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Tendon Kohaku: Eating Tempura in Manila will never be the same after this

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Tendon Kohaku is a specialty tempura rice bowl concept that started the recent craze in Singapore with over hour-long queues.

Tendon, of course, is the concatenated word from Tenpura (tempura) and Donburi (rice bowl dish) referring to different tempura served over rice in a bowl, while Kohaku means "amber" in Japanese, which is representative of the color of the tempura (crispy golden exterior + our amber colored sauce).

The concept was founded by Japanese restaurant group Kings Know Inc. with presence in Japan, Singapore, Taiwan, and now in Manila. The Philippine franchise is by the UCC group of Hubert Young, responsible for the successful opening of Coco Ichibanya Curry and Mitsuyado Sei-men Tsukumen in Manila.

Eating tempura in Manila will never be the same after you've tried this!

 

TENDON KOHAKU MANILA
3/F Uptown Mall, 36th Street Corner 9th Avenue, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig
Operating Hours
Sunday-Thursdays: 11.00 AM – 10.00 PM, Friday – Saturday: 11.00 AM – 11.00 PM
Facebook: @tendonkohaku
Telephone: +632 838-2476

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TSUTA RAMEN MANILA: Is it better than Ramen Nagi or Ippudo?

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The first Michelin-starred Ramen in Tokyo by Master Chef Onishi Yuki has finally opened its doors in the Philippines!

Tsuta originated from Chef Yuki’s ancestral family name and from the strong belief that Ramen is the “noodles of which Japan can boast to the world.” He actually prefers to use the term Soba, which literally means “Japanese Noodles,” instead of Ramen, which is from the Chinese word Lamian (拉麵 noodles). This does not refer to our common understanding of soba as the fat buckwheat noodles.

Some Filipinos think it’s already too late for Tsuta’s entry into the Ramen Game in Manila. While this may be true for ho-hum quality ramen, it’s never too late for high-quality ones like Tsuta, as proven by its successful launch in mature ramen markets like Singapore, Hong Kong, and Taiwan.

So, is Tsuta better than Ramen Nagi or Ippudo? Read on to find out.

TSUTA MANILA
UG/F C3 Bonifacio High Street Central, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig
Operating Hours: Open Daily 11:30 AM until supplies last.
Facebook: Tsuta Philippines
Instagram: @TsutaPhilippines

Related blog post: TSUTA: The First Michelin Star Ramen that totally deserves it.

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TSUTA: The First Michelin Star Ramen that totally deserves it.

Read first: TSUTA RAMEN MANILA: Is it better than Ramen Nagi or Ippudo?  https://awesm.pl/tsutaramenmanila

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Tsuta Japanese Soba Noodles was the first Ramen Restaurant to ever win a Michelin Star in 2015.  

Master Chef and Owner Onishi Yuki opened Tsuta in Sugamo, Tokyo back in January 2012 to rave reviews, having won multiple awards and praises from ramen lovers across Japan. In 2015, it was awarded a prestigious Michelin Star, the first for a ramen restaurant at the time. 

Tsuta is known for its clear broth ramen, which is much lighter and clean-tasting on the palate than the more popular Tonkotsu-style–a rich and almost thick style of pork broth.  

Its success comes from Chef Onishi's dedication to quality and consistency, and his willingness to break with tradition by utilizing western ingredients such as black truffle and olives. The combination has proven successful, and ramen lovers from all over have shown their appreciation of it.    

TSUTA JAPANESE SOBA NOODLES
Tang Lung St, 18號V Point 地下 2 號 舖
Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
Open: 11:30am–8pm Daily
Telephone: +852 3188 2639

Related Blog Post: TSUTA RAMEN MANILA: Is it better than Ramen Nagi or Ippudo?

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MARUGAME UDON & TEMPURA MANILA: Is The Udon Craze Here?

Marugame Udon Manila (also known as Marugame Seimen in Japan) is a popular udon chain known for their freshly made Sanuki-style udon and crispy fried tempura that’s very hearty and affordable!

The undisputed udon chain king in Japan has over 1000 stores and was named after Marugame, a city in Kagawa Prefecture known to have the best of these thick wheat flour noodles.

Now open in Bonifacio Global City thanks to the Ben Chan Group, the self-service, canteen-style restaurant offers customers a front row seat to their open kitchen. Watch as the trained staff knead, cut, boil, and serve the noodles right in front of you, and have the option of customizing and adding toppings to your dishes.

Here’s what to expect from Marugame Udon…

Marugame Udon & Tempura
Building 7, Bonifacio High Street, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City
Facebook: marugameph

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OGETSU HIME: Elevating the Authentic Japanese Experience @SMMegaMall

by Monique Tendencia

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Ogetsu Hime aims to offer only the best authentic Japanese dishes in the Metro. They import the freshest catch regularly from Tsukiji Market, and the world’s rarest Matsusaka beef is given the treatment and attention it deserves.

For the longest time, Ogetsu Hime has had its lone branch in SM Aura. Now, they have finally opened their doors in SM Megamall to serve the Ortigas crowd.

