I am a self-confessed Japanese food addict. I salivate over almost all Japanese dishes. Just this year, I made an awesome discovery together with Pao. We were able to discover the heart of Japanese cuisine here in Manila! Thank God for Little Tokyo!
Little Tokyo is situated in Chino Roces Avenue in Makati. Discovering Little Tokyo felt like discovering a secret sanctuary of Japanese gastronomic specialties waiting to offer you only the best there is in their cuisine.
NIGHT 1: SERYNA (with Pao)
For our first visit at Little Tokyo, we tried a Japanese Restaurant called Seryna. It was a bit pricey, but we didn’t mind because we just wanted to indulge in pure and authentic Japanese goodness. We didn’t want to sacrifice the quality by being so stingy with our spending over good food.
Seryna had a very warm ambiance and a comfortable feel. Besides the great environment, they offer authentic Japanese food, though a bit pricey but really recommendable.
NIGHT 2: HA NA (with Tin, Monch, Fi, Gil and Pao)
For our second time in Little Tokyo, we tried out the Japanese Restaurant called Ha Na. It is well known for its authentic Takoyaki balls which are deemed as the best and most Takoyaki balls in the Philippines. Because of its fame, we definitely had to try it out. We went on a Triple Date on our visit to Ha Na. Thankfully, we were not disappointed.
Ha Na is a quaint restaurant at the corner of Little Tokyo. Because we were six in the group, we were allowed to enter their private room (where we had to remove our shoes and sit down by the low table just like how the Japanese sit down when they dine).
We tried almost everything that was worth trying. I tell you, IT WAS REALLY WORTH TRYING.
The Takoyaki balls were really authentic, I must say. It’s really different from the Takoyaki balls being sold in small kiosks at the malls. The takoyaki balls available in the malls ARE NOT EVEN CLOSE TO HOW THE TAKOYAKI BALLS FROM HANA TASTE LIKE. It doesn’t do Ha Na Takoyaki balls justice.
Dynamite Roll (to die for!)
Shaved Ice desserts 🙂
NIGHT 3: Ha Na (with Lors, Madz, Inna, Lhala and Zee)
Because my tummy was really pleased with the food that Ha Na offered, I decided to come back and bring along my co-teachers and co-workers to Ha Na once again.
We ordered basically the same dishes (from my last visit), and we lovingly and happily shared our orders with each other as we shared our beaming faces filled with frisson and excitement because of the endorphins that the food offered us.
NIGHT 4: OISHINBO
We heard from a friend that Oishinbo has great salmon sashimi and gyoza. Being a sucker for Salmon Sashimi, I knew I just had to try it out! And lo and behold, it was good! But it was similar to Nihonbashi Tei’s salmon sashimi also. But sashimi is sashimi, I’d eat it anyway!
WHY I RECOMMEND LITTLE TOKYO:
Japanese expatriates, families, and Japanese food enthusiasts frequent this place, thereby assuring the excellence and authenticity of their Japanese cuisine. We definitely, definitely made sure that we’re going back! ♥ That’s why we made several rounds of dinners over at Little Tokyo with our friends as the best form of marketing and advertisement is by word of mouth.
Disclaimer: I wasn’t paid to promote, I just really loved the experience!