Wagyu Studio turns one

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Wagyu Studio turns one
Lui Clavano, Carlo Alvarez, Mico Clavano, and LA Clavano Photos by Pepper Teehankee on a Leica C Digital Camera

The Clavano brothers — LA, Mico, Lui and fourth partner Carlo Alvarez took a big gamble by opening Wagyu Studio during the pandemic. It seems their gamble paid off, as their restaurant has just turned one year old!  The place is doing very well and I would have expected it to do so because of the excellent food served there.

An intimate dinner marked their first year and this definitely was one of the most heavenly meals I have had in the Philippines.  The 10-course dinner was perfect and simply divine.

We started with the Nori Tostada — toasted seaweed topped with wagyu tartare, uni (sea urchin), pickled wasabi, caviar, and edible gold flakes. The flavors just melded perfectly.

The chawanmushi was no ordinary Japanese egg custard as it was made with wagyu broth, flavored with truffle essence, and served with a Japanese snow crab leg.

Lumpia was also served and stuffed with slow-cooked wagyu “adobo style” and foie gras.  A huge Japanese oyster was poached and topped with caviar cream, olive oil, and lemon rind.

Yoji Kitayama holding the wagyu and Shunsuke Nakata holding yuzu sake.

Of course the house specialty Sando (Japanese for “sandwich”) was on the menu.  The melt-in-your-mouth chateaubriand (the softest part of the tenderloin is perfectly breaded then fried, served with the Wagyu Studio sauce in a sandwich embellished with edible gold flakes.

“Josper” were wagyu steaks quickly cooked in the extremely hot Josper oven and served with Japanese yams and an aged soy sauce with sancho peppers.

A chirashi of raw wagyu, uni, ikura (salmon roe) and again their trademark edible gold flakes was prepared for us, which Wagyu Studio chef Yoji Kitayama made into sushi rolls.

These superb dishes were served with sake paired by Shunsuke Nakata.

This perfect dinner was capped off by an unusual dessert that I actually liked: milk ice cream with wagyu fat and wagyu jerky! You have to try it to understand the complex pairing that actually works!

Aside from their degustation menu, other offerings are sandwiches, gyudon (beef bowl), gyoza, and an off-menu instant cup noodles topped with wagyu trimmings!

Congratulations to LA, Mico, Lui, and Carlo for your baby’s first year!  You definitely have one of the best restaurants in Manila!

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Wagyu Studio is located at The Finance Center, 9th Avenue corner 26th Street, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig. Call 0917-180-0657 for reservations or inquiries.

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