Kessaku: One of Alabang’s Most Underrated Japanese Restaurants

You’ve been missing out!

Japanese is definitely a crowd favorite. Everybody has their own go-to spot for the cuisine’s staples: ramen, maki, aburi, you name it. Alabang surely has a couple of famous brands for each of these, but for authentic Japanese cuisine, in general? Kessaku’s got you covered.

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Tucked in Commercenter Alabang is Kessaku, a casual restaurant serving a full range of authentic, top-quality Japanese food. True to their name, the word “kessaku” (pronounced kessah-koo, accent on the ‘koo’) translates to “creating masterpieces“. Their no-frills menu includes everything from sushi boats to tempura, wagyu cubes, and more.

The homegrown concept is by sisters Yums and Chili Aggabao, whose love for Japanese cuisine inspired them to create this Southern gem.

The 85-seater restaurant has dim and intimate interiors, but its large glass window allows guests to enjoy a relaxing view of the outdoors during daytime. The second floor is perfect for business meetings and private functions for up to 15 pax.

Kessaku caters to nearly everyone, from families to office employees and even solo diners. Many of their regulars are Japanese, a tell-tale sign of just how authentic their food is.

Check out their bestselling appetizers below!

Salmon Sashimi

Fresh salmon sashimi that’s chilled (not frozen) to maintain quality

Sunset Maki

Includes Salmon, Kani, Unagi, Cucumber, and Cream Cheese


Green Dragon Roll

Includes Prawn Tempura, Avocado, Ebiko

Kessaku Sushi Boat

Assorted Sushi, Sashimi, and Maki


Chirashi Moriawase

Assorted sashimi slices on a bed of sushi rice

Smoked Salmon Salad

Mixed greens and arugula topped with yuzu vinaigrette

Tori Nanbanzuke

A twist on the classic Chicken Karaage, topped with vinaigrette

If you love all kinds of meat, you’d be glad to know that Kessaku serves mains specializing in chicken, pork, beef, seafood, and more. Diners with huge appetites should also check out their Bento Box Set Meals inclusive of miso soup, assorted sashimi, vegetables, and fresh fruits. (P.S. Bento Box Set Meals are only available during lunch hours.)

Gindara Teriyaki

Japanese silver codfish in Kessaku’s teriyaki sauce

Ebi Tempura

Large Black Tiger Prawn tempura, available in sets of 3pcs, 5pcs, or 8pcs

Angus Prime Chahan

Mixed fried rice with Angus prime beef, perfect with their mains

Also make sure to order their Wagyu Cubes, available per stick (P185 each).

For drinks, try their Frozen Sake, Mojitos, and Lulu’s Dalandan Shake. Fun fact: Lulu is the owners’ grandmother who absolutely loved this shake.

Lulu’s Dalandan Shake

Insider tip: Enjoy their Classic Margarita, Lychee Martini, and Classic Mojito with their Extended Happy Hour! (P65/drink, 5-8pm Fridays-Sundays)

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G/F Commercenter Building, Filinvest, Alabang
(02) 403-3445

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