October 10, 2017

Aozora Japanese Restaurant in Tagaytay: Pioneer of Authentic Japanese Cuisine in the City

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  • Updated as of December 10, 2019

    Known for being the first to offer authentic Japanese cuisine in Tagaytay City, Aozora Japanese Restaurant, located along the Tagaytay-Calamba Road, first opened its doors in 2015 as Aozora Japanese Cafe + Bistro.

    At present, the restaurant currently has five branches across Tagaytay. 

    The name “Aozora” translates to “blue sky” and was inspired by Tagaytay’s beautiful blue sky.

    The restaurant serves a variety of Japanese dishes that are carefully crafted by Chef Seiji Kamura, Aozora’s head chef. Their menu includes Japanese favorites including Beef Gyudon (Php 320). This well-loved dish is comprised of succulent beef, onion, eggs, and rice.

    Beef Gyudon (Php 320)

    Another foodie favorite that you can find at Aozora is Chicken Karaage (Php 290). This juicy dish is everything that everyone loves about fried chicken but with a Japanese touch.

    It is also worth mentioning that this particular dish is famous among kids, making Aozora an ideal place for families to dine as there will be something for the little ones as well.

    Chicken Karaage (Php 290)

    If you are looking for a filling meal that will fuel you for the day ahead, consider sampling their Bento Box (Php 595). This dish, complete with rice, salad, and your main dish, will surely be a filling meal.

    Bento Box (Php 595)

    A dish that is worth noting is the Aozora Bulalo Ramen (Php 320). This ramen is a unique twist to Bulalo—a Filipino dish that Tagaytay is known for.

    The dish is a good mix of Japanese and Filipino flavors that represents traditional ramen techniques and the Filipino palate.

    Aozora Bulalo Ramen (Php 320)

    If you are in Tagaytay and craving Japanese food, you can never go wrong with Aozora Japanese Restaurant!

    How to get here

    • Aozora Japanese Restaurant is located along the Tagaytay-Calamba Rd., approximately 8 minutes away from Olivarez Plaza, Emilio Aguinaldo Highway.
    • By car: From Olivarez Plaza, head south towards the Tagaytay Rotonda and continue onto the Tagaytay-Calamba Road. Along the way, you’ll pass by Discovery Country Suites Tagaytay, Carlos Pizza, and Sola Garden Villas. Aozora Japanese Restaurant is on the right side of the road, adjacent to the Tagaytay Southridge Estates.

    A version of this appeared in Philippine Primer Japanese and English September 2017 and December 2019 issues.
    Images courtesy of Aozora Japanese Restaurant

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