FOOD Restaurants in the Philippines
Hama is a Japanese restaurant that opened 5 years ago. It is loved by both the locals and tourists. Customers can definitely taste the appetizing Japanese cuisine from the meticulous preparation of Hama’s veteran chefs. When you eat dishes like their ramen (P340), sukiyaki (P420) and Shitake mushrooms and Shrimp Tempura (P595), you will feel like you have just eaten in Japan. If you want to go on a vacation on the south island and feel the wind in Japan, please come and visit Hama.
Seiji is an authentic Japanese restaurant that opened in March 2012. Customers can taste the delicate, ornate, and original French dishes cooked by Chef Seiji Kamura. Their Eel and Foie Gras Salad (P685) is this restaurant’s featured dish. Customers can also enjoy eating the Crispy Rani and Pomelo Salad (P295), which has pomelo, mango, Mizuna lettuce, and original Sesame dressing. This restaurant uses fresh ingredients for its dishes. To be able to do that, Seiji orders its vegetables, fruits, meat, and fish from Japan 3 times a week.
Watami has 700 branches all over Asia. Last year, 2 other restaurants opened in MOA and Glorietta 1. This restaurant’s concept is to make customers feel as if they are in their tables at home. In addition, Watami offers dishes that you can order from an ‘izakaya’ (tavern). Yakitori, Steamed Egg Custard, and Cocktail Tofu (P95) are just some of them. If your tummy is still not pleased, try drinking Watami’s coffee (P85) after your meal. This will surely satisfy your taste. The interior of this shop is actually more refined compared to the one in Japan.
Kotono is an authentic Japanese restaurant that is located in the first floor of Makati Cinema next to Little Tokyo. It offers its customers numerous dishes that are made from high-quality ingredients ordered from France. Their Duck Meat Stew Steamed in Bamboo (photo 1) is Kotono’s pride because of its uniquely, rich flavors. The restaurant’s seafood cuisine such as sashimi and deep fried oysters are the dishes to be eaten while drinking. This restaurant also offers a variety of Japanese liquor including Kubota, Hakkaisan, and Urakasumi. It also serves a wide number of shochu such as Nikaido Kicchom. If you plan on having a banquet for 10 or more people, […]
Tanabe is a Japanese restaurant that has branches in MOA and Malate. Mr. Honda, the chef who handles the branch in MOA, has been a sushi chef in a first-class hotel in Thailand and Tokyo for more than 40 years. This restaurant’s high quality sashimi has 8 varieties of raw fishes (photo 1) and is good for 2 servings. Tanabe also offers the appetizing shrimp tempura with vegetables (photo 2) and the perfect drinking snack, asparagus wrapped in bacon (photo 3).
Yabu is a restaurant that offers tonkatsu with very crunchy coating and soft meat. You can eat this without adding any condiments! If you are craving for a bowl of rice, fried pork cutlet and curry, then come and visit Yabu! This restaurant has a Japanese chef that supervises the dishes that are being served, maintaining a high-level quality to its food. Berkshire Pig (Black Pig) Premium Set is a dish with a crispy coating, chewy and soft texture, and rich gravy. This food is certainly like its name suggests. Yabu’s Katsudon will make you feel that you’re in Japan just by eating a grain of its rice. Hiroshima’s Deep Fried Oysters (P450) is […]
With reasonable prices, you can enjoy authentic Japanese food in Yaku Japanese Grill. Since this restaurant bears the name ‘Yaku,’ its signature menu is skewers grilled in charcoa The chicken skin (P69/3 skewers) and grilled chicken with onions (P105/3 skewers) are very fragrant and tasty. The shrimp and vegetable fritter soba or Kakiage soba (P249) is our editor-in-chief’s favorite dish. On the other hand, the sea urchin and tuna maki (P99 each) are served in big amounts, so it can surely make your stomach full. You can also order rice to eat with your skewers and there is an also free refill for Japanese green tea.
