10 Best Spots for Gyudon You Can Order for Delivery

There's one with Wagyu and one with truffle.

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PHOTO BY Sarariman, The Grid Food Market ILLUSTRATION Warren Espejo

(SPOT.ph) Japanese cuisine is a treasure trove of all kinds of dishes—from fresh and succulent sashimi to sizzling-hot teppanyaki to hearty rice bowls. And as far as rice bowls go, gyudon arguably reigns supreme. It’s one of those eats that sounds simple on paper, with thinly sliced beef that’s simmered with onions in a slightly sweet and savory sauce served over rice. But oh, does it satisfy.

When done right, the simmered beef mix develops a soul-soothing tenderness and umami profile. The rice absorbs the remaining sauce, making it all the more flavorful. Many versions also include an egg—often either soft-boiled or poached—which contributes even more richness and balance out the savory meat, or additions like pickled ginger or leeks for contrast. Put them all together and you’ve got a bowl that always, always hits the spot. If you’re looking for great versions in Manila that you can get for delivery, these restaurants and online shops have you covered.

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You can get excellent gyudon delivered by ordering from these spots:

Ginza Gyu

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It’s all about Japanese-style rice bowls at Ginza Gyu, and one of their signatures happens to be the Gyudon (starts at P385). Here, thin slices of U.S. beef are braised to a drool-inducing tenderness with shiitake mushrooms that add its unmistakable umami to the mix. Served over steamed sasanishiki rice with a soft-boiled Japanese egg and house-made gari (pickled ginger), it’s all a happy party in a bowl. If you really love your beef, you can also go for the Wagyu Gyudon G6 Bowl (P640), where you get the same components, except that it uses even-more-premium Grade 6 Kitayama Wagyu. Just head to their website to get your fix.

For orders, visit Ginza Gyu’s website. You can also check out their Facebook page.

Izakaya Kikufuji

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Little Tokyo’s Izakaya Kikufuji is a no-fail choice for almost any Japanese dish—including rice bowls, like the Gyudon (P320). Their version is satisfying in its very simplicity, with savory-sweet stewed beef and pickled ginger on warm rice—just like what you’d find at a Japanese home. You can give one of their hotlines a call to place an order, and book a rider to pick it up from their Makati outpost.

For orders, contact 8893-6141, 0967-442-9888, or 0920-830-1888. You can also check out their Facebook page.

Wagyu Studio

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Really looking to treat yourself? It doesn’t get any more luxe than Wagyu Studio’s Gyudon (P1,680), which is part of the contemporary Japanese spot’s takeaway menu. Wagyu Studio, of course, is known for serving no less than the best Japanese beef—and true to that philosophy, their gyudon uses Kobe Wagyu from the renowned Tanaka farm (raised by award-winning farmer Kyuko Tanaka) for a truly rich, melt-in-your-mouth bite. You can reach out to one of their numbers to place an order.

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For orders, contact 0917-180-0657 or 0916-365-8084. You can also check out their Instagram page.

Kodawari

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This small shop has essentially just two items on their menu, their flagship item being the Gyudon (P800/half tray, P1,600/full tray). Yup, these come in trays, and you might nitpick that that essentially disqualifies it from being called gyudon (the -don bit refers to donburi, which literally means bowl)—but when you’ve got succulent and flavorful beef strips, 63-degree eggs with yolks that stay golden and runny, and warm Japanese rice that absorbs all the beef’s juices, is that even really an issue? It’s also worth noting Kodawari’s one-of-a-kind twist of adding fried talbos ng kamote, which contributes an earthy profile that goes well with the beef. You also don’t want to miss their Shroomdon (P1,100/half tray, P2,200/full tray), by the way, which is essentially the Gyudon’s meatless mushroom-based cousin. Just send Kodawari a message for orders.

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For orders, send a message to Kodawari on Facebook or Instagram.

Also read: Steak, Seafood, Ribs + More: The Best Food Trays to Order in Manila

Kazunori

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Kazunori dishes out amazing renditions of Japanese classics using premium ingredients, and their Gyudon (P1,000) is no exception. They use Wagyu short plate beef that’s cooked just until tender and juicy, and served with a poached egg and Japanese rice. For a leveled-up bite, you can also go for the Beef Truffle Don (P1,300), which has beef in multiple forms—including strips, cubes, and ground—and is scented with earthy and aromatic truffle. You can give them a call to try these bowls for yourself.

For orders, contact 0917-836-2695, 0968-773-3633, or 7746-1780. You can also check out their Facebook page.

Tsuke-Men

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The Grid’s resident Japanese stall might be best known for their ramen, but their Gyudon (P350) shouldn’t be missed. You'd find a generous amount of sweet-umami beef strips simmered with onions in a shoyu sauce and a runny egg on top of rice that makes for homey, soul-soothing spoonfuls. Visit The Grid’s delivery website to get your fix.

For orders, visit Tsuke-Men on The Grid Food Market’s website. You can also check out their Facebook page.

Sarariman

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Sarariman pays tribute to humble everyday Japanese fare like sandwiches and rice bowls. They’re known for their Gyu Don (starts at P220/regular), which showcases more color and texture than most versions. Sitting atop Japanese rice is flavorful beef yakiniku—but also soy-glazed carrots, bean sprouts, nori, and pickled red onions for some texture, umami, and tanginess amid the beef’s savory-sweet profile. It’s also got a runny onsen egg, whose yolk flows over willingly as you break it open. Hit up their website to place an order.

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For orders, visit Sarariman’s website. You can also check out their Facebook page.

Ohayo Maki and Ramen Bar

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Yup, there’s more to Ohayo than just their famous rolls and noodles; you ought to try their Beef Gyudon (P330) as well. It’s got tender beef simmered in their teppanhaki sauce, thin slices of carrots that are slightly soft, leeks, and a delicate sous-vide egg that’s waiting to be broken open, all perched atop steaming hot rice. You can give them a call or find them on GrabFood to place an order.

For orders, contact 8280-9657 or find Ohayo Maki and Ramen Bar on GrabFood. You can also check out their Facebook page.

Tsukiji

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Tsukiji’s got a great hand across different Japanese classics—they’re best known for their sushi and sashimi, but their rice bowls are also excellent. Their take on Gyudon (P850) uses U.S. beef simmered with onions for a soft and flavorful bite that’s echoed by the warm rice. This is available from Tuesdays to Sundays; you can message their hotline at least three hours in advance to order, and book a courier to pick it up from their outpost in Makati.

For orders, contact 0995-617-9209. You can also check out Tsukiji Japanese Restaurant - Makati’s Facebook page.

Ooma

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Ooma is one of the few places that strikes that balance between giving Japanese classics modern twists—but still delivering the soulful flavors of tradition. Their Gyudon (P345) stays fairly close to classic versions with moist slices of beef short plate slices, shiitake mushrooms, and onion, but also brings in a most welcome textural contrast by way of crispy fried shallots and a fried egg. You can visit Moment Food, a.k.a. the delivery website of their mother company The Moment Group, for orders.

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For orders, visit Ooma on Moment Food. You can also check out their Facebook page.

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