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Ortigas is no doubt one of the busiest business districts in the metro–it’s home to universities, small schools, and major malls so these people need to eat right? Little did we know that this area is home to some of the most authentic under-the-radar Japanese restaurants in Manila.
In this list we compiled some of the old and new Japanese joints in Pasig that will surely satisfy any craving: tempura, sashimi, ramen, and bento sets! This is your ultimate guide to the best Japanese restaurants in Ortigas.
Shinsen Sushi Bar and Restaurant – Sapphire Bloc
Shinsen, which means “fresh”, is a new homegrown, underrated sushi bar that offers local and imported sashimi selection, donburi bowls, teppanyaki, and bento sets. Read our full feature.
Insider tip: Book a table at their first branch in Pasig here and get P300 off your total bill!
Tori Tori Kushiyaki Bar – Pearl Drive
Tori Tori Kushiyaki Bar is an affordable Japanese place that is mostly known for their yakitori and kushiyaki – skewered meat and vegetables.
Tori Ichi Yakitori and Bar – Ayala Malls The 30th
From Kyoto to Manila, Tori Ichi is an underrated Japanese franchise specializing in yakitori grilled on binchotan (Japanese charcoal).
Hanamaruken Ramen – The Grove Pasig
Hanamaruken Ramen, a decades-old mom-n-pop ramen chain, hails from streets of Osaka, Japan. Famous for its “Happiness Ramen”, Hanamaruken serves a signature soft bone ramen unmatched in tenderness and flavor.
Sushi Nori – SM Megamall
Sushi Nori is Manila’s first temakeria. Inspired by the traditional techniques of Japan and the creative direction of Brazil, Sushi Nori is the perfect playground for sushi goodness, it serves a wide selection of fun sushi and temaki rolls. It’s for people on the go looking for quick takeout meals.
Also read: 14 Quick Takeout Ideas for your Lunch Needs
Butamaru is a Japanese restaurant that originated at Westgate Center, Filinvest Alabang. Their newest branch – nestled in Ortigas Technopoint One – opened its doors just last year. Aside from serving their savory and heartwarming ramen, Butamaru’s newest concept incorporates an extensive izakaya selection to complete your Japanese dining experience.\
Maisen – SM Megamall
Maisen is considered to be one of the best tonkatsu restaurants in Japan and it is now available in Manila. Co-owner Ben Chan’s Suyen Corporation is known for bringing good and affordable international food franchises in the country like St. Marc Cafe and Paul Boulangerie. The restaurant offers various tonkatsu sets including its bestselling Kurobuta Tenderloin Katsu, served with their signature sweet and spicy Kurobuta sauce.
Asakusa – The Grove Pasig
Asakusa: House of Tempura serves Japanese cuisine specializing in all kinds of tempura including prawns, scallops, squid, vegetables and more. If you’re feeling a bit more adventurous or picky, opt for their unique make-your-own-tempura sets. Guests can freely choose the tempura they want by piece, the sides and even the sauce. Read more here.
Ooma – Mega Fashion Hall
Ooma (a wordplay on the word Uma, meaning “good”) is a modern Japanese restaurant that promises bold Japanese flavors at affordable prices. Known to little, it also serves unlimited rice, just call on the servers roaming around.
Bad Bird — Mega Fashion Hall
Established by Lowbrow Casual Restaurants, Bad Bird is one of the pioneer dining concepts at Hole in the Wall in Century City Mall. Their claim to fame: their award-winning umami fried chicken available in three levels of spiciness: Safe, Spicy, and Chemical.
Ogetsu Hime – SM Megamall
From the same group who brought us Dads-Saisaki-Kamayan, Ogetsu Hime (which means goddess of food), specializes in everything Japanese. Watch them expertly prepare your sushi right in front of you while you enjoy their premium steaks straight from the grill.
YAYOI – SM Megamall
YAYOI (or more popularly known as “YAYOI-KEN” in Japan) is a contemporary Japanese restaurant offering set menu dining called Teishoku–a balanced tray of rice, miso soup, tsukemono (Japanese pickles), a main dish and a side dish. Read full feature here.
Insider tip: It's pronounced as ya-yo-wee, which means 'spring' or 'growing'
Marufuku Japanese Restaurant – The Crescent Building
Another must-try Japanese restaurant is this hidden gem in Ortigas. What made them famous is their umami-filled starter, the Kaki Motoyaki (grilled Hiroshima oysters with mayonnaise and miso based sauce). Don’t miss their Matcha Kaikigori dessert as well. More under the radar restaurants in Ortigas here.
Insider tip: They are very strict with their store hours (M-Su: 11AM-2:30PM; 6PM-10:30PM) so don't be late!
Minami Saki by Astoria – Astoria Plaza
Minami Saki embraces its authentic and traditional Japanese culture, with the kitchen headed by Chef Kimito Katagiri. Must-tries here are the 5-kinds Aburi Sushi, Tempura and Minami Saki makis, kaki (Oyster) Papaya Yaki, Usuyaki Beef, and their mysterious Coffee Jelly.
Sekitori – Hanston Square
If you’re craving for Japanese, head over to Sekitori for their mouthwatering Udon and Soba or to check out the giant sumo inside the restaurant.
Reservations are accepted
2B, Hanston Square, San Miguel Ave., Ortigas Center, Pasig
Ukokkei Japan – SM Megamall
Ukokkei Japan is a new venture from the people behind Ukokkei Ramen Ron that features the local specialty ramen from 10 different cities in Japan. Its bestseller is the Kumamoto Mau Ramen (in photo).
Also read: Top 10 Most Loved Ramen Joints in Manila
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