March 24, 2014

Oishinbou in Little Tokyo Reminds You of Japan’s Downtown Food District

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  • Meat, potatoes, burdock, and seaweed. These are just some of the food items you will see once you enter Little Tokyo’s Oishinbou Japanese Restaurant.

    Established in 2006, Oishinbou is a quaint Japanese pub that lets you enjoy great food in the courtyard for when you’d like cozy dining and drinking sessions in the heart of the Japanese food compound of Little Tokyo.

    IMAGE Oishinbou Japanese Restaurant corp.

    Similar to the authentic restaurants or pubs in Japan, Oishinbou will easily remind you of the lively downtown food hubs in Japan at night when all the red lanterns are lit up.

    This izakaya is known for its original and authentic recipes that will set the bar for your overall Japanese dining experience. One of their bestsellers is the Shrimp Tempura (Php 460) made with giant prawns covered in a crunchy coating that’s difficult to rival.

    Shrimp Tempura (Php 460)

    The Shrimp Tempura is made by a veteran cook which is why this dish is sometimes served with an oversized fan-looking tail that is actually made from fried Somen (noodle).

    Meanwhile, you may fancy ordering a plate of Yakitori (Php 1280, 18 sticks; Php 1620, 24 sticks), a perfect pair for your Japanese sake. It is available in sets of 18 and 24 sticks of different Yakitori flavors and variants or you can also order it individually.

    Yakitori (Php 1280, 18 sticks; Php 1620, 24 sticks)

    The (not so) secret recipe why this restaurant’s Yakitori is so flavorful is because of their homemade Yakitori sauce.

    You may also try their Tempura Udon (Php 380) for a hot and steamy meal this cold weather, or sample their nabemono-style Sukiyaki (Php 960) set for you and your friends.

    How to get here:

    • By car: If you are coming from Greenbelt 1, drive along Paseo de Roxas them make a right turn onto Arnaiz Avenue. Make another right turn onto Chino Roces Avenue. Little Tokyo is located at your right just across Herald Suites.
    • Oishinbou is inside Little Tokyo near Ramen Shimada.


    This first appeared in Philippine Primer’s Japanese (Vol. 136) and English (Vol. 41) magazines.
    Updated as of August 14, 2019

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