Zipang brings the Japanese flavor nearer as one can now enjoy authentic Japanese cuisine as prepared by a Japanese chef. The classic sushi and the tempura, popular B-class gourmet food in Japan, can now be availed without going out of the country. – JUST LIKE THE ORIGINAL. Zipang guarantees the authentic Japanese food experience to anyone who would try their menu. – Recommended from their menu is their Sanzokuyaki (P300), a Nagano specialty of chicken marinated in soy, sake and garlic, deep-fried until golden. It is a house special of Zipang. If one is craving for fish, one must order their Shake Shioyaki (P250), which is buttered and grilled salmon […]
You can tell what people like to eat with the kind of restaurants in their neighborhood. For those living in Better Living, it’s safe to say that it’s Japanese food. Amidst the rows of car repair shops and banks is Hanako, one of the Japanese restaurants along Dona Soledad with predominantly white and neon green exteriors. . Hanako from the outside . The restaurant seems very inviting. The interiors play with green and white colors, while the service crew is easy to talk to. Owned by Jon Bantigue and Caloy Sycip, Hanako offers a wide selection of casual Japanese food. They’ve got sushi, donburi, teppanyaki, gyoza, and even dessert if […]
Las Piñas City. For most of the people who live in the northern part of Manila, it is an unsettlingly quiet area where everything is too relaxed. But it’s exactly what southerners love about the city: the villages never feel congested, people can go out in casual attire, everyone can roam around without being choked by traffic fumes, and there are so many tiny neighborhood gems to discover and love. Usagi Cafe is one of these neighborhood gems. Set in a peaceful street of BF Resort, the Japanese-inspired cafe can be quite easy to miss unless you keep your eyes peeled for it. The cafe is recognizable by the colorful […]
Meet the perfect sushi craving-buster in Alabang! Among the clusters of shops and restaurants in Westgate, Alabang is Sushi Ninja, a hip restaurant serving Japanese food and scrumptious varieties of sushi. The restaurant space resembles a cool warehouse, with its quirky sushi clock and Japanese countertop figurines and wood and metal elements. Conceptualized by Matthew Floro Tanjuakio, who left his marketing gig to study at the California Sushi Academy in LA, the restaurant started out as a stall in weekend markets like Soderno and Mercato and later branched out as a catering business and finally as a full-fledged restaurant. Spicy Tuna Salad Sushi Ninja has a diverse menu, ranging from […]
Located at Shangri-La Plaza in Ortigas, AKIRA is a sushi and teppanyaki restaurant named after the late Japanese filmmaker Akira Kurosawa. The restaurant has a laid-back atmosphere, delighting both visual and gastronomical needs. One of this restaurant’s attractions is the large iron plate where customers can watch the chefs as they create art out of their dishes. The chefs prepare each dish meticulously, aiming to achieve perfection in every detail, just as the Japanese do. The restaurant serve best quality Japanese wagyu in the premium A3 and A4 grades. They have classic Japanese food such as tonkatsu, ramen, sushi, sashimi, tempura. Japanese liquors are also available. Akira has branches at […]
The long awaited Ramen Kagetsu Arashi has finally opened its very first restaurant in the Philippines! The newly-opened restaurant is located at the 2nd floor of Paseo Center, facing Ayala Triangle. It is one of the largest chains of ramen restaurants in Japan with over 260 branches. Its constantly changing menu offers a variety of ramen, some of which are only seasonal, which attracts ramen fans all over the world. The store is brightly lit and filled with table seats and booths in vibrant color, giving it a modern and retro look and feel that families and couples alike can appreciate. Its signature dish, the Arashi Genkotsu Ramen (P295), has […]
Located on the 3rd floor of Mega Atrium in SM Mega Mall, Eri Curry is a restaurant that specializes in Japanese curry. Chef Erica, owner of Eri Curry, is a Filipina who grew up in Japan. Her love for Japanese curry inspired her to put up her own restaurant. She wanted to introduce her favorite dish in a way that Filipinos would love – a little sweet in flavor without taking away the genuine Japanese curry taste. At Eri Curry, customers can adjust the amount of spice and choose the toppings for the curry dish. There are three levels of spiciness: Just Right, Spicy and Firey, which is recommended for […]
