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Pasig isn’t typically perceived to be a foodie haven, so who would have thought that this area would be home to some of the most authentic and under-the-radar Japanese restaurants in Manila?
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In this list we’ve compiled some old and new joints in Pasig that will surely satisfy any Japanese cravings— from ramen, to tempura, to sushi, and everything in between! Be sure to take note of which restos have booking discounts. Not only can you save up to ₱500, you’ll also get a free dessert once you fill up the feedback form.
This is your ultimate guide to the best Japanese restaurants in Pasig.
If you’re craving ramen…
Hanamaruken Ramen – The Grove Pasig
Hanamaruken Ramen hails from the streets of Osaka, Japan. The well-established chain is best known for their “Happiness Ramen” which features a slow-braised, custom-cut, soft bone pork rib unmatched in tenderness and flavor.
Butamaru – Ortigas Technopoint One
Butamaru is a Japanese restaurant that first opened its doors at Westgate Center in Filinvest, Alabang. Unlike the original concept, their second branch— tucked away in the Ortigas Home Depot complex— is a hybrid of an izakaya and a ramen shop. They offer a unique kushiyaki selection to enhance your ramen experience.
Miso Happy – City Golf Plaza
Miso Happy is a hole-in-the-wall ramen joint in City Golf Plaza. Because it’s sandwiched between Uncle Moe’s Shawarma Hub and Frankie’s New York Buffalo Wings, it’s often unjustly under-looked. But take one step inside their shop and you’ll know you are in for a treat. The colorful ceiling, playful mural, and downright delicious ramen bowls will keep you coming back for more.
Ikkoryu Fukuoka – Estancia
Ikkoryu Fukuoka Ramen offers a wide selection of Hakata-style tonkotsu ramen. You can taste the complex layers of flavor in each bowl— don’t miss best-sellers like the Black Garlic Tonkotsu, Ajitama Tonkotsu, Spicy Tobanjan Tonkotsu, and Aburi Chashu. No order is complete without a side order of their Gyoza.
Mitsuyado Sei-men – Ayala Malls The 30th
Mitsuyado Sei-Men is an international franchise brought here by the UCC Group. It’s widely known as “The House of Tsukemen” because they’re famous for their dipping noodles. The house specialty is not what you’d expect from a typical ramen shop, but one bite of their Double Cheese Tsukemen will convert you instantly.
If you’re craving tempura…
Ramen Nagi + Tendon Akimitsu – Ayala Malls The 30th
Originally from Asakusa, Tokyo, Tendon Akimitsu is a restaurant that specializes in tendon or Tempura Donburi. Most branches— like the one in Ayala Malls The 30th— share a space with Ramen Nagi, their sister company. You can cross order from both restaurants if you can’t decide whether you’re craving for noodles or something deep-fried!
Asakusa – The Grove Pasig
There’s a good reason this place is called Asakusa: Home of Tempura. They serve almost every kind imaginable— prawns, oysters, scallops, vegetables, and even uni! If you’re feeling a bit picky, you can opt for a build-your-own tempura set. Guests have the freedom to choose each tempura by piece, including their sides and sauces!
If you’re craving sushi…
Genki Sushi – Ayala Malls The 30th
Genki Sushi is the pioneer of kaiten sushi or sushi served on a conveyor belt (or in this case, a mini bullet train!)— if that’s not high-tech enough for you, guests are encouraged to order using the tablets provided in each booth. Their menu includes a wide selection of fresh and high-quality sushi, maki, temaki, as well as rice bowls, ramen, tempura. Don’t forget to enjoy the free-flowing house tea from the tap!
Aburi – Citadines Millenium
Aburi is a modern Japanese restaurant specializing in torched dishes. They’re best known for preparing sushi in the aburi-style, wherein the fish is partially grilled and partially raw. Lightly charring the top imparts a smoky flavor that fills your palate and makes eating it all the more enjoyable. They also offer affordable aburi bento sets for those on the lookout for budget friendly meals.
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Shinsen Sushi Bar and Restaurant – Sapphire Bloc
Shinsen is an underrated homegrown sushi bar in Ortigas. They offer a selection of local and imported sashimi, as well as donburi, teppanyaki, and bento sets. Read our full feature.
If you’re craving yakitori…
Tori Ichi Yakitori and Bar – Ayala Malls The 30th
This restaurant from Kyoto specializes in kushiyaki or skewered and grilled food. One of their much-talked-about creations is the bacon-wrapped mochi but their best-seller and undisputed specialty is, of course, the yakitori. The chicken is perfectly seasoned and cooked over Japanese binchōtan (white charcoal) which gives the meat the right amount of smokiness. True to its roots in izakaya-style dining, they also offer different variants of sake and beer.
Tori Tori Kushiyaki Bar – Pearl Drive
Tori Tori Kushiyaki Bar is all about embracing simplicity and authenticity. Both branches in San Juan and Pasig are humble hole-in-the wall joints that are focused on serving delicious and affordable yakitori and kushiyaki. If you can’t do without rice, you might as well indulge in their sinfully good Bacon Fried Rice!
Insider Tip: Be sure to ask about their promos! They give free salmon skin for every order of a bucket of beer.
If you’re craving curry…
CoCo Ichibanya – Estancia
CoCo Ichibanya is a Japanese curry house that offers build-your-own curry plates including beef, pork katsu, seafood and more. The restaurant’s signature curry blend is a combination of star anise, cumin, garlic, and cinnamon. We love their Pork Cutlet Omelet Curry which features a thick and juicy slice of tonkatsu!
If you love everything about Japanese cuisine…
Haru Sushi Bar & Restaurant – West Capitol Drive
The group behind Cafe Juanita proved they could do more than just Filipino food with Haru Sushi Bar & Restaurant. Look around and you’ll see that Haru maintains the same quirky design philosophy that made Cafe Juanita a household name. But it’s that same attention to service and quality which have made Haru one of the best and certainly one of the most recognizable Japanese restaurants in Kapitolyo.
Marufuku Japanese Restaurant – The Crescent Building
Marufuku is a must-try Japanese restaurant in Ortigas. Because of it’s off-the-beaten-path location at The Crescent Building, it has managed to fly under our radars. Those who have dined here rave about the restaurant’s best-selling, umami-filled starter— the Kaki Motoyaki, grilled Hiroshima oysters with a mayonnaise and miso based sauce!
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
The Ortigas Central Business District hides one of the best Japanese restaurants in the city. With Chef Kimito Katagiri at the helm of Minami Saki’s kitchen, no one can doubt the authenticity and respect for Japanese tradition. But tradition doesn’t mean boring; in fact every bite is so well-executed that it leaves you fascinated and wanting more. Try crowd pleasers like Manila Maki, Soft-shell Crab Karaage, Lobster Teppan, and the 5-Kinds Aburi Platter.
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