Opened in August of 2016 at Arya Residences, Bonifacio Global City (BGC), Fukudaya—offering an omakase-kaiseki course with off-menu dishes special to the occasion—is the first Fukudaya branch in the country and was put up to bring to the Philippines innovative interpretations of a modern Japanese dining experience.
Botejyu in SM Mall of Asia Japan’s premier specialty restaurant is finally here! Botejyu, the innovator of the legendary Okonomiyaki, and inventor of Okosoba, opens their first Philippine branch at the SM Mall of Asia. Botejyu President and CEO Hideto Kurita (in the middle) with Viva International Food and Restaurants, Inc. officials pose for a photo op From the gourmet city of Tamade, Osaka in 1946, Botejyu first started as an okonomiyaki specialty restaurant. The restaurant was named so from the Japanese onomatopoeia of the sound “bote” of the okonomiyaki being flipped and the sizzling sound “jyu” of it cooking on the hot teppan griddle. Ceasar […]
Update: Chibo Okonomiyaki in S’Maison, Conrad Manila is now permanently closed. You can now get a taste of Osaka’s famous okonomiyaki as Chibo Okonomiyaki Restaurant, one of Japan’s leading okonomiyaki restaurants, has landed on our shores! JAPAN’S BEST. It’s been said that Osaka okonomiyaki is one of, if not the best in Japan. Chibo Okonomiyaki specializes in Osaka okonomiyaki, so expect no less than the best. Logo courtesy of Chibo Okonomiyaki Facebook page. Chibo was founded in 1973 at Sennichimae in Osaka, Japan, a district known for gourmet eateries. The name comes from the flag mark of Hideyoshi Toyotomi, a 16th century Japanese warlord, and the man responsible […]
Chef Masa Arafuka has put up an izakaya or a gastro-pub that’s accessible to more people in Makati and is probably the closest thing to an authentic Japanese izakaya experience this side of Makati: Kenshin Japanese Izakaya Restaurant. THE COUNTER. If you’ve ever seen an izakaya in Japan, this is how their counter usually looks. That’s the menu on top, by the way. The food from Kenshin is as Japanese as it gets. AS JAPANESE AS IT GETS. Top: Chicken teriyaki (P158); Bottom left: Chicken Karaage (P158 solo or P288 for sharing); Bottom right: Beef teppan (P278) SALAD AND GYOZA. Left: Ramen salad (P158); Right: gyoza […]
Tori Ichi, which is short for “Yakitori Ichiban”, is a restaurant that originated in Kyoto, Japan. Located at Net Quad in Taguig, this new food spot prepares authentic yakitori that both Japanese and non-Japanese customers surely love. Yakitori is a Japanese type of grilled chicken, but its preparation is basically any meat skewered in either bamboo sticks or steel. BEST-SELLER. Butabara Karashi (P75) or pork belly skewers with mustard mayo. This restaurant opened in December 2015. Though not the first to offer yakitori in the Philippines, Tori Ichi is ready to compete in the industry with their one-of-a-kind selection of yakitori, yakisoba and katsudon. (L-R) Niku Tsume […]
Looking for a fine dining Japanese restaurant? Check out Hide Yamamoto at the City of Dreams Manila. This restaurant, which is named after Award-winning chef Hidemasa Yamamoto, has branches all over the world. In the Philippines, Hide Yamamoto is located in the grand entertainment complex at the City of Dreams Manila. The restaurant offers 3 counter kitchens for Edomae Sushi, Teppanyaki and Robatayaki, which create a unique atmosphere in the restaurant. These kitchens offer flavorful dishes where you can indulge on fresh seafood, fine meat, and quality vegetables. All the ingredients used such as seafood and vegetables are imported from Tsukiji fish market and Hokkaido, Japan. SEE SEAFOOD? Hide Yamamoto […]
YOKOHAMA Meat Kitchen, originally from Yokohama, opened in October 17 at Jupiter, Makati. It is brought by Yakiniku Zanmai, a famous barbecue restaurant that has been successfully operating several branches around Japan for at least fifteen years. The restaurant has a modern concept that lets customers feel the Japanese-style of hospitality. It is owned by two Japanese who aimed to deliver the luxurious beef flavor from Japan to Manila. Find fresh and quality meat in Manila. Enjoy a banquet of grilled meat here. The owners highly recommend two dishes: Wagyu-Tokujo Karubi and Harami which are both for P690. The restaurant has 12 tables good six people each. It also offers […]