One, Two, Three Nights in Tokyo


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.

Tuna Sashimi

Ebi Tempura

Salmon Sashimi

Miso Ramen

Shoyu Ramen

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.


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!

Very Japanese feel of the restaurant interiors

Salmon, my favorite!


California Maki


Kani Salad


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!


About Mia G.

Teacher Mia. A Happy Girl. Chaser of dreams. Believer of living out each beautiful dream. A Full-time Preschool Teacher with a part-time job of being a happy traveler and wanderer. Co-founder of Destination Getaways Travel and Tours! A Proud Filipina who wants to travel the world one place at a time, one breathtaking moment at a time. Join the personal accounts of my adventures and misadventures and random experiences in our big and beautiful classroom-- the world. Share my experiences on spontaneity, excitement, adventure, travel, exploration, gastronomic encounters, and everything in between!

2 responses »

  1. Hi Mia! My friends and I are planning on our trip to japan next year, however i cannot seem to find your blog about Japan. Can you kindly send me the link please? I am interested on your itinerary and how did u travel from Kyoto to Tokyo vv. thank you.

    • Hi Mye! Nice to hear from you! 🙂

      Thank you for pushing me to finally start (and finish) my Japan series blog entries! I am just in the final stretch of preschool and grad school requirements. Rest assured, after this week, blog entries will be coming! 🙂

      When are you scheduled to go to Japan? JAPAN IS MY FAVORITE COUNTRY AS OF YET! 🙂 I can assure you, you will have the best experiences of your life too! Japan is amazinngggg!

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