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Mecha Uma

Manila, Philippines

Hip Philippines chef dazzles with Japanese fusion

In a nutshell: A poster boy for the Philippines' increasingly hip restaurant scene, Bruce Ricketts, aka Chef Broosy, heads up this tiny, trendy Japanese fusion restaurant, where guests sit at the counter at the open kitchen.    

What to order: Expect fun combinations and punchy flavours on the omakase menu. 'Fish sandwich upgrade' features raw salmon with coconut, foie gras mousse and pink peppercorns, or try the rice bowl topped with slivers of beef, Japanese rum and gyoza. It's seasoned with yuzu and wasabi microgreens

Who is Chef Broosy? After studying culinary management in San Diego and working in Californian restaurants, Ricketts returned home to the Philippines to head up Japanese restaurant Robot in Makati City, before opening his own restaurants Sensei Sushi and Mecha Uma.

A few words on the room: The space has real impact thanks to the use of raw materials – concrete, copper, glass and wood – plus a striking installation of rusty steel squares that repeat and overlap up to the ceiling.

And the name? Mecha Uma is an abbreviation of a Japanese expression, which means 'absurdly delicious'.

You probably didn't know... Chef Broosy is the nephew of blockbuster martial arts star Ronnie Ricketts and is a talented fighter is in his own right.

Images: Mecha Uma/The Moment Group

On the pass

  • Bruce Ricketts

Style of food

  • Japanese fusion

Standout dish

  • The tropics on a plate
  • 25th street, between 5th & 6th Aves, RCBC Corporate Center, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig, Metro Manila
  • http://www.mechauma.ph/