Four days before Mommy’s 80th birthday, we hosted a sumptuous Chinese food lunch in her honor, with only about 75 persons consisting of family members and closest friends in attendance, at Luk Foo Cantonese Kitchen in Paranaque. On her actual birthday, we treated Mommy to a Japanese food feast fit for a queen. The place was Inagiku — Mommy’s choice — and we agreed that she deserved nothing less. Inagiku is a classy dining establishment in Makati Shangri-La that serves authentic Japanese cuisine prepared by Master Sushi Chef Wataru Hikawa and Executive Chef Kimito Katagiri.Since I’ve dined at Inagiku before, I knew that it was best to choose from the “lunch specials” instead of ordering a la carte. Prices of the set meals range from P950++ to P1,650++ but I must say, they’re worth every peso. My husband and dad-in-law both ordered the Lobster Gozen each, and it consists of an appetizer, a salad, miso soup, a lobster, U.S. beef steak, and dessert. Mommy and I each had the Sashimi To Yakizakana — inclusive of appetizer, miso soup, assorted sashimi, grilled fish of the day, rice and dessert. Every single item served to us elicited big smiles on our faces. Way to celebrate, indeed!My husband and I couldn’t stop raving about our lunch for days. The lobster had a memorable garlic-butter flavor that’s simply divine. The steak had an amazing tenderness and the grilled gindara in teriyaki sauce was delectably creamy and oh-so-tasty! As for the sashimi, they were the freshest slabs of raw fish I’ve had in a long while. So, so good. For dessert, I had green tea ice cream and my brother-in-law’s coffee jelly. Because it was Mommy’s special day, the staff gave her a complimentary chocolate cake to take home. It was truly a splendid day, and I’m looking forward to another family milestone to celebrate at Inagiku, arguably the best Japanese restaurant in town! Perhaps on Daddy and Mommy’s 60th wedding anniversary next year?