Here’s what to expect and what we think about Ogetsu Hime…

OGETSU HIME
3F, Mega Fashion Hall
Telephone: +632 470-8241, 637-7510 
Mobile: +63 917 576 2377 
Instagram: @ogetsuhime
Facebook: OgetsuHime
Operating Hours:
Mon – Fri Lunch is 11 am- 3pm
Mon-Fri Dinner is 5 pm – 9:45 pm
Sat & Sun - 11 am up to 9:45 pm

Related Blog Post: OGETSU HIME: "Goddess of Food": Japanese A la Carte Dining by the Villavicencio's 

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CHAYA: Still the Best Japanese Restaurant in Baguio! (Revisited 2016)

By Abigail Javellana

Baguio: Chaya

Chaya is our go-to place for Japanese food in Baguio. Owned by a Josef Moselina and his Japanese wife Sonoko Taguchi, the homey resto would make anyone skeptical to find delicious, authentic Japanese dishes being served in such a typical cottage home.

This should be no surprise, however, as the wife's cooking experience comes from growing up in her grandma and aunt's restaurant in Japan.

Here's what we liked from our revisit to Chaya…

CHAYA BAGUIO
72 Legarda Road, Baguio City
Telephone: +(63 74) 424-4726
Mobile: +63 915 9054820
Email: greenchayabaguio@gmail.com
Facebook: Chaya Baguio
Website: www.chayarestaurant.com
Operating Hours: 11.00 am – 9.00 pm, daily  

 

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MAISEN: Finest Tonkatsu Restaurant in Tokyo now in Manila! @BenchTM

Related post: 10 Most Awesome New (Franchised) Restaurants in Manila 2015! 

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MAISEN is one of the finest Tonkatsu restaurants in Tokyo founded by a Japanese housewife, Mrs. Koide, in 1965 and later on bought by Suntory Holdings Limited of Yamazaki and Hibiki whisky fame. Its name is a coined word, which means “go for it”.

Check out our feature of the Maisen Aoyoma flagship store in Omotesando, Tokyo early this year:
The MAISEN Tonkatsu Difference: Different Shades of Pork (Soon in Manila!) @BenchTM

Ben Chan’s Group (Suyen Corporation) will finally open the beloved Maisen franchise in Manila!

Here’s what to expect and what to order at Maisen Philippines… 

MAISEN TONKATSU PHILIPPINES
G/f Greenbelt 5 (in the middle of Lorenzo’s Way and Torch)
FacebookMAISEN

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The MAISEN Tonkatsu Difference: Different Shades of Pork (Now Open in Manila!) @BenchTM

Update 8/8/2015: MAISEN: Finest Tonkatsu Restaurant in Tokyo now in Manila! (Now Open) @BenchTM  

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MAISEN is one of the finest Tonkatsu restaurants in Tokyo, with its flagship store in the Aoyoma, Shibuya area. Its name is a coined word, which means "go for it".

It was founded in 1965 by a Japanese housewife Mrs. Koide, and was later on bought by Suntory Holdings Limited of Yamazaki and Hibiki whisky fame. Ben Chan's Group (Suyen Corporation) is finally bringing the Maisen franchise to Manila mid-2015!

MAISEN AOYOMA Flagship Store
Tokyo-to 4-8-5 Jingumae Shibuya City
Operating Hours: 11.00am to 10.45pm (last call 10.00)
Telephone: +81 0120-428-485
FacebookMaisen and Aoyama main store
Websitehttp://mai-sen.com/

Here's what to expect and why foodies are excited for the opening of Maisen in Manila… 

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MARUGAME SEIMEN: Best Udon & Tempura Self-Service Dining in Tokyo (Soon in Manila)!

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MARUGAME SEIMEN is a self-service dining styled Udon & Tempura Japanese resto that specializes in piping hot Sanuki Udon and freshly fried tempura. They opened their first shop in 2000 and is now the undisputed udon chain king in Japan.

It is named after the city known for the Best Udon, in Kagawa Prefecture in Japan. It's called seimen because the noodles are freshly made in the store.

Thanks to the Ben Chan group, Marugame Seimen will open its doors in Manila before the year ends. 

Here is why Marugame Seimen will create an Udon & Tempura craze in the metro…

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COCO ICHIBANYA: #1 Japanese Curry House in the World…Now in Manila! @CoCoIchibanyaPH

Related post: 10 Most Awesome New (Franchised) Restaurants in Manila 2015! 

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Curry House CoCo Ichibanya holds the Guinness World Record for the largest curry restaurant chain in the world–with over 1,400 stores. 

The first store in Manila finally opened at Basement 1 of Estancia Mall, franchised by Hubert Young of UCC Philippines and Mitsuyado Sei-men fame.

Here's a guide on how to enjoy your CoCo Ichibanya Curry experience in Manila…

COCO ICHIBANYA PHILIPPINES
B-006, Estancia Mall, Capitol Commons, Meralco Ave. Cor. Shaw Blvd, Pasig City
Facebook: CoCo Icibanyan PH
Instagram: cocoichibanyaPH
Email: cocoichibanyaph.customercare@gmail.com
Telephone: +632 696-1649
Websitehttp://www.ichibanya.co.jp/english/

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