If you are looking for the best Japanese cuisine at an affordable price, then Bless Okiniiri Japanese Restaurant is the place for you.
Bless Okiniiri Japanese Restaurant opened its third branch at Vista Mall Molino in Cavite last Oct. 26. The two other branches of Bless Okiniiri Japanese Restaurant are located at The Shops Azuela Cove, J.P. Laurel Avenue, Lanang corner R. Castillo St., Davao City and at 285 Aguirre Avenue, BF Homes in Paranaque City. The restaurant is open daily from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
“Bless Okiniiri is a family-oriented restaurant with more than 50 choices of maki, salmon, sushi and sashimi,” said Jessie Maloles, owner of Bless Okiniiri Japanese Restaurant. “We acquired this restaurant in December. Then we refurbished it and now food lovers can enjoy its ambiance inspired by both traditional and modern Japanese elements.”
Among those who graced the opening of Bless Okiniiri Japanese Restaurant are former Mister International Neil Perez, Malaysian singer Min Yasmin, Malaysian producer Julfekar, beauty queen Risa Aza, etc. The opening was also highlighted by a mini-fashion show featuring the collection of Jessie from designers Rye Baile and Marlo Javier. The successful event was organized by Ogee Atos and Bong Regala.
Bless Okiniiri is one of the most affordable eat-all-you-can buffets for only P450/head with free iced tea and optional ala carte menu for those who wish to enjoy Japanese dishes in smaller portions.
Feast among well-loved Japanese dishes such as Kani Mango Salad, Salmon Head Miso Soup, Chicken Teppan, Beef Yakiniku, Chahan Fried Rice, Yakisoba, California Maki, Salmon Alaskan Roll, Chicken Karaage, Kani Crab Stick coated with Tempura Breading, Ebi Tempura, Steamed Gyoza, Pork Tonkatsu, Kana Kirai, and more.
Singer Min Yasmin of Malaysia said: “The quality control is very good. I hope they will maintain that way so that they will be different from the other restaurants.”
Malaysian producer Julfekar added: “I’ve tried many Japanese restaurants and I must say that Bless Okiniiri is one of the bests.”
Bless Okiniiri Japanese restaurant is managed and operated by Bless Amare Group of Companies with enterprises engaged in restaurants and the hospitality industry. It was established by Jessie and business partner Nelson Mendoza in 2016.
Its flagship restaurant called Bless Las Paellas offers traditional and modern paellas inspired from Valencia, Spain with an array of food choices from Old Manila favorites to seafood dishes.
The Bless Amare Cafe serves Mediterranean, Italian, Moroccan and some all-time favorite Filipino dishes. “It is actually a fusion of Spanish, Japanese, and Old Manila.”
“Mahilig talaga akong kumain. Wala akong ibang bisyo kundi kain lang (I really just love to eat. I do not have any other vices, except eating),” Jessie said. But because her business partner is knowledgeable with restaurant operations, she is confident about their success.
The company has always carried the word “bless” in their businesses.
“When you hear the word ‘bless,’ you normally associate it with ‘blessings.’ In Tagalog, pinagpala. And there are no obstacles to a blessing; it is freely given and received.”
Bless Amare has also imparted spiritual nourishment among its employees. The firm has scheduled religious services every Tuesday, as well as Mass every first Friday of the month.
“God has always been at the center of my life,” shared Jessie. “He is the source of the blessings and the One who provides. In business and in life, He sustains.”
The company has also focused on the needs of its employees. It gives bonuses in October, November, and January. “We are not confined to the 13th month pay. I believe in the circulation of money. When business performance is good, the profit goes around. We do not keep the entire profit to ourselves. We share it with those who work for us.”