February 18, 2024

Izakaya Kikufuji in Little Tokyo: Standing Strong Since ’95

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  • Updated as of December 6, 2023

    In today’s age when the country’s food scene has been filled up with new restaurants, it is quite interesting that there are old ones that still thrive—one of which is Izakaya Kikufuji.

    Located at the booming food center that is Little Tokyo in Makati, Izakaya Kikufuji, has remained steadfast, still bringing authentic traditional Japanese dining experience to more locals and tourists alike. The restaurant has been frequented by many foodies since it opened in 1995—may it be students, professionals, and local celebrities.

    IMAGE from Philippine Primer

    If you’re a first-timer and clueless about what to have on the table, here are some of the favorites that will surely capture your taste buds in an instant!

    The Spicy Soft-Shell Crab, for example, is one snack you should not skip especially for foodies who love seafood. Think of it as a regular crab but with a twist as it is deep-fried and infused with killer spiciness. Plus, it is very crunchy and best when paired with rice.

    Spicy Soft-Shell Crab (Php 395) / IMAGE from Philippine Primer

    On the first visit, one should also try the Kikufuji’s signature Special California Maki, a serving of large maki rolls topped with huge slabs of spicy tuna and mango.

    It also has generous healthy salmon roe toppings, which give a bit of briny savor, complementing the sweetness of the fruit. Indeed, this one is to die for!

    Special California Maki 

    Meanwhile, the Chirashi Don is what you should order for lunch. It is a hearty rice bowl with a variety of cuts of fish and vegetables, served with exquisite side dishes.

    Chirashi Don (Php 568) / IMAGE from Philippine Primer

    The Makunouchi Bento , on the other hand, has a grilled salmon that is well cooked and totally enhanced when dipped in its sauce.

    Makunouchi Bento (Php 420) / IMAGE from Philippine Primer

    Maximize your Japanese dining experience by trying their Tendon, a bowl of crisp tempura on top of rice, and drizzled with Kikufuji’s special dressing.

    Tendon (Php 275) / IMAGE from Philippine Primer

    The Katsu Curry and the Katsu Don, featuring deep-fried, breaded cutlets, will satisfy your meaty cravings as well. Their Japanese curry sauce is quite exceptional!

    Katsu Curry (Php 440) / IMAGE from Philippine Primer

    Katsudon (Php 265) / IMAGE from Philippine Primer

    The long-established restaurant has tatami rooms to bring a genuine Izakaya experience. Its simple, traditional interior exudes a relaxed and warm ambiance, making it ideal for groups.

    IMAGE from Philippine Primer

    IMAGE from Philippine Primer

    Certainly, Izakaya Kikufuji is a value-for-money and a go-to place for simple pleasures of true Japanese food. Despite being around for several years, the humble restaurant stays true to its established image, keeping the quality of the food it offers and displaying its welcoming nature.

    Visit Izakaya Kikufuji at Little Tokyo, Chino Roces Avenue, Makati City.  For reservations, you may call 02-8893-7319/02-8893-6131. 

    General Information

  • Little Tokyo, Chino Roces Avenue, Makati City
  • 02-8893-7319/02-8893-6131
  • 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m; 5:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
  • kikufuji_izakaya
  • Business Hours:

    Lunch: 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. (Last order at 1:30 p.m.)

    Dinner:
    Saturdays and Sundays: 5:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. (Last order at 10:00 p.m.)
    Monday to Friday: 5:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. (Last order at 10:30 p.m.)
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