After ate & I celebrated her birthday dinner at Seryna, I’ve always thought about going back to see what’s behind that red arch at Little Tokyo.
When the fambam & I were given a complimentary staycation at Makati ShangriLa, Manila, it was the perfect opportunity to visit every nook & cranny of this small japanese village.
Little Tokyo is comprised of small japanese restaurants with both indoor & outdoor seating. Being an aircon kind of girl, I opted to be seated inside HANA, one of the small restaurants inside Little Tokyo. You’ll know it’s HANA when you see a takoyaki griddle right beside its door.
Hana is known for its takoyaki & shaved ice, kakigori. Hana’s takoyaki (octopus bits, ortako, in batter and vegetables) is said to be the best in the metro, priced at 120 php/6 pieces. For P80, you’ll get a big bowl of kakigori drizzled generously with your choice of syrup (it comes in strawberry, lemon, ramune or Japanese soda, grape, melon, and peach). You could even add milk for an additional P10 or a scoop of ice cream for P50.
Little Tokyo, Pasong Tamo Street, Makati City. Tel. No. 339-3855
Hana is open for lunch at 11:30 AM to 2:30 PM and 5:30 to 10:30 PM for dinner on weekdays. On Saturdays, they’re open from 11:30 AM to 11:00 PM.
KAGURA, just beside Hana, is know for its japanese pancakes or okonomiyaki. Okonomiyaki is a chunky, savory pancake made with vegetables and your choice of fillings: pork, chicken skin, and octopus, among others.
Kagura delivers to any of the restaurants inside Little Tokyo. But if you choose to dine in Kagura itself, you’ll have fun with their decor—memorabilia of Japan’s Hanshin Tigers baseball team is displayed all over the restaurant.
Unit 2 Little Tokyo, Pasong Tamo, Makati City. Tel. No. 894-3856
Kagura is open for lunch at 11:30 to 2:30 PM and 6 PM to 10:30 PM for dinner on weekdays. On Saturdays, they’re open from 11:30 AM to 11:00 PM. Closed on Mondays.
Other Japanese restos within Little Tokyo:
Little Tokyo, 2277 Pasong Tamo, Makati City. Tel. No. 813-2210
Go for: Yakiniku (grilled beef sets starts at P1,500, good for 2 to 3 people)
Open from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. daily
The grilled beef sets at Urameshiya are pricey. Grilling is done at the table where you can take the plates of bite-sized beef perfectly seasoned with salt, pepper and garlic and grill them on your own. The grilled sets also come with a soup, salad and kimchi.
With low tables and tatami mats, Urameshiya’s interiors are cozy and quaint. It’s also best to ask the servers about the stars on their menu.
Oishinbou (formerly Miyakodori Japanese Restaurant)
Unit 6 Little Tokyo, 2227 Pasong Tamo, Makati City. Tel. No. 894-3744
Open for lunch at 11:00 a..m. to 2 p.m.; 5:00 a.m. to 1 a.m. for dinner
Legazpi Village, Makati(02) 894-3915
Unit 14 Little Tokyo 2277 Pasong Tamo, Makati City. Tel. No. 840-2741
Open for dinner only at 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
We were actually already seated at Nodasho, but Kap took one look at the menu & declared bankruptcy haha. So we transferred to the more affordable restos in Little Tokyo, which were Hana & Kagura. Those 2 places offered the least expensive food on the menu.
I would really love to try all the restos here starting with the Yakiniku place, Urameshiya. <3 What are your thoughts? Have you tried it yet? I would be happy to get some feedbacks. :)