Ortigas is Japa-nice
Ortigas, in Pasig city, is no doubt one of the busiest business districts in the metro–it’s home to universities, small schools, and major malls so these people need to eat right? It also happens to be a hub for some of the most authentic under-the-radar Japanese restaurants in the Metro!
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In this list we compiled some of the old and new Japanese joints in Pasig that will surely satisfy any craving: tempura, sashimi, ramen, and bento sets! This is your ultimate guide to the best Japanese restaurants in Ortigas.
Asakusa – The Grove Pasig
Get a chance to satisfy your serious tempura cravingsat Asakusa, a Japanese restaurant that specializes in the art of deep-frying prawns, scallops, squids, vegetables, and more! They’re perfect for those feeling adventurous or picky because they allow you to make-your-own tempura sets.
Shinsen Sushi Bar and Restaurant – Sapphire Bloc
Offering local and imported sashimi selections, donburi bowls, teppanyaki, and bento sets, Shinsen is a homegrown, underrated sushi bar that doesn’t hold back on serving dishes made with the freshest ingredients.
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This restaurant from Kyoto specializes in seasoned grilled meats in skewers. One of their much talked about creations is the bacon wrapped mochi and is a definite must-try!
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Hanamaruken Ramen – The Grove
Hanamaruken Ramen is a decades-old mom-n-pop ramen chain hailing from the streets of Osaka Japan serving rice bowls, small plates, and a ramen unmatched in tenderness and flavor: the “Happiness Ramen”.
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Sushi Nori – SM Megamall
Sushi Nori is the first temakeria in the country that offers grab-and-go sushi. Try 26 different flavors to be made into a hand-rolled temaki or a 6-pc sushi rolls set. They also serve salads and sushi bowls.
Butamaru – Ortigas Home Depot
This ramen house serves the noodles with fresh vegetables and tossed in black sesame dressing. You can also their other salad ramen flavor, the Kani Salad Ramen (cold ramen, shredded kani, mentaiko dressing).
Ooma – Mega Fashion Hall
Love bold Japanese flavors at affordable prices? Then head on to Ooma! It’s a modern Japanese restaurant that offers playful and creative dishes that can be paired with a range of sakes.
Fun fact: Ooma also serves unlimited rice! To get some, all you have to do is to call on the servers roaming around.
Tori Chizu – SM Megamall
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Tori Chizu is a restaurant that offers Japanese-influenced dishes infused with Eastern and Western flavors. It’s for those who love cheesy dishes and flavorful fried chicken. It’s not for those who want to eat their dishes family style. We recommend the Chicken Teriyaki Doria, Japanese-Style Fried Chicken, and Pork Katsu Bento
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Bad Bird — Mega Fashion Hall
Established by Lowbrow Casual Restaurants, Bad Bird is a Japanese-Korean restaurant that serves of premium fried chicken and comfort food cuisine. One of the things you should definitely try is the dish that became their claim to fame: their award-winning umami fried chicken which is available in three levels of spiciness: Safe, Spicy, and Chemical.
Tori Tori Kushiyaki Bar – Pearl Drive
One of the best affordable Japanese places in Pasig city, Tori Tori Kushiyaki Bar is a restaurant that’s mostly known for their yakitori and kushiyaki which is skewered meat and vegetables.
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 preparing your sushi right in front of you while you enjoy their premium steaks straight from the grill.
YAYOI – SM Megamall
YAYOI (or more popularly known as “YAYOI-KEN” in Japan) is a contemporary Japanese restaurant offering set menu dining called Teishoku–a balanced tray of rice, miso soup, tsukemono (Japanese pickles), a main dish and a side dish. Read full feature here.
Marufuku Japanese Restaurant – The Crescent Building
With its only branch located in Pasig city, Marufuku is a must-try Japanese restaurant that serves their famous Kaki Motoyaki (grilled Hiroshima oysters with mayonnaise and miso-based sauce), which is their umami-filled starter. Don’t also forget to try this hidden gem’s famous Matcha Kaikigori which may just be the perfect dessert to end your meal with.
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
A restaurant headed by Chef Kimito Katagiri, Minami Saki isn’t hesitant to embrace its authentic and traditional culture and to show it to its customers through the food as well as the small details in their interiors.
Ukokkei Japan – SM Megamall
Dive right into a culinary experience filled with elevated flavors and aromas! Ukokkei Japan is a modern Japanese restaurant that cooks up delicious Japanese classics with a strong commitment to the freshest ingredients and top-level techniques.
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