Baipora, a newly opened casual dining restaurant at the Ashcreek Center in San Juan serves Japanese fusion dishes. If I were asked to describe their food, I would say that it is not pretentious. They serve good food in sufficient portions and at very friendly prices.
What they mean with creative mood food is basically to transform. They aim to transform their food offerings from casual dishes to sophisticated platters in the evenings. Since their thrust is all about transformation, this also shows in their interiors. They are in partnership with the Philippine Origami Organization featuring art pieces from local artists.
For appetizers, we tried the Seafood Takoyaki Pancake for Php180. It’s like a personal sized okonomiyaki topped with bonito flakes that seem to be moving when they arrive because of the heat. I should have actually taken a video of this. But you definitely must go to try this dish.
We also got to try the surf and turf sushi, prawn tempura made into a maki topped with avocado and a slice of steak with teriyaki sauce. It was one of our facorites and would definitely go back for this one especially for the price of only Php295.
The Baipora karaage salad, crispy chicken karaage on a bed of salad greens with carrots, cucumber, orange slices, nori and wanton chips with a seasame dressing.
The gyoza ala pelmini is basically a gyoza ravioli. The dish is Php320 but it’s something you can share with the whole table.
Next up was my favorite, the Baipora balls of curry. It’s a whole scotch egg or a meatball with a hardboiled egg in the middle, breaded and deep-fried. Curry sauce is added on top as well as black sesame. It’s served with pita pocket where you can insert the meatball in order to make a sandwich.
For our main dish, we were served the pan seared ponzu chicken with red pepper sauce, mashed potato and steamed vegetables.
The second main dish we tried was the nori wrapped pork steak with wasabi and sake cream sauce and nori rice and steamed vegetables. By this time I was already too full and trying to make room for dessert.
For dessert we had Oreo tempura with chocolate sauce, topped with powdered sugar and ice cream dipping sauce.
We also ordered Oreo cheesecake, a blended ice drink for Php150 and hot black sesame latte for Php130. We also tried two kinds of crepe cakes and a red velvet cake.
They also have other drinks like coffee, iced blended coffee, flavored lattes, non-coffee ice blended drink and even mocktails. We tried the Blue Mojito, Passion fruit, sakura grapefruit soda and my favorite, the refreshing cucumber mojito.
I find that the food of Baipora is very affordable considering it’s in Greenhills. They even have Php250-325 bento boxes that come with rice, mixed vegetables, soup and fruit of the day. It’s something that you can keep coming back to.