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10 Underrated Sushi Places in Manila That Should Be on Your Checklist

Not-so-typical places for your sushi cravings!


 

(SPOT.ph) We're no stranger to all kinds of Asian cuisine, and there’s no denying our love for Japanese restaurants in Manila. And while we all love classic creations like ebi tempura and ramen, today we’re putting the spotlight on—yup, you guessed it—sushi. So whether it’s sashimi, maki, or nigiri you’re currently dreaming about, we list 10 awesome underrated sushi places to get your next sushi fix.

 


 

Soru Izakaya

Aiming to be a go-to, after-work place for indulgent meals and drinks, Soru Izakaya offers everything, including an ambience that’s perfect for unwinding and a menu that’s simple but packed with flavor. Try the Kuro Dragon Maki (P480), which combines freshwater eel, cream cheese, and asparagus. And we’re pretty sure you haven't tried anything like their recommended Akai Paella Maki (P380), which, as the name suggests, is a Spanish-inspired combination of red paella rice and grilled chicken drizzled with aioli sauce.

 

Soru Izakaya is at 40 Maginhawa Street, Quezon City.

 


 

Takashi

You might already have heard of Takashi being responsible for some of the cutest Japanese animal-shaped rice meals Manila has ever seen. And while they’ve got dishes to satisfy even the choosiest of Japanese-food fans, their extensive sushi menu also deserves the spotlight. Their Spam Musubi (P160) and Chirashi Sushi (P295) have always been crowd favorites, but their Shrimp Hot Roll (P270) and Dynamite Maki (P240) are strong runners-up!

 

See a list of Takashi branches.

 


 

ROKU Sushi + Ramen

When those hankerings for ramen or sushi just won’t stop, you might want to head to ROKU Sushi + Ramen quick. With unique but equally mouthwatering creations behind hard-to-beat prices, ROKU has over 20 different kinds of sushi rolls—yes, 20—to choose from. And in case you don’t know where to start, we heard their Dream Roll (P259) is an absolute dream (pun intended) for salmon and kani lovers, while the ROKU Roll (P259), made with tuna, salmon, and spicy kani makes for a great seafood party in your tummy.

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ROKU is at 5/F Oracle Hotel building, 317 Katipunan Avenue, Loyola Heights, Quezon City.

 


 

Koku

Koku is just the place if you want a quiet retreat amid the busy-ness of the city. The restaurant offers a wide range of sushi rolls like the ubiquitous California maki. But they also have their own unique takes on dishes you wouldn’t want to miss. To see what we mean, get a load of their sushi pizzas, a crispy rice patty that’s sprinkled with familiar sushi fillings—take your pick from their California Pizza (P288) (or the pizza version of a beloved Cali-maki), Spicy Tuna (P328), and Salmon and Cream Cheese (P348) variants.

 

Koku is at G/F Two Central, 109 Valero Street, Salcedo Village, Makati City.

 

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Agezuki

If you’re often around Katipunan, you might have seen this hidden gem sitting among the countless other food places around the area. Agezuki is a casual Japanese restaurant with a straightforward menu that covers all the basics, making it a great place for when you’re craving a specific kind of sushi. Their Salmon Torch Nigiri (P230) and Black Mamba Roll (P250) have earned plenty of praise—and considering the generous serving for the price, you’ll probably be tempted to order everything off the menu.

 

Agezuki has branches at 83 Katipunan Avenue, Barangay White Plains, Quezon City; and G/F Harbor Square, CCP Complex, Malate, Manila.

 


 

Keizo

They're constantly packed, which is just an indication that the huge menu and laid-back ambience make Keizo a great place to hit up for no-frills Japanese dishes. It doesn’t hurt that their maki menu is a great mix of the classic and new, too! Here, you can get your affordable and go-to fix of California Maki (P200) and Spicy Tuna (P250), but if you’re up for a small splurge, don’t miss out on their Futomaki (P480), which features tuna, salmon, kani, and a Japanese omelette all rolled into one!

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Keizo is at Unit 1, Kensington Place, 2nd Avenue Crescent Park, Burgos Circle, Taguig City.

 


 

Sushi Bella

Sushi Bella is a Korean-owned Japanese restaurant in Poblacion, so you’ll definitely find an interesting combination of flavors here. You’ll find that their menu features a wide range of well-known Japanese dishes, but their extensive sushi menu is just as impressive. Spicy food lovers shouldn’t leave without trying the Volcano Roll (P249), putting spicy tuna in the center. You can even try their house special: The Bella Roll (P389), or a generous combination of crab, avocado, tuna, salmon, and shrimp for that little taste of everything all in one bite.

 

Sushi Bella is at 5650 Don Pedro Street, Poblacion, Makati City.

 


 

Ebi 10

In case you haven’t already heard, Ebi 10 makes some pretty kick-ass ebi tempura. But that doesn’t mean the rest of their menu doesn’t deserve any of the limelight! We’re definitely talking about their sushi rolls, especially if you want a break from their irresistible deep-fried creations. Just look at their Salmon Aburi (P180), drizzled with a generous serving of sauce to hit all the right spots. And have you seen their Spicy Salmon Roll (P260), loaded with all that crunchy tempura flakes?

 

Ebi 10 is at 5779 Felipe Street, Poblacion, Makati City.

 


 

Haru

Haru is a popular Japanese restaurant in Kapitolyo where tradition and creativity meet. You can expect that their unique take on Japanese dining makes sure your first visit won’t be your last. The place has a very old-Kyoto vibe to it, complete with bright, springtime colors, huge Japanese parasols, and even servers dressed in kimonos. Their food also has a touch of more inventive elements that still work amazingly well. Just have a look at their long list of sushi! We’re currently drooling over their Tuna Avocado (P420) and Mango Cheese Maki (P420).

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Haru Kapitolyo is at 21 West Capitol Drive, Barangay Kapitolyo, Pasig City.

 


 

Mr. Roboto

This modern robot-themed restaurant definitely strays from the more traditional Japanese joints in the Metro, but one taste of Mr. Roboto’s signature meals will assure you that this place is worth the trip to the South. While most of the dishes they whip up seem innovative, everything still rings with a familiarity to keep you coming back. You’ll have a feast with all their nigiri options like the Ika Nigiri (P220) or the Maguro Nigiri (P245) but if you’re craving one whole roll, you might want to get their bestseller: The Mr. Roboto Maki (P280), which highlights all the goodness of tuna on a generous bed of delicate sushi rice.

 

Mr. Roboto is at UG/F Alabang Town Center Corporate Center, Madrigal Avenue, Muntinlupa City.

 

 

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