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65 posts categorized "[Food] Cuisine: JAPANESE Food in Manila"

December 03, 2014

12/10 December Love Affair! a hip Izakaya Joint by @thegirl_thebull (a review)

As featured in MAKATI: 10 Most Awesome NEW Restaurants in Makati 2014! @MakeItMakati 

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12/10 is a Japanese restaurant by Thea de Rivera and Gab Bustos, also known as The Girl + The Bull. The name of their second restaurant is a tribute to their anniversary date. The restaurant is an izakaya-inspired drinking joint featuring a customize-your-own degustation.

It's like the younger, hip brother of Mecha Uma--another "graduate" of the BF Aguirre Food Street-- offering contemporary Japanese cuisine to a mainstream foodie audience in the metro.

Went on a date with Rache plus the boys at 12/10, and here's what we think it...

12/10 Izakaya Japanese Restaurant
7635 Guijo St., San Antonio Village, Makati
Operating hours: Monday to Saturday, 5.00pm to 11.00pm
Telephone: +63 915 663 2823
Email: hello@twelveten.ph
Facebook12/10 Restaurant

Related Blog Post:  THE GIRL + THE BULL: Aguirre's Best Kept Secret Resto No More :) @thegirl_thebull

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October 22, 2014

MECHA UMA: "Absurdly Delicious" Food by Chef Bruce Ricketts!

As featured in BEST OF TAGUIG: 10 Most Awesome NEW Restaurants in BGC & Taguig 2014!

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MECHA UMA is a Chef-Driven Restaurant by Chef Bruce Ricketts of Sensei Sushi fame. The name is a Japanese expression for absurdly delicious food.

They serve predominantly Japanese food but are not limited to it. Foodies have raved about the Tasting Menu served Omakase-style (but is still dependent on the chef and what's freshly available that day). They also serve an a la carte menu of the best dishes featured in the Tasting Menu.

We tried Mecha Uma's a la carte menu with our Mercato Partners and here's our experience...

G/F RCBC Savings Bank Corporate Center,
25th Streets, cor. 6th and 7th Avenue,
Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City, Philippines
(beside Starbucks Coffee) 
Telephone: +632 801-2770
Mobile: +63 917 544-3226

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September 26, 2014

ST. MARC CAFÉ PHILIPPINES: Choco Cro + Classic Fuji + Matcha Latte @SMMegaMall

Featured as MEGA FASHION HALL: 10 BEST New Restaurants @SMMegaMall in 2014!

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ST. MARC CAFÉ is a specialty Japanese dessert café best known for its signature chocolate croissant, the Choco Cro. Thanks to Ben Chan for bringing this popular Japanese franchise to the Philippines. 

Here's what to expect and what to order at ST. MARC CAFÉ Philippines...

Upper Ground Floor, Mega Fashion Hall, SM Megamall, EDSA, Mandaluyong City
FacebookSaint Marc Café Philippines

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September 24, 2014

ERI CURRY: Customize-Your-Own Curry by Chef Erica @Eri_Curry @SMMegaMall

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ERI CURRY is a local Japanese curry brand concept by Chef Erica, a Filipina Chef who grew up in Japan and is very passionate about Japanese food. Its name means Goddess of Curry, and is also unofficially inspired by the name of the chef.

The Japanese Curry craze is still not taking off in Manila because of its strong curry flavor that Filipinos aren't familiar with. Eri Curry aims to address this by having a sweeter, more Filipinized curry flavor, a Customize-Your-Own Curry option, and a Chef/Model to promote the brand. 

Here's our Eri Curry experience...

3rd Floor, SM Megamall Atrium, Mandaluyong City
Operating Hours: 10.00am to 10.00pm
Mobile: +63 927 554-6194
Telephone: +632 531-5033
Email: eri.curry@yahoo.com
FacebookEri Curry

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September 09, 2014

IPPUDO Philippines: #WorldFamousRamen Now in Manila! (What to Expect @IppudoPH?)

Featured as MEGA FASHION HALL: 10 BEST New Restaurants @SMMegaMall in 2014!

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IPPUDO is the most popular Hakata-style Tonkotsu (pork-based) ramen in the world. It was founded in 1985 by Ramen King Shigemi Kawahara in Fukuoka City, Kyushu

Its name literally means "One Wind Hall" and is symbolic for the restaurant's going against the wind and revolutionizing the ramen era of the time. It was the first shop to offer ramen in a carefully crafted setting, so that both men and women can enjoy an elegant bowl of noodle soup. It was also the first to refer to its broth by colour Shiro (white) for the classic and Aka (red) for spicy.

After months of waiting, Ippudo Philippines has finally opened to complete the Ramen Craze in Manila. :)

Here's what to expect from the Ippudo experience in Manila (in comparison to Ippudo Singapore)...

3F Mega Fashion Hall, SM Megamall, Ortigas Center, Mandaluyong City
Telephone: +632 470-1837
Operating Hours: Open Daily 10.00am to 10.00pm
FacebookIppudo Philippines

Note: Strictly No Reservations Accepted, No Take Out

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April 23, 2014

MANILA'S BEST JAPANESE RESTAURANTS according to a Japanese Foodie! @Visit_Japan

I asked my long time Japanese foodie friend Atsushi to guest post and write about his favorite Japanese restaurant in Manila. Enjoy this educational post about Japanese food in Manila!

