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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!

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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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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!

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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…

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

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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…

1. KATSU SORA

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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!

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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. 🙂

KATSU SORA
2/F Greenhills Promenade, San Juan, Philippines
Mobile: +63 915 874-1990
FacebookKatsu Sora
Twitter@KatsuSora2012

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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KIMUKATSU: 25-layered Mille-feuille-style Tonkatsu :)

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KIMUKATSU is a Japanese Katsu franchise specializing in a 25-layered select pork cutlet Mille-feuille-style Tonkatsu. Manila is the 5th international restaurant after a branch in Hawaii, 2 branches in LA, California, and one in Seoul, South Korea. In Japan, Kimukatsu has 19 branches.

Looks like the Tonkatsu War is heating up in Manila. Here’s our Kimu Katsu experience…

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KATSU SORA’s Premium Iberico Tonkatsu & RAMEN SANTOUKA’s Shin-Aji Motsu Ramen!

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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 Iberico, Japanese Kurobuta, Spanish 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…

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KICHITORA: Paitan Ramen Zenbu no Se and Tan Tan Mien! @KichitoraPH

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KICHITORA is a ramen chain concept by Filipino and Japanese partners, which opened its first branch in Shibuya, Tokyo and subsequently in SM Megamall about a year ago. Just recently, they opened another branch in Glorietta 5. The name “Kichitora” literally means “Lucky Tiger”.

I often ask foodies what their favorite ramen is and Kichitora is consistently mentioned. We finally got to try it and I can see why they love it here. 🙂

Check out our Kichitora experience…

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RAMEN DAISHO: Ukokkei Ramen without the Drama :)

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RAMEN DAISHO offers ramen that may not only be familiar in name but also in taste.  Daisho comes from a coined word meaning dai=”big”, sho=”fly” or “fly high”.

Their ukokkei (“Silkie” chicken) ramen recipe is the same recipe bought by the Ukokkei Ramen Ron owners years ago from Japanese Master ChefFunatsu Yasuhiko, helping start the ramen craze here in the Philippines. In addition to the ramen recipe, Ramen Daisho bought the Master Chef’s Gyoza and Chahan recipes, too. 🙂

Take a look at what you can expect from Ramen Daisho…

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RAMEN NAGI “BUTAO”: Gourmet Ramen now in Manila! @SMAuraPremier

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RAMEN NAGI offers a gourmet version of ramen that is hailed as the best in Tokyo. It has been awarded the top spot in the National Ramen of the Year Competitions for the last two years (2011 and 2012). In Hongkong, the Ramen Nagi franchise is known as BUTAO, after its popular signature ramen, which Filipinos line up hours for just to get a taste. 🙂

Finally, Ramen Nagi has opened in Manila at the 5th Floor of SM Aura Premier. The Manila franchise is owned by Plains & Prints couple founders Roxanne and Erickson Farillas, together with Michael James Chua, Carissa Coscolluela, Enti Coscolluela, and Avi Siy-Chua. 

As the Filipino foodie’s taste for ramen matures, one would prefer more rich and bolder flavors vs. the lighter variety. And once you taste the richer gourmet version of Ramen Nagi, there’s no going back to light and lesser quality ramen.

You’ve got to check out why foodies are raving about Ramen Nagi Butao…

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