Japanese cuisine offers the perfect balance of flavors and textures that many Filipino foodies love. In recent years, we’ve seen a boom of Japanese restaurants popping around the Philippines, making choosing where to eat a real challenge.
Craving sushi, ramen, tempura, okonomiyaki, and other Japanese favorites? Do you live in Taguig, Makati, or Quezon City? Treat yourself to a sumptuous meal delivered straight to your home or get inspiration for your next home-cooked meal by checking out restos in Taguig, QC, and Makati that will leave you saying “arigatou gozaimasu”!
The ramen craze really hit the country hard, with so many ramen bars dishing out their own unique take of the heartwarming noodle dish in rich broth topped with sliced pork, nori, menma, scallions and more.
Mendokoro Ramenba in Makati prides itself on being a purist ramen restaurant, focusing the flavor on their broth. The ramen is best enjoyed freshly served in the cozy 21-seater bar in Makati, but the popular joint recently offered Take Home Ramen Kits to help diners beat their quarantine cravings at home. Each ramen kit comes in four flavors: Shio, Shoyu, Super Chashu, and TanTanMen. Other favorites including frozen gyoza and karaage are also available.
- Business name: Mendokoro Ramenba
- Address: Mendokoro Ramenba, Shop 18, V Corporate Center, Leviste Street, Salcedo Village, Makati City
- Contact number: (02) 8478 9625
- Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/mendokororamen/
- Map link: https://g.page/mendokoro_ramenba?share
Dohtonbori is the first and only authentic okonomiyaki restaurant in the Philippines. Usually described as Japanese pancakes, okonomiyaki literally means “grilled as you like it.” The iconic street food is typically made with seasoned flour, cabbage, various fresh meats and vegetables mixed together and cooked like a pancake.
Originating from Tokyo, the chain currently has several branches all over Japan, in Bangkok, Taipei and seven branches in the country, some of which continue to offer takeout and delivery.
Bestsellers include the Ultimate Cheese Okonomiyaki, Deluxe Okonomiyaki, Four-Cheese Pizza and premium yakiniku. They also offer Donburi meals, yakisoba, ramen, udon and other side dishes.
- Business name: Dohtonbori
- Address: 216 President Carlos P. Garcia Ave, Diliman, Quezon City, 1800 Metro Manila
- Contact number: (02) 8288 5270
- Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/dohtonboriph/
- Map link: https://goo.gl/maps/JJ8PY1618rTGgnwf7
Craving sushi? Soru Izakaya is a modern Japanese restaurant known for their creative versions of classic sushi. Bestsellers include their Kuro Dragon Maki, Shake Furai Maki, Oh Umi Maki, Nori Tempura, Saikoro Wagyu Cubes, Kushiyaki, Matcha Cheesecake, and Wasabi Cocktail.
They currently have four branches located in Burgos Circle, Salcedo Village, Tomas Morato, and Siktauna Village, with some branches still offering takeout and delivery.
- Business name: Soru Izakaya
- Address: Bellagio Condominium Complex, Taguig, Manila
- Contact number: 0917-6281604
- Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/soruizakaya/
- Map link: https://goo.gl/maps/cNVDa6AZ3xxrheTf9
While most Japanese restaurants tend to be on the expensive side for their portion sizes, it’s great to know there are a few joints that still offer affordable eats. Crazy Katsu was one of the first to start the whole katsu craze in the country, dishing out breaded and deep-fried pork and chicken cutlets served with unlimited rice and cabbage at budget-friendly prices.
Crazy Katsu’s menu is very focused, with just a few dishes like chicken katsu and tonkatsu served with shredded cabbage and japanese mayo, as well as katsu curry, gyoza and miso soup, but every dish is filling and easy on the pocket. They have several branches in BF Homes, Taft Avenue, Marikina and Maginhawa, some of which offer takeout and delivery via GrabFood.
- Business name: Crazy Katsu
- Address: #81 Unit I Maginhawa St., Teachers Village, Diliman, Maginhawa, Diliman, Quezon City
- Contact number: (02) 7799 2067
- Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/crazykatsu/
- Map link: https://goo.gl/maps/9KXdFa3tNCEJTWz66