Because of Yushoken, Filipinos could finally taste the ramen that has adopted the cooking style and footsteps of ‘Higashi-Ikebukuro Taishoken,’ the legendary pioneer of the ramen craze in Japan. This ramen joint is firing up the ramen fever in Manila even more. Yushoken was already visited by numerous Japanese who are originally familiar with this kind of cuisine. They are fond of this restaurant now. For them to maintain its authentic flavours, Yushoken has a Japanese chef that was trained by the successor of Yamagishi-san (aka the ‘Ramen God’). Yushoken uses a pork bone soup base for its ramen. This restaurant sticks to homemade noodles to be able to exactly […]
Pepper Lunch is as popular in Manila as it is in Japan. A lot of customers line up at the stores every day. Pepper Lunch’s very juicy meat is cooked on a hot plate and is served with great speed without losing its quality. Its aroma is simply irresistible. Beef Pepper Rice, the restaurant’s bestselling dish, uses beef from New Zealand. Beef Sukiyaki with Udon has soft meat with teriyaki sauce and soft-boiled egg. Pepper Lunch strongly recommends that customers try this dish. Get 15% discount when you use your JCB card at Pepper Lunch. More info here. PEPPER LUNCH RESTAURANTS: 1) Power Plant, Rockwell Center 2) Shangri-La Plaza Mall […]
UPDATED as of January 15, 2019: This restaurant is CLOSED. Wafu is a Japanese restaurant that is prominent in Greenhills. Its chef studied Japanese-style dishes in Shibuya, Tokyo, which is why this restaurant can offer authentic Japanese cuisine. Wafu is very spacious. It can accommodate about 250 people. This restaurant also has a unique, impressive Lotus-shaped partition. Wafu’s wall is decorated with bottles of Japanese Sake, Shochu, and Awamori (photo 4), giving a Japanese atmosphere throughout the place. The Sushi Counter, on the other hand, has 9 seats and located on the first floor, while the 7 Teppanyaki tables are on the second floor. To keep the customers interested and […]
Kimpura is a traditional Japanese restaurant that has been in the business for 42 years and has set up 2 more stores in Metro Manila. Its branch in Greenhills is on its 25th year already. Classic Japanese Sukiyaki (PHP680) Nigiri Sushi (PHP675) A skilled Japanese chef visits the restaurant every day in order to maintain the quality of the dishes. To make the ambiance more Japanese, customers are greeted by waitresses dressed in kimono. The restaurant’s interior is very spacious and its sushi and tempura counters have 10 seats each. To meet the various needs of the customers in terms of space, Kimpura has 8 teppanyaki tables and 6 private […]
Rikuseki An is a Japanese restaurant recommended for those people who want to taste authentic Japanese food with a calm ambiance. Salmon Roe Ranging from ingredients, seasoning, rice, and oil, Rikuseki gets all of their materials from Japan in order to recreate the taste of genuine Japanese food. Sashimi The restaurant’s bowl of fresh salmon roe is bountiful, while its sashimi, which consists of 5 varieties, is presented in a colorful way. Customers will definitely enjoy looking at its beautiful dishes done by a skilled Japanese chef. The quality of these dishes are truly Japanese. Another really popular dish is the beef Curry (Php390) which is stewed slowly. Lunch deals […]
Update: Toki is now permanently closed, effective May 16, 2017. Even though you are in the Philippines, Toki can make you feel like you are in Japan. Just by entering this restaurant, you will feel relieved because of its soothing ambiance and the staffs that greet you “Irasshaimase” (welcome). The restaurant’s colourful meals, with delicate taste, are prepared by a master chef with 20 years experience. Every day, the chef goes to the market and purchase ingredients by himself to thoroughly check them. If you want to feel the 4 seasons of Japan in the southern Philippines, try out the 5 prime appetizers that have seasonal ingredients (photo 1). Each dish […]
After an exhausting day, there are times when you will feel like enjoying a bottle of beer with your friends. If you want to go to a pub with a relaxing Japanese atmosphere, please come to Tonchaya! There are many high class Japanese restaurants in Fort Bonifacio. However, Tonchaya offers a different approach. This restaurant has a casual theme, creating a comfortable ambiance that will make customers stay longer. Tonchaya has a wide variety of Japanese food which will make you seem like a little child in a candy store, overwhelmed with a lot of choices. The tempura, sukiyaki, a bowl of rice, and ramen are just some of the […]
Yoshinoya, a restaurant that serves beef bowls, was established in Manila in 2002. As of this moment, there are 7 branches in the Philippines that are flocked by countless of customers. This restaurant takes pride in its secret sauce that is full of flavour. Yoshinoya has preserved its traditional cooking style for years, and because of its exquisite beef bowls, Yoshinoya is now loved by the world. You’ll be satisfied by Yoshinoya’s beef bowl in the Philippines. It is recommended that you come here with your friends.