UPDATED as of January 15, 2019: This restaurant is CLOSED. Banzai is the country’s biggest Japanese buffet located at SM By the Bay, Mall of Asia, Pasay City. Banzai interior reflects a traditional Japanese setting. Upon entering, the guests are welcomed with Japanese lanterns, bamboo shoots, wood floor, cherry blossom tree and even Dotonbori neon signs. The restaurant is big enough to accommodate a maximum of 417 people. Banzai runs an open kitchen where you can see how the chefs prepare each dish. Everything is cooked on the spot, so everyone can enjoy fresh and authentic Japanese cooking. This Japanese buffet restaurant is supervised by 2 Japanese chefs to ensure the […]
Located along Aguirre street in BF Homes, Ramen KURODA serves 3 different flavors of ramen: red (spicy), black (with a touch of garlic and black sesame), and white (standard). There is also a set which already includes a bowl of ramen, pork cutlet and rice. Make sure to order gyoza for side dish. The extensive shop with 77 seating capacity Black ramen (P290) The gyoza made by the wife of the Japanese general manager Ramen + pork cutlet + rice (P450)
Filipinos have embraced the hearty ramen dish and are extremely fond of these satisfying bowls of heaven – flavorful broth with al dente noodles and a range of tantalizing toppings to boot. World-famous ramen emporium IPPUDO is set to take Manila by storm, with a slated opening in September 2014 at the 3rd level of the Megamall Fashion Hall. Founded in 1985 by Shigemi Kawahara, the internationally-renowned Ramen King, IPPUDO PH is the newest addition to other global stores in places such as New York, Singapore, Hong Kong, Taipei, Sydney, Malaysia and Thailand. Backed by a huge following around the world, recognitions from the top dogs in the culinary industry, and boasting […]
ROSANJIN is a casual Japanese restaurant at SM Mega Fashion Hall that specializes in Japanese bento sets. The restaurant was named after the famous Japanese potter Rosanjin Kitaoji. – – Rosanjin’s interior is simple and straight to the point. Wood and bamboo shoots with splashes of red color are visible in the place. The long wall covered with Mt. Fuji art is also the highlight of the restaurant. – – Most people think of sushi or ramen when they think of a Japanese food, but there is a lot more than that. Rosanjin’s menu consists of all-time Japanese favourite home cooking. There are plenty to choose from while in here. […]
Yakitori One restaurant is set up in the food court of SM Aura which is at the 4/F. The store is like an open-kitchen style wherein you can see how the yakitori is grilled. They only grill the yakitori once it is ordered. Choose from Takoyaki (Octopus balls Php 88), Arabiki (Sausage grits Php 70), Quail Egg Pork Wrap (Php 60), Karaage (Php 60), Chicken Skin (Php 30), Chicken Thighs (Php 60), Cut Steak (Php 60). They also have a special sauce that is made from Japan. It is usually cooked with the Yakitori rice. You can also add on miso soup (Php 30) or Shouga soup (ginger soup Php […]
Ganso-Shabuway is a shabu-shabu restaurant that has branches in Greenbelt, Alabang Town Center, Power Plant Mall in Rockwell and Shangri-la Plaza Mall. Since their opening in 2011, they have been loved by many. Last year, they increased their non-hotpot menus. A la carte menus for appetizers and rice bowls are now available! Primer introduces the lead role, shabu-shabu, as well as the non-hotpot menus! Meyer Natural Angus Beef (Regular-P595, USDA Choice Angus Beef Sukiyaki Set (P588) Their popular shabu-shabu set, Meyer Natural Angus Beef regular uses Natural Angus Beef from the US. The beef comes from cows that are fed with healthy and natural foods and not with the ones that have additives […]
A lot of people drive away all the way to Antipolo just to try some of Tamagoya’s ramen. The owner is Japanese and is a ramen lover. He runs Tamagoya together with his wife. Their ramen is really more affordable compared to others. One of the most ordered dish is the Stamina Ramen (P168). It’s miso-base and has plenty of vegetables.
