It was my first time to shoot photos for a client. (The only client I usually have to please is myself. Ha!) Now under new management, Wasabi serves authentic chicken rice (P200) during lunch, and it’s also a staple at the restaurant’s Sunday buffet lunch (which is very good, by the way). Soon, Wasabi will have a complete Singaporean line-up in addition to its Japanese cuisine.
The chicken rice comes with a bowl of hot broth, the requisite rice and vegetables, as well as two tiny receptacles ”“ one containing dark sweet soy sauce and the other pure chicken oil, okay fat. Although the owner admonishes me to not mix the two sauces together, I do so anyway with gleeful abandon. I feel that the oil ”“ mercilessly delicious oil ”“ by itself is a bit bland and needed a kick in the pants from the soy sauce. Anyway, you do what you please.
I shot close to 100 photos in two hours. The chicken rice had three “costume changes”:
a rectangular yellow plate…
…a triangular green plate…
… and a circular blue bowl which I liked the best but which the owner dismissed as “unrealistic, but very Singaporean nevertheless.”
You might have noticed that these shots are not characteristic of my usual food-porn style. The owner wanted an overhead shot that would include all the elements that make the dish. He’s the client so I followed orders. What a trip.
Wasabi Bistro & Sake Bar
G/F Olympia Building
7912 Makati Avenue, Makati
8404223 / 8921870