Japanese Food Crawl In Bonifacio Global City
There’s an old adage that love is sweeter the second time around, but we foodies at the Philippine Primer believe in something better: exploring the best Japanese restaurants in Bonifacio Global City (BGC) is sweeter the second time around! So without further ado, let’s continue our culinary adventure in this side of town!
Nikkei Nama Bar
Nikkei Naman Bar is a fusion restaurant serving Japanese and Peruvian dishes that opened in 2015. The restaurant is inspired by the era when countless Japanese immigrated to Peru, where they cooked Japanese food utilizing local ingredients. You can enjoy the bounty of the earth and sea with their nigiri sushi, maki sushi, and hand-rolled sushi.
Address: 2/F One Bonifacio High Street Mall
Business Hours: 11:00 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. (Mon to Thu, Sun) 11:00 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. (Fri to Sat)
Contact numbers: 0966-533-7573/02-7753-9212
Fukuhachi Japanese Dining
Chicken karaage bento/Image from Fukuhachi Japanese Dining Facebook page
Fukuhachi Japanese Dining is a two-in-one restaurant and grocery. Although the restaurant is temporarily closed as of writing, the grocery store is still operating. They also sell Japanese products such as homemade natto.
Address: Unit 43-44 Big Apple Mall, 7th Ave. Cor. 36th Street, North Bonifacio District, B.G.C., Taguig
Business hours: 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (closed on Sundays)
Dine in: Not allowed
Sukiyaki/IMAGE from Mogu Facebook page
Classically-trained chef Seiji Kamura, who previously ran Seiji Restaurant, leads Mogu’s kitchen. Aside from Japanese food, they also serve western dishes such as Wagyu hamburg steak with radish or demiglace sauce (Php 585).
Address: 1/F Serendra Complex, 11th Ave., 26th St., Bonifacio Global City, Taguig
Business hours: 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Watami Grill & Sushi Bar
Pepper beef rice in stone pot/IMAGE from Zomato
Watami is an izakaya that has been operating in Japan since 1992, which specializes in kushiyaki and sushi. Even though it has a Japanese-inspired interior, pop music plays in the background, creating a modern vibe in the restaurant.
Address: 4/F, Uptown Place Mall, 36th St. Cor. 9th Ave., Bonifacio Global City, Taguig
Business hours: Closed until further notice (deliveries only for this branch)
Dine in: Not allowed
Chicken cutlet curry/IMAGE from CoCo Ichibanya
CoCo Ichibanya is considered as Japan’s first global curry chain with over 1000 branches all over the world. One can customize their curry with a variety of toppings. If you want to taste the same curry that Japanese people enjoy, visit the nearest branch near you.
Address: Burgos Park, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig
Phone: Forbes Town: 0956-279-2971 Uptown: 0956 279 2974 / 0966-741-6389
Business hours: 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. (Sun to Thu), 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. (Fri to Sat)
Assorted maki rolls/IMAGE from Zomato
A modern omakase-style Japanese restaurant being managed by The Moment Food, Ooma serves consistently good Japanese staples such as karaage, katsudon, and soba. Diners will be pleasantly surprised by its friendly and welcoming staff and stylish interior.
IMAGE from Zomato
Mecha Uma is an upscale Japanese restaurant also being managed by The Moment Group. They serve Japanese-inspired international cuisine. As of the moment, they only do deliveries due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Address: 1/F RCBC Savings Bank Corporate Center, 25th and 26th St., Bonifacio Global City
Business hours: 12:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. (Closed on Mondays and Tuesdays)
Gyudon/IMAGE from Zomato
Located along the famous Burgos Circle, Soru Izakaya is a modern gastropub offering delicious Japanese favorites with a modern twist such as ebi and popcorn kani, tomahawk katsu, and udon carbonara. They also offer local and imported Japanese beer that is perfect to cap off your busy day.
Address: Burgos Circle, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City
Phone: 0917-170-8804／0917-628-1604 / (02) 296-2737
Business hours: 11:00 am to 10:00 pm (Mon – Thu)/11:00 am to 12:00 am (Fri-Sun)
Facebook: Soru Izakaya, BGC
Omakase/IMAGE from Zomato
If you’re looking for a casual restaurant where you can get your Japanese fix, Motto Motto is the perfect place for you. Located in Serendra, this restaurant prides itself in their comforting Japanese food and refreshing drinks. Their donburi bowls and brunch selections are to die for.
Address: Ground Floor, Serendra, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City
Business hours: 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Have you been to any of these restaurants before? Tell us in the comment section below!
This first appeared in Philippine Primer’s English and Japanese Magazines March 2021 issue.