February 03, 2021

Little Tokyo Adventures: Creekside Mall, The Gallery, and Mile Long

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  • After touring Little Tokyo, we’ll now move on to the Creekside Mall, The Gallery, and Mile Long as we continue our culinary adventures on this side of Makati.  Let’s explore those places now, shall we?

    Kotono Japanese Restaurant

    Kotono Japanese Restaurant / IMAGE by Primer Media

    Kotono is known for their grilled beef tongue (Php480) and duck dishes. You can enjoy high-quality duck cooked in various ways such as boiled duck, a delicacy from Kanazawa, Ishikawa Prefecture, and soba noodles with duck. They also offer more than 20 types of soba dishes.

    Address: Rm 2 Mezzanine Flr. Creekside Bldg Amorsolo cor. V.A. Rufino St., Legaspi Village Makati
    Phone: 02-211-5775/02-255-1071/0917-170-7790
    Business Hours: 4:30 pm – 10:30 pm
    Facebook: KotonoJapaneseRestaurant
    Card: Accepted
    Cashless payment: Unavailable
    Smoking: Smoking seats available

    Isaribi Japanese Restaurant

    Isaribi Japanese Restaurant / IMAGE by Primer Media

    Diners will be welcomed by a lively storefront decorated with lanterns and banners. They pride themselves on their grilled fresh seafood and meat using high-quality Japanese beef. They also offer a wide variety of Japanese dishes and alcoholic beverages. There are smoking seats separated by glass doors inside the establishment, which is great for smokers.

    Address: RG-5 Creekside Mall Bldg. Amorsolo St. corner V.A. Rufino St. 1230 Makati
    Phone: 02-8801-1770
    Business Hours: 11:00 am – 2:00 pm / 5:00 pm – 12:00 am
    Facebook: Isaribi Japanese Restaurant – Makati
    Card: Accepted
    Cashless payment: Accepted
    Smoking: Smoking seats available

    Deli Food

    Yeung Chow Chao Fan / IMAGE by Primer Media

    Before moving to the Philippines, Mr. Thomas, the owner, lived in Hong Kong for 25 years. Deli Food offers authentic Hong Kong dishes via delivery service. It doesn’t have a physical store where customers can dine in, but it does has a kitchen on the 4th floor of the Creekside Mall. There are 11 items on the menu, including Grilled Pork Chop Rice, Yeung Chow Chao Fan, and Shrimp Pan Fry Spaghetti. Priced at Php180-280 per item, diners can enjoy affordable, but delicious Hong Kong delicacies.

    Address: Unit 22 Penthouse Creekside Amorsolo, Brgy. Pio Del Pilar, Makati
    Phone: 0999-998-3333
    Business Hours: 10:00 am – 8:00 pm
    Facebook: Delifoodmakati
    Card: Unavailable
    Cashless payment: Unavailable
    Smoking: Non-smoking

     

    Hoshimatsuri Japanese Restaurant

    Hoshimatsuri Japanese Restaurant/ IMAGE by Primer Media

    An izakaya run by a Filipina who loves Japanese food. Filipino chefs run the kitchen. Their specialty, Hakata chicken skin, is so tasty. It has been slow-grilled for three days until the fat drips offMotsunabe is a popular choice among diners too.

    Address: Mezzanine, Creekside Mall, Amorsolo St., cor. V.A. Rufino St., Legaspi Village, Makati
    Phone: 02-8893-3294
    Business Hours: 11:00 am – 2:00 pm, 4:00 pm – 10:00 pm
    Facebook: Hoshimatsuri
     Card: Accepted
    Cashless payment: Unavailable
    Smoking: Smoking seats available

    Kaya Korean Restaurant

    Kaya Korean Restaurant / IMAGE by Primer Media

    A Korean food chain founded in 1993. Customers often order yukhoeyakiniku, stone-grilled bibimbapjapchaepajeon, cold noodles, among others. Kaya Mart, a Korean chain of groceries, is also under the same management.

    Address: Ground Floor, Creekside Mall, Amorsolo Street, Legaspi Village, Makati City
    Phone: 0945-468-5363
    Business Hours: 10:00 am – 10:30 pm
    Facebook: kayarest
    Website: None
    Card: Accepted
    Cashless payment:  Accepted
    Smoking: Non-smoking

    Gyumon Yakiniku Restaurant

    Gyumon Yakiniku Restaurant / IMAGE by Primer Media

    yakiniku restaurant that also has a branch at the Sheraton Hotel (formerly Pan Pacific Hotel) in Malate. They use high-quality US beef for their dishes. For those who want to enjoy yakiniku at the comforts of their homes, you can order some for take out.

