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GYU-KAKU: World’s No.1 Yakiniku Brand now in Manila :)


Finally, the much-anticipated opening of Gyu-Kaku in Manila has become a reality. Deemed to be the world’s No. 1 Japanese BBQ Yakiniku brand since 1996, Gyu-Kaku’s concept was originally developed by Rex Holdings Japan. Its name means “Horn of the Bull” in Japanese.

Although initially met with a negative review when they first opened (see: Chuvaness | Gyu-Kaku Is Not Ready For Consumption), they have stabilized their operations almost a month into their Manila launch.

Here’s our Gyu-Kaku experience…

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RAMEN SANTOUKA PHILIPPINES: Legendary Hokkaido Ramen now in Manila!

 1/15/2014 UPDATE: 
KATSU SORA’s Premium Iberico Tonkatsu x RAMEN SANTOUKA’s Shin-Aji Motsu Ramen!


RAMEN SANTOUKA is one of the best ramen franchises originating from Hokkaido, north of Japan. It is named after a famous poet’s pen name — Santōka Taneda — and is the latest restaurant to join the Ramen Craze in Manila.

For their soft opening, they are serving variants of their original ramen and a few side dishes.

Here’s what to expect and what to order in Ramen Santouka:

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RAMEN YUSHOKEN: Guide to the Best Ramen House in the South!


Foodies agree that RAMEN YUSHOKEN is one of the BEST RAMENS in the south.

YUSHO means Champion and KEN means House and its ramen recipe is based on Koji Tashiro’s, a ramen champion considered as the son of Japan’s Ramen God – Yamagishi Kazuo

We celebrated my younger brother Rommel’s birthday here and decided to order all the items in the well-curated menu.

Here’s our guide and our recommendations on what to order in Ramen Yushoken:

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SENSEI SUSHI by Chef Bruce “Broosy” Ricketts

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I met Chef Bruce Ricketts, nicknamed “Broosy”,  when he was doing his specials for the night in the @ChefBroosy Food Truck at Cucina Andare. He had worked for various famous restaurants in California, and has finally decided to go home to join the vibrant dining scene here as one of the youngest chefs in Manila. 

For an early 20’s guy who had worked in California and who comes from the  family of famous actor (and tito) Ronnie Ricketts, he was surprisingly down- to- earth and very passionate about making a difference right now in Manila.

After his short stint in Robot, and contemplating to have a molecular gastronomy restaurant in Makati, he decided to set up his resto in the BF neighborhood and go for what most Filipinos love – Japanese food.

Sensei Sushi is not designed to be cuisine-based and does not pretend to be authentic. The food is based on what is freshly available in the local markets and what they can concoct in-house. The menu is written on the blackboard so that they can change it every 2 to 3 days.

Just the kind of resto that we like. Check out our Sensei Sushi experience:


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Finally, the Double Cheese Tsuke-men topped with parmesan and cheese sauce is finally here in Manila!  The long-awaited opening of the first international franchise of MITSUYADO SEI-MEN brought to Manila by the UCC group was met with raves by loyal Manila-based Japanese crowd. 

With the Ramen craze in full swing in Manila, Ramen-loving Filipinos would definitely love this Tsuke-men or “Dipping Noodle” innovation. 

Here are some tips to have an awesome Tsuke-men experience at Mitsuyado’s:

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YOMENYA GOEMON: Pasta & Pizza the Japanese Way?

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YOMENYA GOEMON is a Japanese Spaghetti House which is an Asian-flavored-reinvented Italian Pizza & Pasta place. It first started in Koen Street in Shibuya in 1976 for the ramen-loving Japanese and grew to 2,500 stores to become the 2nd largest food & beverage player in Japan. It is named after the Japanese Robin-Hood figure Goemon.

The Japanese Spaghetti concept was first introduced by HAPADOG with  Shifudo Pasta here in Manila. Yomenya Goemon took it to a whole new level and really hit the Filipinos’ love for pasta as comfort food and craving for more Japanese flavors.

Here’s what we think about Yomenya Goemon…

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YABU: The House of Katsu Hype?

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Initially, there was the Ramen craze. And then came the Katsu craze, which was revived first by Crazy Katsu in Maginhawa Street, followed by different Tonkatsu stalls popping up like mushrooms in the weekend markets.

But it was only with YABU: The House of Katsu that Manila was introduced to the high-end Katsu, and foodies started debating on what’s the best Katsu experience.

Is it all just hype to justify the premium price or does Yabu really deserve all the foodie raves?

Here is our Yabu experience…

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Nomama (2x) But You

A lot of foodies have been waiting for Chef Him Uy de Baron to open his own restaurant.

After gaining a following from his successful catering gigs, he finally decided to open Nomama — a Japanese restaurant with a twist, focusing on artisanal ramen with ingredients made from scratch.

Nomama in Japanese means “That’s it”, but this resto got its name from a play on words that it’s “not your mama’s ramen”.

Locavores would be happy to know that he supports the slow food movement and only uses the freshest local and organic produce in Manila whenever possible. He is committed to the same advocacy as Chef Sandralyn Hataway of Tourné, Chef Tatung, and Chef Sau del Rosario of Le Bistro Vert.

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