Japanese restaurants you’re going to ramen-ber.
It’s near impossible for any foodie to just have one favorite cuisine; there’s simply too much good food in the world. But if there’s one top pick that has a special place in everyone’s heart, it’s Japanese food. In our food scene, it’s both a blessing and a curse that new Japanese restaurants pop up every so often: a blessing because of the obvious, a curse because our list of restaurants to try never ends.
The same goes with Makati. It’s pretty rough to choose where to eat in Makati, but if you’re in the area and craving for the best Japanese joint near you, this list is for you. We’ve narrowed down the options for Japanese restaurants in Makati per location, so take your pick!
Hanamaruken Ramen – Century City Mall
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.
Tenya – Paseo de Magallanes
Come and experience a culinary delight that will leave you speechless! Tenya offers classic Japanese favorites served with passion and commitment to taste.
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Nikkei – Rockwell and Legaspi Village
With two branches in Makati city, Nikkei is a Peruvian-Japanese sushi bar that offers all things seafood served in a multitude of ways as well as desserts and drinks that are no doubt, unique. Among their recommended dishes are the Green Ceviche, Fresh Oysters, and the Arroz Chaufa Set.
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Nihonryori – Salcedo Village
Named after the Michelin-starred restaurant in Tokyo, Nihonryori RyuGin, Nihonryori stays true to the Japanese philosophy of cooking using the freshest ingredients for their wide menu of yakitori, sushi, and Japanese favorites. What’s more, they are the first and only place in Manila serving Black Maki Rolls!
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Mendokoro Ramenba – Salcedo Village
Mendokoro Ramenba is a 20-seater ramen joint from the people behind popular Ramen Yushoken from Alabang; it is also called being tagged as Yushoken 2.0. Despite its notorious long lines, their Tantanmen, Shio Ramen, and Super Chasu Bowls are deemed worth the wait.
No reservations accepted
G/F V Corporate Center 125 Leviste St., Salcedo Village, Makati
12/10 – Guijo St.
12/10 is a popular modern Japanese izakaya-inspired restaurant owned by Thea de Rivera and Gab Bustos of The Girl + The Bull. The small plates pair perfectly with their cocktails, which are some of the best in the Metro. Indisputable hits include their salmon kushiyaki, katsu sando, and toro onigiri.
Kyo-to – Legazpi Village
Kyo-to is a fine dining Japanese restaurant by Chef Ryohei Kawamoto. They are known to be one of the rare restaurants serving authentic kaiseki ryōri, traditional multi-course Japanese meals that tell the story of Japanese culture and history. Their menu changes on a regular basis based on the season and availability of ingredients.
Hokkaido Ramen Santouka – Glorietta 4
Imagine a simple bowl of ramen in the setting of old-town Hokkaidodone well, enough for a family to make for years. That’s exactly what Hokkaido Ramen Santouka gives us – more and more food on the menu that are actually from the same family recipes since 1988.
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Katsu Sora – Glorietta 4
Katsu Sora is the master of everything katsu and curry. Specializing in tonkatsu, breaded pork cutlets, deep-fried to perfection, they offer 4 types of premium meat: Iberico, Kurobuta, Simofuri, and Sakura, all are promised to be marbled, textured, and tender.
Tsujiri – Greenbelt 5
Tsujiri is a Japanese matcha brand from Uji Kyoto that specializes in authentic, premium green tea drinks. They are the pioneer in matcha infused desserts – from ice cream to cakes and pastries.
Ganso-Shabuway – Greenbelt 5 and Rockwell
Since 2011, Ganso-Shabuway has been providing Filipino diners with a premium Japanese-style hot pot dining, serving only all-natural grass fed beef, fresh produce, and a variety of noodles, as well as other hot pot toppings.
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Ippudo – Greenbelt 5 and Rockwell
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.
Ooma – Greenbelt 3, Rockwell, and Salcedo Village
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.
Tajimaya – Rockwell
Tajimaya lets you experience a hands-on Japanese charcoal BBQ grill cooking with only the freshest and most authentic ingredients. They also offer a unique dishes with melt-in-your mouth Wagyu strips and Eat-All-You-Can Meals.
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Izakaya Kikufuji – Little Tokyo
From Little Tokyo, Izakaya Kikufuji is an authentic Japanese restaurant best known for their Chirashi Don, Spicy Maguro and Super California Maki.
No reservations accepted
Little Tokyo, 2277 Chino Roces, Legaspi Village, Makati. Rockwell Center, Makati
(02) 893-7319; (02) 893-6131
Tambai – Poblacion
Tambai Yakitori Snackhouse is sari-sari store turned yakitori joint meant for the late-night inuman sessions with friends. Pair your ice cold beer with their selection of yakitori (we recommend their Rib Fingers and Kimchi Rice) for a pre-game or post-party treat.
Ebi 10 – Felipe St.
Ebi 10 offers a personalized tempura experience with uni-shiso-nori tempura, jumbo shrimp tempura, as well as sushi rolls and fried rice.
Tsukiji Japanese Restaurant – Pasay Road
Tsukiji serves premium Japanese cuisine prepared by Chef Toshiro Okajima, who started his career sourcing from the renowned Tsukiji Fish Market in Japan. Applying the same philosophy of what equipped him to be a top sushi chef, Tsukiji uses only the freshest imported ingredients for their sushi, sashimi, yakiniku, and kaiseki courses.
Reservations are accepted
3/F Milky Way Bldg., 900 Pasay Rd, San Lorenzo, Makati
Nihonbashi Tei – Arnaiz Ave.
Nihonbashi Tei is a humble izakaya offering an extensive list of authentic Japanese specialties at fairly affordable prices. Their menu includes sushi, ramen, yakitori, curries, donburi, chirashi and many more.
Fun fact: There are two Nihonbashi Tei branches along Arnaiz Ave! The branch across Park Square is their restaurant proper, while the branch at the corner of Arnaiz Ave. and Amorsolo St. serves as their main izakaya.
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