    Address: Unit M-VII Makati Creekside Mall Amorsolo St., Legaspi Vill. Makati 1229 Manila
    Phone: 02-8567-5349/02-8819-0361/0917-895-7727
    Business Hours: 11:30 am – 9:00 pm
    Facebook: GyumonPh
    Card: Accepted
    Cashless payment: Accepted
    Smoking: Non-smoking

    Ryuen


    Karubi/ IMAGE from their Facebook page 

    Ryuen belongs to the same group of restaurants that manages Gyumon Yakiniku Restaurant that also serves the same delicious Japanese staples. Located on the first floor of the popular shopping mall, Ryuen-Creekside Mall serves authentic yakiniku to its patrons. Beef stew (Php250), liver skewers (Php550), and beef tataki (Php350) are some of their bestsellers. They also offer Japanese and Korean soju.

    Address: 1/F Creekside Mall, Amorsolo Street, Legaspi Village, Makati City
    Phone: 0928-553-2806 / 0928-354-7093 / 0917-895-7727
    Business Hours: 10:30 am – 7:00 pm
    Facebook: RyuenPh
    Card:  Accepted
    Cashless payment: Unavailable
    Smoking: Non-smoking

    Bunchy Yummy

    Bunchy Yummy / IMAGE by Primer Media

    A hot pot restaurant being operated by a Chinese national that is located on the 4th floor of the Creekside Mall. Most of their patrons are Chinese. Their signature soups, which are a crowd favorite, are highly recommended.

    Address: Creekside Mall, Penthouse Unit 29, Amorsolo Street, Legazpi Village, Makati, Metro Manila
    Phone: 0956-825-2599
    Business Hours: 4:00 pm – 3:00 am
    Website: chinese-restaurant-2151.business.site/
    Card: Unavailable
    Cashless payment: Unavailable
    Smoking: Non-smoking

     

    BAR IE

    Bar IE / IMAGE by Primer Media

    Bar IE a hidden gem located on the 2nd floor of the Creekside Mall. Master IE used to run a bar in Amagasaki for 38 years before literally bringing the bar itself straight from Japan when he moved here. Their signature curry is very popular among its customers.

    Address: Rm. 5A, Mezzanine, Creekside Mall, Amorsolo St., Makati City
    Phone: 0927-426-0311
    Business Hours: 19:00-22:00 (Closed on Mondays)
    Facebook: Bar Ie
    Card: Unavailable
    Cashless payment: Unavailable
    Smoking: Smoking seats available

    AKQKA

    AKQKA / IMAGE by Primer Media

    AKQKA serves affordable Indian and Asian food. You can also do karaoke in their small and cozy restaurant. They also allow customers to smoke shisha or hooka.

    Address: Unit S-7 The Gallery, Amorsolo St., Makati
    Contact numbers: 0966-943-8018 / 0977-617-1602
    Website: www.akqka.com
    Facebook: AKQKA
    Card: Unavailable
    Cashless payment: Unavailable
    Smoking: Unavailable

    Dweji Jip Korean Grill 

    Dweji Jip Korean Grill / IMAGE by Primer Media

    A Korean yakiniku restaurant located on the 2nd floor of the Creekside Mall. They offer eat-all-you-can samgyeopsal and pork for Php399 per person between 9:30 am – 3:30 pm. They also offer eat-all-you-can pork and beef for Php499 per person anytime.

    Address: Creekside Mall, 2/F, Amorsolo St., Legazpi Village, Makati, Metro Manila
    Phone: 0928-663-8868
    Business Hours: 9:30 am – 9:30 pm
    Facebook: DwejiJipPH
    Card:  Unavailable
    Cashless payment: Accepted
    Smoking: Non-smoking

    Black Unicorn Gym

    Black Unicorn Gym / IMAGE by Primer Media

     The gym belongs to a former Muay Thai coach, who offers boxing and one-on-one Muay Thai training, from simple to advanced lessons.

    Address:  2/F Mile Long Bldg. Amorsolo St. Cor. V.A. Rufino St. Legazpi Vill. Makati
    Phone: 0927-128-7094/0961-750-4947/02-8925-5513
    Business Hours: 7:00 am to 10:00 pm
    Facebook: BlackUnicornGym
    Card: Unavailable
    Cashless payment: Unavailable
    Smoking: Non-smoking

    Skooter Trade

    X4 2.0 / IMAGE by Primer Media

    A showroom for electric scooters. All types of scooters are on sale. The cheapest, “X4,” costs Php32,999, while “LS7,” the most expensive among the lot has a price tag of Php 159,000.

    Address:  2/F Mile Long Bldg. Amorsolo St. Cor. V.A. Rufino St. Legazpi Vill. Makati
    Phone: 0917-311-4038/0945-982-1058
    Business Hours: 7:00 am- 10:00 pm
    Facebook: skootertrade
    Card: Accepted
    Cashless payment: Unavailable

    Have you ever been to any of these establishments? Share your story with us in the comments section below!


    This first appeared in Philippine Primer’s English and Japanese Magazines February 2021 issue

               
               
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