If you are looking for a place where you could eat affordable Italian cuisine, with a casual setting, why not go to Grappa’s? This restaurant is located on the second floor of Greenbelt 3. Thanks to Grappa’s Filipino staffs, not only customers can enjoy good food, they can also enjoy a hospitable and fun atmosphere. Furthermore, it also has a bar counter where you can enjoy a generous amount of Italian wine. Pizza is this restaurant’s recommended dish, which you can actually witness being prepared by the chef in the open kitchen. Peperonata is a pizza that has cheese, green peppers, salami, etc, and once you eat this pizza, you’ll […]
Italianni already has 8 stores in Metro Manila and the popular branches of it are located in major shopping malls, which are patronized by local Filipinos. This vibrant restaurant serves dishes with great quantity that is perfect for group meals. Pizza and Pasta is Italianni’s main dish, plus, Primer recommends that customers should try out its salad. Italianni uses fruits, which are simply unique and can be found in the Philippines, for its dressing. Mango and pomelo (a kind of citrus fruit) are some of those fruits. In addition, if it’s your or your friend’s birthday, why not celebrate it in here so you could hear a special birthday song […]
In the luxurious 5-star hotel Dusit Thani, Makati, you can find Tosca, an Italian restaurant named after the famous opera of Giacomo Puccini that was screened during the early 1900’s in Italy. Tosca has an elegant interior that is designed by award-winning decorators. This restaurant exudes a warm and friendly atmosphere that you will surely love, along with its authentic Italian food and wine. Since Tosca has some private rooms, business meals and special events can be held in here.
Paparazzi is an Italian restaurant located on the 2nd floor of EDSA Shangri- La Hotel. This restaurant always uses fresh ingredients and has a modern interior. Its Lunch Set Menu is affordable so it is highly recommended! In addition, Paparazzi’s pasta can be cooked according to the customer’s preference, so, if ever you want to try out its pasta, feel free to talk to the waiters.
Pepato Cibo di M is located in Greenbelt 2. It is a restaurant that has a new, unique Italian style and visited by a lot of western customers. Its name PEPATO means “pepper” and “exciting” in Italian. As its name suggests, Pepato serves food that is always surprising. Papardelle Onion Cream with Red Eggs (P350) is a rich pasta dish with white sauce. What’s more, the saltiness of the red eggs intensifies the taste of the white sauce. The ‘jumbo clam’ called Angel Wings (P395) is just simply grilled and has a moderate salty flavor. Chilean Seabass La Sorpressa (P800), on the other hand, is this restaurant’s recommended main dish. This […]
Feel free to enjoy this restaurant’s Italian cuisine. For starters, you can enjoy its Cold Cutlet, Pumpkin Soup and Salad, then for the main course, try out Bravo’s Pizza and Pasta that will surely deliver the taste of Italy to you. Also, to further enjoy your elegant meal, why not drink a glass of wine with it. Margarita Pizza (Small, P160/ Large, P270) is Bravo’s best dish. It has tomato, mozzarella, parmesan cheese, and oregano. The appetizing Spaghetti Gamberri (2- 3 people per serving, P335/ P635) is a meal with plenty of shrimps, tomatoes, and garlic.
Whenever we hear the word ‘steakhouse,’ we tend to imagine an American atmosphere. However, in Makati, there is a chic, Italian-style steakhouse named Bistecca. It offers rib-eye and T-bone steaks along with appetizers and pasta. The tender and flavorful 1-kg red meat steak that Bistecca offers can be enjoyed by 2 to 3 persons. This restaurant also offers a wide variety of wines which is Php 1,000 per bottle.
Ill Gallo Nero serves homemade pizza that uses plenty of bacon and cheese which are even ordered from Italy and baked in a stone oven. The pasta is also a must-try because it’s one of the favorites of the regulars in here. Moreover, the fresh air in Tagaytay even makes the Ill Gallo Nero’s food more delicious. Pipo, the owner of this restaurant, has been living in Tagaytay for 7 years. Together with his wife, he is also managing a farm in the Alphonse Hotel where you can also do horse-back riding.