10 Great Japanese Restaurants You Can Only Find in Quezon City
The city is full of hidden gems!
(SPOT.ph) When it comes to the best and most authentic Japanese food, many might argue that they can only be found in Little Tokyo, a compound in Makati that’s home to all kinds of restaurants, mostly owned by Japanese chefs. But for those in the North who can’t—or frankly won’t—make the trek through traffic-choked EDSA, there are also a number of Japanese restaurants you can only find on this side of the Metro. They may not all be traditional, but they’ll satisfy those hankerings and more.
Ohayo Maki and Ramen Bar
This hidden gem may be tight and cozy, but what Ohayo lacks in size, it more than makes up for it with its impressively extensive menu. The sushi joint in Tomas Morato now offers almost everything at their New Manila branch, from ramen to gyoza to all kinds of
Ohayo Maki and Ramen Bar is at 30 Granada Avenue, Villa Ortigas II, Barangay Valencia, Quezon City.
Although Nomiya Izakaya is fashioned after traditional izakayas or small Japanese gastropubs, its menu is far from traditional. The owners like to experiment with lesser-known Japanese dishes, like the Ika Nuta, a whole raw squid that comes with an umami-rich miso sauce and wakame or seaweed. There’s also the Magic Mushrooms or deep-fried Shimeji mushrooms paired with a savory-nutty sesame dressing. Nomiya Izakaya also offers a Sushi of the Week, ensuring that each visit is a unique experience.
Nomiya Izakaya is at 36 Scout Tobias Street, Quezon City.
Quezon City is home to the Philippines’ first branch of a long-time Shibuya favorite. Although
Stepping inside 81 Seihai feels like entering a Japanese art gallery: The walls are adorned with all kinds of art, ranging from waves to dragons made in the traditional Japanese style. But the real stars at 81 Seihai are the sushi. You won’t find your typical sushi rolls here;
81 Seihai is at G/F President Tower, 81 Timog Avenue, Quezon City.
With a name that means "crazy" in Japanese, Kureji unsurprisingly offers more eclectic choices. The restaurant specializes in sizzling ramen, with noodles and broth served in stone bowls. Traditional flavors like Shoyu or Shio are available but if you're feeling adventurous, try out the Sizzling Tomato Seafood Ramen, which comes out tasting like spaghetti in ramen form.
Kureji is at 4/F Ayala Malls Vertis North, Quezon City.
Helmed by a Japanese chef (whom the restaurant is actually named after), Yutaka Izakaya offers top-grade sushi at affordable prices. The place is casual and budget-friendly as it mostly
Yutaka Izakaya is at Unit A, Aurora Arcade, 41 Aurora Boulevard, Santa Mesa, Quezon City.
Though sometimes overlooked by its Korean counterpart, Japanese barbecue also deserves a place in people’s hearts. For a luxe
Mitasu Yakiniku is at 785 Banawe Street, Quezon City.
Roku Sushi + Ramen
A regular haunt for Katipunan students, Roku is rightfully best known for their sushi. Make sure to check out their specialty rolls, like the Firecracker Roll, a spicy salmon maki with crunch and a fiery punch; the Mexican-inspired Jalapeño Popper, a deep-fried jalapeño-cream-cheese-and-salmon
Roku Sushi + Ramen is at 5/F Oracle Hotel & Residences, Katipunan Avenue, Loyola Heights, Quezon City.
Oedo Japanese Restaurant
For a wide range of Japanese staples at affordable prices, you can count on Oedo Japanese Restaurant. The
Oedo Japanese Restaurant is at 105 Santo Domingo corner Seargant Alcaraz Avenue, Santo Domingo, Banawe, Quezon City.
Ikigai Kakigori Café
If Koreans have
Ikigai Kakigori Café is at POS Building, Scout Madriñan corner Tomas Morato Avenue, Quezon City.