This neighborhood Japanese joint offers quick, delicious lunch solutions
Onigiri, tempura, soba, and more!
Takashi Japanese Cuisine
G/F Elizabeth Place Building, 332 H.V. Dela Costa Street, Makati City
Open from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. (Monday to Saturday)
Pioneer Center, Pioneer Street, Pasig City
Open daily from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.
(SPOT.ph) Japanese cuisine is comfort food in its own right, and no one does fuss-free Japanese grub quite like Chef Takashi Kawasaki. His namesake restaurant, Takashi, is a modest joint at Pioneer Center in Kapitolyo, and since it opened in 2014 it’s become a favorite food haunt frequented by those looking for a quick and affordable (yet super delicious!) Japanese fix.
Fast forward to a year and a half later, and Takashi—the restaurant and the chef—are eagerly branching out. A second location recently opened in another neighborhood also popular for tasty, no-frills eats: Salcedo Village in Makati City.
This four-month-old spot is very similar to its the original. There's still quirky Japanese pop playing in the background; you can still witness the hustle and bustle of people digging into their meals; hefty sushi rolls and donburi bowls are quickly being whisked out of the kitchen—all scenarios you would also see at the Kapitolyo branch.
You’ll find Japanese mainstays, like maki rolls, chicken karaage, tempura, ramen, katsudon—and in true Takashi fashion, everything is truly bang-for-your-buck. Besides retaining the usual favorites, Chef Takashi often plays it up by constantly adding new things on the menu, whether it's quirky panda-shaped sushi or fried chicken on a stick.
Nowadays, Takashi is also appealing to the quick-lunch crowd by offering daily Bento Boxes (P195). These lunch sets, available only for take-away, are extremely convenient and perfect for busy cubicle-dwellers looking for something fast without resorting to fast food. A different box is available every day: There’s tempura, tonkatsu, and yakitori, for starters. Pray to get the Tori Curry Bento, which is an instant favorite. A generous serving of crisp chicken poppers over a blanket of curry is paired with nori rice and a side of tamago, a sushi roll, and veggie noodles. It's actually more than enough for some people.
Tori Curry Bento
Shrimp Hot Roll
Known for putting a fun spin on typical Japanese dishes, Chef Takashi constantly strives to make his food interesting. Try the Shrimp Hot Roll (P270), a deep-fried maki stuffed with shrimp and drizzled with spicy teriyaki sauce—the crunchy exterior makes it ultra addicting. Then, there's the light and tasty Tuna Teppanyaki (P290). When you hear the veggies and tuna sizzling loudly on the plate, you know you need to order extra cups of rice.
Spicy Karaage Bo
Pay attention to the Tenzauru Soba (P290), too; it's essentially a carb lover’s dream come true, but it doesn't feel too heavy. You might find a goofy smile on your face as you enjoy bites of crunchy tempura and slurps of cold soba noodles dipped in tempura sauce. And if you’re the type of person who really needs to eat and run? The Salmon Onigiri (P160) and the Spicy Karaage Bo (P180) are both great grab-and-go options, the former being salmon-speckled rice balls wrapped in nori and the latter being crunchy karaage on a stick with wasabi and spicy dipping sauces.
One might not expect too much when entering a Takashi restaurant, and that’s okay. Once you sit down and start digging into your meal? That’s when the food will speak entirely for itself.