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Mandaluyong is home to some of our favorite shopping malls: SM Megamall, Shangri-La, The Podium.
There’s no shortage of restaurants in this city, so for your convenience, we’ve compiled some old and new Japanese joints in Mandaluyong that will surely satisfy any craving, whether it’s ramen, katsu, sushi, and everything in between!
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This is your ultimate guide to some of the best Japanese restaurants in Mandaluyong.
Osaka Ohsho – SM Megamall
Grabbing the title of #1 gyoza in the world, Osaka Ohsho is a Japanese restaurant which specializes in gyoza in different flavors. They have unique takes on several of our favorites from the cuisine like Matcha Butter Tonktasu, Chicken Truffle Yaki, Mixed Mushroom and Bacon Teppanyaki, and more.
Nikkei – The Podium
Nikkei is Manila’s first ever Japanese-Peruvian sushi bar serving curated specialties like ceviche, sushi, causa, tiraditos, and Japanese craft spirits. Their Podium branch is dimly lit, giving it a romantic ambiance— a perfect date night spot! Read our full feature here.
Tori Chizu – SM Megamall
Tori Chizu combines East and West, offering various flavors of cheesy baked rice. Their best-selling Doria, or Japanese baked rice gratin, is freshly prepared as soon as you order! Pair it Japanese-style Fried Chicken or Hambagu steak!
Ooma – SM Megamall
Ooma offers bold and modern Japanese fare. The restaurant was born out of a collaboration between The Moment Group and Chef Bruce Ricketts, one of Manila’s youngest and brightest chefs who happens to specialize in traditional and fusion Japanese cuisine. Must-tries include their Uni Udon, Soft Shell Crab Taco-Maki, and Hanger Steak.
Dohtonbori – SM Megamall
Dohtonbori, the first and only authentic okonomiyaki restaurant in the Philippines, offers affordable okonomiyaki and Yakiniku party platters. With their unique Japanese ambiance and design, especially in their Megamall branch, you and your friends will definitely enjoy drinking chu-high, draft beer and other varieties of Japanese beer.
Chibo Okonomiyaki – The Podium
Chibo Okonomiyaki, one of Japan’s leading okonomiyaki restaurants, specializes in okonomiyaki, yakisoba and teppanyaki dishes.
Ramen Jiro – High Pointe Medical Hub
A restaurant in Mandaluyong city with minimalist interiors, you’ll be glad to know that Ramen Jiro’s food is anything but simple and plain. They’re known best for their tonkotsu broth ramen which is undoubtedly flavorful!
Ramen Daisho – Shaw Blvd
Ramen Daisho was one of the first ramen joints to open in Mandaluyong City and has since cemented its place as one of the go-to Japanese restaurants in the area. Their Hakata Tonkotsu Chashu-Men features straight Hakata-style noodles in a rich and milky pork bone broth. It’s also got fried onions and a generous amount of chashu!
Ikkoryu Fukuoka – Shangri-La Plaza
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.
Ippudo – SM Megamall
Ippudo is a popular franchise which originated from Japan’s ramen capital, Hakata. This beloved restaurant is famous for their tonkotsu-based ramen. Theirs is a broth with a light pork flavor. Equally worth the wait are their Pork and Karaage Buns.
Kimukatsu – Shangri-La Plaza
If you’re an avid fan of the traditional tonkatsu cutlet, make sure to drop by Kimukatsu. Their 25-layered mille-feuille-style tonkatsu may just get you counting the juicy layers in between the crispy golden coating. You can also choose from their flavored katsu sets which come in cheese, black pepper, and garlic flavors!
Saboten Express – SM Megamall
Considered as one of the affordable restaurants in SM Megamall, Saboten Express has katsu sets for as low as ₱250, complete with Japanese rice, miso, soup, katsu sauce, cabbage, citrus dressing, Japanese pickles, and the Katsu cut of your choice.
Yabu – SM Megamall
The one that started it all. It’s safe to say that Yabu was one of the first joints in Metro Manila to purely specialize in katsu. Since its opening in 2011, this homegrown restaurant has proven that excellent customer service and consistent food quality can go a long way in the industry. Apart from Katsu, other must tries include their Gyudon and Salmon Donburi!
Maisen – SM Megamall
Maisen is considered as one of the top tonkatsu restaurants in Japan and it now has various locations in Metro Manila! Brought by Ben Chan’s Suyen Coporation, Maisen is one of the best Japanese spots where you can enjoy various tonkatsu sets like their bestselling Kurobuta Tenderloin Katsu.
Ogetsu Hime – SM Megamall
Ogetsu Hime (which means goddess of food) specializes in everything Japanese. Have the dining experience of your life by watching them expertly prepare your sushi right in front of you while you enjoy their premium steaks straight from the grill. Prior to opening a branch in SM Megamall, their first location was in SM Aura!
Sushi Nori – SM Megamall
Don’t have time to dine in? No worries! Sushi Nori is not only Manila’s first temakeria but they’re also one of the best affordable Japanese restaurants serving a wide selection of sushi rolls, temaki rolls, and even poke bowls!
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Genki Sushi – SM Megamall
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!
Yayoi – SM Megamall
Yayoi is a Japanese franchise dedicated to Teishoku set meals. Popular sets include the fried chicken steak, sukiyaki, unajyu and saba. Read our full feature here.
Ganso-Shabuway – Shangri-La Plaza
Ganso-Shabuway is an international franchise from California that offers Japanese-style hot pot. They serve all-natural grass fed beef, fresh produce and other hot pot toppings. All shabu-shabu sets are served with choice of broth, vegetable plate, unlimited rice, and homemade dipping sauces.
Tenya – SM Megamall
Tenya is Japan’s best tempura tendon chain that provides high quality tendon tempura at pocket-friendly prices. Tenya is authentic to its core—with most of their ingredients and kitchen equipment hailing directly from Japan.
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