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We found unlimited aburi sushi that’s value for your money.

By definition, Aburi style sushi refers to nigiri sushi where the fish is partially grilled (topside) and partially raw. However, due to the intricate process and precision in which each piece is torched, Aburi sushi is not as common to find among Japanese restaurants in Manila as let’s say, California Maki.

Sushi lovers, we at Booky curated a list to help you get your hands on the hottest torched rolls in town. If we missed your favorites, do share them with us in the comments section below. We’d love to know where else we can get these awesome Japanese specialties. Happy eating!

Soru Izakaya – Maginhawa

Influenced by the Robotayaki style of Izakaya, Soru Izakaya offers a tasteful blend of after-work gastropub drinks accompanied with fresh Japanese eats. From sashimi plates and savory yakitori combinations to refreshing beverages and speakeasy cocktails, Soru Izakaya completes the whole modern Japan experience that brings you a glimpse of the Tokyo night life. Read our full feature here.

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140 Maginhawa St., Sikatuna Village, Diliman, Quezon City
(0917) 704-0515

Aburi – Alabang

Aburi is a modern Japanese restaurant specializing in torched dishes. Menu highlights include the salmon aburi and beef aburi bowl. It also offers affordable aburi bento sets for those looking for a more budget friendly meal. Read our full feature here.

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Kai Japanese Restaurant – Greenbelt 5

Kai, which means “gathering” in Japanese, specializes in Japanese fusion cuisine. Call ahead if you want to avail its 10-course Wagyu degustation menu. Otherwise, you can go for their fresh and quality sushi items. Don’t miss their imported scallop aburi and uni aburi maki. 

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G/F Unit 1-112 Greenbelt 5, Legaspi St., Legazpi Village, Makati
+63 2 757-5209

Shinsen Sushi Bar and Restaurant – various branches

Shinsen is a homegrown local sushi bar and restaurant serving authentic Japanese food fare made with only the freshest ingredients available in the market. They have an extensive menu including sushi rolls, sashimi, Japanese steak, affordable donburi bowls, bento lunch sets and more. 

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Minami Saki – Astoria Plaza

Located at the Astoria Plaza, Minami Saki embraces its authentic and traditional Japanese culture, with the kitchen headed by Chef Kimito Katagiri. It is best known for its 5-kinds Aburi sushi (tuna, salmon, eel, hamachi and lapu-lapu), Minami Saki Maki (California maki with grilled eel) and Kaki Papaya Yaki (grilled papaya).

Also read: 13 Hidden Restaurant Gems in Ortigas, Pasig
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G/F Astoria Plaza, 15 J. Escriva Dr Ortigas Business District, Ortigas, Pasig
(02) 687-1111

Akira – various branches

Akira is a Japanese restaurant specializing in sushi and teppanyaki. Watch their in-house chefs prepare and cook your teppanyaki orders in a fiery cooking showcase. Akira also offers sushi, sashimi and these–Unagi Aburi Sushi and the popular Salmon Aburi Sushi.

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Inagiku – Makati Shangri-la

Inagiku at Makati Shangri-la is arguably one of the best Japanese restaurants in the metro. Their menu includes an extensive list of Japanese specialties including teppanyaki and quality aburi selections.

Insider tip: Eat all the aburi that you can with their Sunday lunch buffet.
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2/F Makati Shangri-La Hotel, Ayala Ave., Makati
(02) 814-2580

Mecha Uma – BGC

With Sensei Sushi and Ooma in his tail of culinary achievements, one thing is certain: Chef Bruce Ricketts knows his sushi. Mecha Uma, meaning ‘absurdly delicious’, offers a more fine dining and out-of-the-box experience with it’s 10-course omakase where Chef Bruce personally prepares and serves the dishes. An a la carte menu is also available. Try the Salmon Aburi with Truffle and Seared Scallops.

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G/F RCBC Corp Center, 25th & 26th St., Fort Bonifacio, Taguig
(02) 801-2770

Ooma – various branches

Ooma is another masterpiece by Chef Bruce Ricketts in partnership with the renowned Moment Group (after Mecha Uma), it takes pride in its unique and bold Japanese creations like the popular Soft Shell Crab Taco-Maki and the Salmon Skin Aburi Roll. 

Also read: 8 Sulit Sushi Dishes You’re Going to Want to Catch This Weekend
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Senju – EDSA Shangrila

Senju, meaning “‘feast of a thousand pleasures”, is one of the in-house restaurants of EDSA Shangri-la Hotel that offers authentic and classic Japanese cuisine prepared by world-class chefs. It offers a whole lot of quality dishes but their by-the-pair aburi sushi is one of their customer’s favorites, order their Salmon and Hamachi aburi rolls. 

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G/F EDSA Shangri-la Hotel, 1 Garden Way, Wack Wack, Mandaluyong
(02) 633-8888

Genki Sushi– various branches

Genki Sushi from Japan is the pioneer of Kaiten Sushi, or sushi served on a revolving conveyor belt or speed trains, in this case. Menu includes a variety of fresh and quality sushi, maki, ramen, tempura and more. Guests can enjoy ordering from a tablet. Recommended dishes include the seared salmon with black pepper dish. P.S. There’s unlimited house tea from the tap. Watch out for their 2nd branch opening at UP Town Center.

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Sakura by Edo San – Alphaland Southgate Tower

Located in Alphaland Southgate Tower, Sakura by Edo San is one of Makati’s secret restaurant gems and is every inch authentic. Try their bestselling Edo San Maki and Aburi Uni Don.

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6/F Alphaland The City Club, Alphaland Southgate Tower, EDSA, Makati
(02) 737-0000

Sushi Ninja – Westgate Alabang

Located in Westgate Alabang, Sushi Ninja’s famously known for their wide variety of sushi. A unique twist on top of your average sushi selection, try Sushi Ninja’s Salmon Nigiri with rich cream cheese and Okinawa-Toshi (deep fried sushi balls).

Also read: 16 Best Alabang Restaurants to Discover Great Food
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Westgate Center, Filinvest, Muntinlupa
(02) 556-7706

Izakaya Sensu / Chotto Matte – BGC

From the Raintree group of restaurants (Chelsea Kitchen, Saboten, Museum Cafe and more) comes another new exciting concept featuring an informal Japanese-style gastropub through 2 new brands. Guests can enjoy fresh and quality Japanese dishes like the Sensu Omakase Special (11 kinds of sushi), Salmon Aburi with spicy mayo and tobiko and more from Izakaya Sensu. On the other hand, Chotto Matte offers cool beats and hadcrafted cocktails.

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Net Park Building, 5th Ave, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig
(02) 752-5678

Craving for more sushi options? Check out the 24 most searched Sushi Restaurants in Manila in our featured article here. Better yet, use your Booky app to find all restaurants that serve your favorite sushi dishes, just type in “SUSHI” or “ABURI“. No need for internet because yes, Booky works offline!

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