Cosmo Recommends: Unique Maki Treats

Love Japanese food? Sample these unique, out-of-the-box maki selections with your gal pals.

Fun Pinays love to bond while dining. Whether it’s over exotic streetfood like balut or isaw or decadent pastries from a posh cafe—enjoying food with family, colleagues, or friends surely tops our list of favorite social activities. And we make it more enjoyable by trying new dishes whenever we can.

Whether or not you’re a fan of Japanese cuisine, we encourage you to try the various options in Red Kimono. Its assortment of maki--from traditional types to those with modern Western twists--will give you a delightful break from the usual fare. Treat your taste buds to a burst of flavor from menu choices that include the Red Dragon, Cowboy Roll, Hot Shot Roll, Crunchy Ebi Maki, Salmon and Cream Cheese Maki, and Red Scorpion Maki. (Launch the gallery to see how they look! They're most definitely mouth-watering!)

If your gang prefers to have a little bit of everything, then go ahead and ask for the Maki Platter or, for bigger groups, the Party Platter.

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But aside from the delectable choices they currently offer, Red Kimono takes maki to a whole new level with new menu items, created by maki fanatics themselves who were handpicked by a panel of experts. To celebrate its fifth anniversary, Red Kimono launched the “My Maki Masterpiece Challenge,” open to all maki enthusiasts who wanted to create their own flavors of the Japanese dish.

From all entries received, ten finalists were selected, among which five winners were chosen based on taste, creativity, and presentation. Watch for these five winning delightful maki creations--Thai Mango Sticky Maki, Euniko Maki, Kiyomi Maki, Cherry Blossom Maki, and Kurt's Wheel Maki--which will soon be added to Red Kimono’s Maki Masterpiece menu.

The winners were selected by a panel of judges that include actress, model, entrepreneur, and jewelry designer Tweetie de Leon-Gonzales; Chairman of the Philippine Marketing Association Ricky de Vera; 99.5 RT DJ Rob Joseph of the Philippine Wine merchants and Ralph Wines and Spirits; cultural activist, artist, and performer Carlos Celdran; Dean of Enderun College, Dr. Eduardo Rodriguez; and publishing executive Ernie Lopez.

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Aside from the good food, the interiors of every Red Kimono branch have an east-meets-west feel to it—a mix of old Japanese charm and modern, sophisticated elegance. They're great for a Saturday night get-together with your girl friends or Friday night dinner with your officemates.

For your next barkada food trip, check out Red Kimono branches at The Fort Strip and The International School Manila in Fort Bonifacio, UP Ayala Techno Hub in Quezon City, Alabang Town Center and Westgate in Alabang, Marquee Mall in Angeles City, Pampanga, and Ayala Center in Cebu.

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