Ukokkei Ramen opened in 2007 and it has become one of the most popular ramen joints in Metro Manila. The source of the delicious soup is a rare kind of chicken, the Ukokkei. A long time ago, it has been used in Chinese medicinal cooking because the nutrients were effective for stabilizing blood pressure, revitalizing the liver, and preventing aging and other stuff. Since the soup is stewed for 12 hours, it gives it the golden colour and makes it so flavorful. They serve three types of ramen: miso, soy sauce and salt which are all ordered from Japan.
Ramen Daisho‘s soup uses only high-quality ingredients. It is made with medicinal herbs used for cooking in China. The noodles are made in Japan. They have three types of noodles: chewy curly noodles, soft flat noodles, and the straight noodles, specifically Hakata-style noodles. One of the most popular ramen is the miso chasu ramen.
UPDATE: This restaurant is CLOSED as of May 30, 2019. The shop’s name is very playful. “Wrong Ramen” is not your typical ramen house. As a matter of fact, it dares to deviate from the standard Japanese-style ramen. However, they make their own ramen noodle using a machine made in Japan. The menu is also very playful and funny. They have names like “F.U. ramen” and the “Sea Men ramen”. The Communist (Php 395) Tonkotsu Rich (Php 380) Tantanmen (Php 395) Sea Men Ramen (Php 345) FU Ramen (Php 425)
Owned by the popular chef Him Uy de Baron, Nomama is a modern Japanese restaurant that focuses on artisanal ramen. Chef Him shared with us that Nomama is a word play of “not your mama’s” ramen. The signature dish Nomama Ramen is made with house pork stock, miso-sesame flavour, chashu and tamago. Nomama Ramen (P340) They also have the Thai Green Curry Ramen. It’s a noodle soup that harmoniously blends with curry coconut flavour. Thai Green Curry Ramen (P330) Nomama serves Japanese food which are made with the freshest products and organic ingredients that are sourced locally. The dishes are all exquisite and prepared creatively for their customers. Indeed, it’s […]
This is a café restaurant ran by a Japanese couple. Arafu Café serves tonkatsu that tastes very homey. It will remind you of a mother’s home cooked meal. Arufa Café has opened their first branch in Fort Bonifacio and has been the favourite place of Japanese housewives and expatriates because of the homey ambiance. They do not offer the usual Japanese food like sashimi or tempura but instead, they offer a variety of authentic Japanese cuisines. One of the most popular dish is the Hamburger Steak and Fried Chicken Dish. Another popular dish from the menu is the Tahara Hamburger. The beef is so tender and juicy. You have to […]
Go-en is one of the most popular ramen shops in Manila. From the classic soy sauce to miso soup, their dishes are, without a doubt, delicious and distinct. The most popular dish is the Tantanmen, a thick soup of white sesame with seasoned eggs that firmly floats on the soup. Fall in love with their chicken ramen Kara-age Kare topped with a generous amount of cheese. This joint does not only serve delectable ramen, but also has an eye-catching interior decorated with Japanese artworks and traditional toys such as kendama, daruma otoshi, koma (or tops in English), and yoyo. In addition, otakus will greatly appreciate Go-en’s manga rack, which has […]
The chicken version of Paitan Ramen. It is a great homemade noodle with a very condensed chicken flavor. Left: Paintan Zenbu no Se (P420) Right: Tantan Mien (P395) Kitchitora is a distinguished ramen restaurant that already has a number of regulars, mainly because of its homemade noodles that go well with its mouth-watering soup that is stewed for a whole day. Customers with a big appetite will be very much elated with Kitchitora’s because of its bountiful serving. Aside from ramen, this restaurant also serves a variety of great food such as fried rice, chicken karaage rice, and gyoza.