Arnaiz Rd. (formerly Pasay Rd.) Corner EDSA
On May 30, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PeTA) released this video, titled “Silent Scream”:
My first reaction, as usual when I see the trash propaganda these people produce, was a tinge of anger, but that always quickly subsides when I consider the source. It’s PeTA after all, they’re a little difficult to take seriously.
My second reaction was an intense craving for sushi. A couple text messages later and we’re on for Nihonbashitei.
The servers at Nihonbashitei are a little bit inept. My favorite part of dining in restaurants in Manila is when they hand you a 15 page menu and then stare at you with a pen and notepad, ready to take your order. I said something to the effect of “would you kindly fuck off?” and we studied the menu.
I came on a mission. I wanted little more than raw fish. We settled on an assortment of sushi and sashimi and even added in some cold soba with tempura.
The salmon sashimi arrived first. Now I realize that all salmon in the Philippines arrives frozen but often the difference is how it was handled between arriving and being served. They do a pretty good job here.
I made sure to include several uni nigiri in our order. The uni here is really good, squishy and umami. All of my favorite sensations.
Also of note was the unagi. Clearly not all unagi is the same but this was another score for Nihonbashitei. It had a good texture and wasn’t too sweet.
Nihonbashitei is a great place to go for sushi on the cheap. The quality to price ratio is very favorable and it’s pretty authentic.
I wonder what my next PeTA-inspired meal will be. They have recently been on a kick attacking chefs and purveyors of artisanal products, which is peculiar because these are some of the most responsible and ethical stewards in the meat supply chain. Though it should not be surprising given the group’s stated mission of “total animal liberation.”
I think I will need to discuss this topic more. For now, I leave you with a quote from Ingrid Newkirk, PeTA’s founder when she was explaining to the New Yorker why the world would be a better place without people.
“Having a purebred human baby is like having a purebred dog; it’s nothing but vanity, human vanity.”