Ebi Tempura
California Roll, Philadelphia Roll, a complimentary kani-cucumber appetizer, Kessaku’s cute soy sauce pot, and MrC’s ramen (sorry, I forget what kind)
Tuna Sashimi. No Japanese meal is ever complete without either this or Salmon Sashimi

I haven’t been back to Kessaku since that first time, but my mom has secretly eaten there, not just once, but twice over the past month! I say secretly because she literally did not announce that she was going. Well ok, the first time, she and my brother went when it was just the two of them at home for dinner. Then just a few days ago, she and my dad said they weren’t eating at home, and I had to ask her maybe five times before she finally told me where they were going. Lol. Life is funny when you have a lot of adults living in one house, believe me.

Kessaku, we will be back!

Have you been to Kessaku? What other dishes do you suggest we try when we finally come back? If you’ve not visited the place yet, you should! Oh, I’d also like to know what your favorite Japanese place is. Go, comment away!

Ground Floor, Commercenter Building
Filinvest Avenue, Filinvest Alabang
1781 Muntinlupa City
(02) 403 3445
Open Monday to Sunday
11am-2:30pm and 5:30pm-10:30pm


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I am a happy mom and housewife. Outside of this, I'm also a writer, a crocheter, and a self-taught home cook. I'm part of a book club, and I enjoy binge-watching my favorite TV shows. I'm super entertaining on Instagram, Twitter and Snapchat! Follow me: MrsPCuyugan.

10 thoughts on “My Ratatouille Moment at Kessaku Japanese Restaurant

  1. i went to kessaku and i was SOOOO DISAPPOINTED! the service was bad and the utensils were dirty. worst of all, MOST of the items in the menu were not available! i tried their tiger roll, which according to them is their bestseller! i was not impressed. in fact, i was frustrated. the only thing that i can taste is sesame seeds. no other flavor.

    their FRESH lychee shake is NOT even fresh! it was just from a canned lychee that you can easily buy from the grocery and they will charge you for a very high price. i was expecting the supervisor to talk to me regarding my concerns, but apparently, she was hiding because she knew i was so frustrated with the food. when i went there, i was the ONLY customer, and they can’t even provide quality service.

    i’m willing to pay for expensive food as long as it’s good and the service is great. but in the case of kassaku, NO WAY! i don’t know where they put the 10% service charge because from my experience, the staff are poorly trained. they don’t deserve that service charge nor any tip at all!!!

    i wrote a review about my dining experience in their facebook page. however, the moderator deleted it. talk about lack of transparency. if they really want to improve the restaurant, they should have taken this criticism constructively instead of deleting it from their page. there’s no point of turning a deaf-ear and a blind-eye. you have to satisfy your customers if you want to stay in business.

    1. Wow, I’m sorry to hear about your bad experience at Kessaku. I totally agree that establishments need to take criticism from their customers constructively. I can just imagine how disappointing it was to have the supervisor hide from you instead of listen to what you had to say. I’ve actually read other complaints online about how the service there has declined. So far I’ve not had any problems but after what you shared, I’m a bit worried about how things might be on my next visit.

      1. They’re very inconsistent considering that they’ve been open for almost a year. Why don’t they just close the restaurant if most of the items in the menu are not available? I really don’t get it. Ironically, there’s a supermarket just across the building for replenishments.

        I wrote my concerns in their page. However, the owner/moderator deleted entry. It just shows that they can’t take negative criticisms and that they don’t value their customers!

  2. Well, as I’ve said, Kenji Tei is our Jap resto to go to in Alabang. We even like it better than Omakase. Well now, we have a new place to try! Thanks for this post! 🙂

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