10 Great Japanese Restaurants You Can Only Find in Alabang and Parañaque
Keep calm and eat sushi.
(SPOT.ph) Sometimes, you just have to travel and go out of your comfort zone for good food—even if it means braving the horrendous traffic. And with the plethora of Japanese restaurants in Manila, you’re sure to get your sushi fix wherever it may be, even if it’s down south. What’s particularly great about Alabang and Parañaque is most areas have Japanese joints you won’t find elsewhere. Keep scrolling because we’ve gathered some of the best places for Japanese, be it sushi or tempura, in the south side of the Metro. Prepare yourself for some good eats.
The name itself is a dead giveaway of what to expect from this vibrant cartoon-themed restaurant. Dining here would conjure feelings of nostalgia if you grew up watching Japanese animated shows like Voltes V, Daimos, Voltron, and Mazinger Z. You can’t miss the retro images of robots plastered on the walls and even on the serving trays, a reflection of how fun and colorful Japanese cuisine is. This homegrown restaurant, inspired by the song Mr. Roboto by Styx, dishes out visually-pleasing creations, like the Nori Nachos (P350) that uses nori chips instead of the usual tortilla, Mr. Roboto Chirashi (P695) with assorted sashimi and an aburi egg yolk over furikake sushi rice, and Lamb Katsu (P525), which pairs Australian ground lamb with either curry or gravy.
Mr. Roboto is at G/F ATC Corporate Center, Alabang, Muntinlupa City.
At Sushi Ninja, you’ll find that the minimalist décor is a good backdrop for their beautifully plated dishes. Aside from the expected traditional sushi, there are other unique offerings here like their best-selling Toshi Sushi or fried sushi balls. Take your palate on an adventure trip with the Okinawa-Toshi (P380), which features torched salmon and cream cheese that’s topped with truffle oil, a special sauce, and ebiko (roe). You’ll love the generous serving sizes here so tag your friends!
Sushi Ninja is at Westgate Center, Filinvest City, Muntinlupa City.
Teppanya offers an exciting dining experience where diners are treated to a teppanyaki show while waiting for their food. Mind you, they don’t just go through the motions of cooking, they actually put on a spectacle with the cooks’ culinary tricks and flame exhibitions. Craving sushi? Don’t leave without ordering their smoky Salmon Aburi with Cheese (P145/two pieces) and decadent Foie Gras Aburi (P295/two pieces). If you’re dining with a big group, go for the Starter Set (P3,895), which is good for six people. It comes with beef tenderloin, chicken, cream dory, shrimp, ebi tempura, and dessert of either banana flambé or crème brulée.
Teppanya is at 2/F Evia Lifestyle Center, Daang Hari Road, Alabang, Muntinlupa City.
Though the place seems unassuming, the menu is nothing but—probably because Chef Bruce Ricketts is at the helm here. If you go by first impressions, you’d think that this is a mini-mart instead of a restaurant, but this hole-in-the-wall continues to be one of the all-time favorites this side of town. Many rave about Sensei Sushi’s Ebi Tempura (P480), where big black tiger prawns are served heads on and with aonori (or green seaweed) and tempura sauce. The Salmon Belly Aburi (P390) is another must-try, with scallions, aromatic truffle oil, ikura, and a delicious soy-sauce reduction. Although the restaurant’s dessert selection is limited, you should still make room for the very unique Grilled Banana (P200) that highlights a frozen tofu cheesecake with miso, chocolate ganache, and togarashi.
Sensei Sushi is at 268 Aguirre Avenue, Phase 3, BF Homes, Parañaque City.
Miyazaki Japanese Restaurant
Miyazaki has the answers to your Japanese cravings, and they have a chill vibe to boot. This low-key restaurant at Molito offers a wide assortment of sashimi, tempura, agemono, yakitori, donburi, noodles, teppanyaki, and more. There’s even a whole page dedicated to just gyoza on the menu! Browsing through their extensive offerings could be exhausting, so better go for something special like the Ume Sashimi Moriawase (P690), a mixed platter that has a good selection of sashimi. If you want a bento (starts at P990) or kaiseki (starts at P1,400), you'll need to place your orders one day in advance.
Miyazaki is at Molito Commercial Complex, Alabang, Muntinlupa City.
Kessaku is a hidden gem that’s been serving south-side folks traditional Japanese dishes for a few years now. The restaurant boasts their massive Kessaku Sushi Boat (P950), which includes assorted sushi, sashimi, and makimono, all artistically plated on a miniature wooden boat. One of the latest treats on the menu? The Wagyu Cubes Teppandon (P245), which is a complete meal with six melt-in-your-mouth pieces of beefy goodness, steaming white rice, and bean sprouts. Pair your meal with some sake or Japanese beer—you’ll be dreaming about this for days.
Kessaku is at G/F Commerce Center, Commerce Avenue corner Filinvest Avenue, Filinvest City, Muntinlupa City.
If you’re simply looking for no-frills Japanese food that won’t burn a hole in your wallet, then this neighborhood eatery will hit the spot. No need to dress up here; casual is the way to go. An order of eight-piece California Maki is just P140, while a hundred bucks can give you six savory pieces of gyoza—it’s hard to beat that. They also have a wide assortment of fresh-off-the-grill yakitori for those spur-of-the-moment beer nights!
Tatsunoko is at 452 El Grande Street, BF Homes, Parañaque City.
Nikumaru Japanese Restaurant
When you find yourself at this cozy little restaurant in BF Homes, grab a seat by the counter so you can watch the sushi chef in action. But if you prefer to grill your own yakiniku, go ahead and get a table. First-time visitors may feel overwhelmed by the restaurant’s long menu (the pictures help), so go with your gut, and sample their irresistible yakiniku like their buttery soft Wagyu Karubi (P420) or Wagyu Fillet (P700). Aside from sushi (trust us, they have a lot), noodles, and tempura, Nikumaru also has quite a selection of set meals with prices ranging from P250 to 450. These come with a bowl of rice, soup, salad, and side dish.
Nikumaru is at 205 Aguirre Avenue, BF Homes, Parañaque City.
For over a decade now, Hanakazu has been the go-to sushi place for residents in nearby areas. There’s nothing to nitpick about their sashimi and sushi, which uses some of the freshest seafood you can find in the area. Start off with the crowd-pleasing Ebi-Ten Maki (P300), with crunchy ebi tempura and a sprinkle of aonori on top, and follow it up with Wagyu Sashimi (P1,500). Though somewhat pricey, people still continue to rave about the restaurant’s dishes—a good thing if you ask us. You won’t regret ordering any of their fried and grilled seafood items, but if you want a little taste of everything, ask the servers about the weekly Lunch Specials (P390).
Hanakazu is at 108 Aguirre Avenue, BF Homes, Parañaque City.
You'd wonder why this restaurant is underrated despite their delectable dishes and pleasant ambience, not to mention a very hands-on Japanese owner. Sometimes you might just catch him completing an order of Shima’s Special (P250) sushi rolls, a medley of tuna, salmon, kani, egg, mango, and ebiko. Another must-try is the Kushiage Set (P200) under the menu’s Agemono section. The colorful display of fried skewers is made up of squid, shrimp, shiitake mushrooms, chicken, and oysters. At Shima, food is reasonably priced and service is great—it’s a recipe that will keep you coming back.
Shima is at 241 Aguirre Avenue, BF Homes, Parañaque City.