(image credit: Sepavo)

Being a Japanese living in the Philippines, the most frequently asked question is "Where's the best Japanese restaurant".

As it sounds like an easy question, it's a very difficult one. Because Japanese cuisine is very diverse.

We have the authentic Japanese dishes like Sushi, Sashimi, Tempura, Udon and Soba noodles as well as dishes originated from other countries that we made it our own such as Tonkatsu, Curry, Ramen, Spaghetti and the likes.

In Japan, most restaurants carry a specialty. Meaning, you don't find Sushi in a Ramen house, just like you don't find Tempura in a Curry house. They're considered a totally different genre that doesn't mix. The preparation is different and the equipment required in the kitchen are different. Thus, the chef is trained differently.

There are, in fact, restaurants that offer most of what you call Japanese dishes. But in Japan, they are mostly canteens, diner or eateries that do not specialize in any particular genre. Most of these restaurants are either run by a family or a company that prepares everything in the central kitchen, pre-cooked and instantly prepared.

And in many restaurants that call themselves a "Japanese restaurant" outside Japan, offers mostly everything. This is to cater all customers who look for Japanese dishes.

I am in no way against them. But, as a consumer who are new to Japanese cuisine, I must suggest that it is important to understand the true essence of Japanese dishes and how it is really prepared to enjoy them.

For example, preparation of Ramen starts by making the soup broth that takes more than half a day. The noodles alone are prepared from a different mixture of fine ingredients. Not to mention the thickness and hardness of the noodles, which are made different for specific soup base.

People get attracted to the word "authentic". But what is an authentic Japanese restaurant? If I'd mention my opinion, a real authentic Japanese restaurant (or any other cuisine in that matter) wouldn't call themselves "authentic". When I call the restaurant "authentic", that means the menu and its recipe are created by a Japanese chef, properly trained by a master. In most of these restaurants, you will see a Japanese staff in the kitchen and/or in the service area. They are there to keep control of the food they prepare for you and to maintain the Japanese standard of service.

Here are my suggestions according to category. Because Japanese food is so diverse, it's not easy to pick a few and say they're the "best". So I hope you read through just as I suggest.

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March 10, 2014

OSAKA OHSHO Philippines: How Does the World's #1 Gyoza Taste Like? @SMMegaMall

Featured as MEGA FASHION HALL: 10 BEST New Restaurants @SMMegaMall in 2014!


OSAKA OHSHO is a Japanese chain established in 1969. They have branches in Japan, Singapore, Thailand, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Korea and now in the Philippines, courtesy of the Relish-Group, known for bringing in the Wee Nam Kee franchise to Manila.

I like how the Manila restaurant scene is shifting towards specializing. Most restaurants now are known for that one dish or a certain specialty cuisine. 

So how does the #1 Gyoza in the World taste like?  Here's our Osaka Ohsho experience...

3/F Fashion Mall, SM Megamall Bldg. D
Telephone: +632 631-7074 
Mobile: +63 917 828-5011
FacebookOsaka Ohsho Philippines

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February 21, 2014

TONKATSU WARS: The Battle for the Best Tonkatsu in Manila in 2014!

The Battle for the Best Tonkatsu is heating up in Manila! Here are our favorites so far in 2014...


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KATSU SORA is the premium Katsu restaurant of the Hokkaido Ramen Santouka Group, offering 4 kinds of premium pork tonkatsu -- Spanish IbericoJapanese KurobutaSpanish Shimofuri, and Canadian Sakura Pork.

Also, what makes the Katsu Sora experience unique is the introduction of the Buffet Bar of Salad, Japanese Rice, and Japanese Miso Soup

"Sora" means "sky", and the name stands for their promise to bring you to Katsu heaven. :)

The concept is similar to Tokyo's Butagami, where they offer the widest variety of premium pork for your Tonkatsu pleaure.

Here's our Katsu Sora experience...
KATSU SORA's Premium Iberico Tonkatsu & RAMEN SANTOUKA's Shin-Aji Motsu Ramen!


We love KATSU SORA's Iberico Pork Tonkatsu Set served with a Juugukokumai Rice (healthy 15-grain Japanese Rice) and their Buffet Bar of Japanese Salad, Japanese Rice, and Japanese Miso Soup. Some diners still prefer the Kurobuta because of its tenderness and more marbling of fat. Budget is P700/head.

The resto is just a bit cramp, with narrow aisleways and high traffic at the buffet bar during the peak hours. Make sure to reserve in advance to get a seat.

For ramen lovers, hop on to HOKKAIDO RAMEN SANTOUKA and order the Shin-Aji Motsu Ramen to complete your Japanese dining experience. :)

2/F Greenhills Promenade, San Juan, Philippines
Mobile: +63 915 874-1990
FacebookKatsu Sora

Operating Hours
Monday to Thursday 11.00am - 11.00pm
Friday and Saturday: 11.00am - 11.30pm
Sunday and Holidays: 11.00am - 11.00pm 

Last call for orders: 30 minutes before closing time


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