JICYMI: Mitsukoshi has finally opened its doors to the public. Although the building is not occupied to its full capacity, there are a handful of stores that are already open. On the lower ground floor, right beside the food court, you’ll find Mitsukoshi Fresh.
If you haven’t been to Mitsukoshi Fresh, do manage your expectations as it only occupies a small space and during the time we visited the supermarket, not all aisles were accessible. But even with these limitations, there are aisles of great grocery finds and great eats.
Here are some of the great food finds at Mitsukoshi Fresh:
1. Tokyo Banana and Kibana
Tokyo Banana (P1,050/box of eight) and Kibana, the pasalubong that’s famous in Tokyo and Hokkaido respectively, are now available at Mitsukoshi Fresh. You can find the Tokyo Banana near the chilled beverage and dessert (Bebe Rouge) sections. Just look for the bright yellow box!
2. Bebe Rouge Patisserie
Petite desserts are common in Japanese supermarkets which is why you’ll find a section at Mitsukoshi Fresh dedicated to these sweets. You’ll find Bebe Rouge Patisserie’s Otonoa No Chocolat (P170), Mousse Au Chocolat (P180), Mille Crepe (P160), Nama Cream Dorayaki (P98), Mont Blanc (P195)Maritozzo (P120), Souffle Cheese Cake (P170), Matcha Roll Cake (P150/slice), Belgian Chocolate Roll (P480), and the Tiramisu (P165) which we got to try.
If you love a coffee dessert that’s more coffee than sweet, you should definitely grab a container of the tiramisu! Each bite has a strong coffee taste to it, especially from the layers of the sponge cake.
3. Maki, Inari, Sashimi, And More
In what looks like the frozen section of Mitsukoshi Fresh, you’ll find plastic containers of maki, inari, sashimi, and other Japanese food. They have a Kaisendon, a bowl of rice topped with raw seafood, maki (tamago or salmon), inari which is a stuffed tofu pocket, raw salmon, and raw sashimi.
We got to try the salmon nigiri for ourselves and we found it decent for what’s technically supermarket nigiri. There’s no lansa or fishiness at all, the drizzle of mayonnaise adds some tang and sweetness to it. If you don’t mind its mild taste, you can eat it as is, but we dipped it in a bit of soy sauce it comes with to add more flavor.
The price of each item varies, even if it’s the same product. The price likely depends on the weight measured which differs from each product to the other.
4. Mitsukoshi-branded products
The only Mitsukoshi-branded product we found at Mitsuko Fresh is a 200-gram can of Beef Curry (P320). This small can that’s over P300 is, to put it simply, expensive. If you have the means to splurge and are curious about what this tastes like, add it to your cart and satisfy your curiosity!
Here’s our short review of the Isetan Mitsukoshi canned Beef Curry: Even if the beef bits can’t be identified from the curry sauce, the sweet Japanese beef curry is delicious! If you have any experience cooking Japanese curry roux cubes, the canned version tastes less salty.
5. Japanese snacks and drinks
Although not as extensive as we had hoped the selection would be, Mitsukoshi Fresh does have a decent selection of popular Japanese snacks, candies, and drinks! From Meiji’s coffee- and strawberry-flavored milk and Pokka Sapporo orange juice to Hata ramune and Orihiro jelly candies, the hope that this small selection would include more choices in the near future keeps our fingers crossed!
Mitsukoshi is located at 8th Ave. Corner 36th St., Grand Central Park, North, Taguig, Metro Manila.