Oishinbo, Little Tokyo

A big THANK YOU to all of you who have recommended the best places to eat in Little Tokyo! <3 So far, we’ve only been able to try 3: Hana (full meal), Kagura (japanese pancake only), and now Oishinbo.


Ate requested to see a particular art showing featuring Mich Dulce’s work in Chino Roces, Makati, right after her prelims so I thought we might as well have lunch first & explore Little Tokyo to get another restaurant off my very long list before going to the gallery. (Mich Dulce’s Art Show entitled “One Day I’ll Be Everything You Ever Wanted” is up on my next post.)



My girls in pretty colors! <3
They look like japanese dolls hanging amongst the other ornaments.


I would suggest that young ladies always be escorted by a parent, a male friend or relative when dining in Little Tokyo. Especially at night.
It’s not a very conducive place for single respectable ladies as the restaurants have mostly male customers with lustful, wandering eyes.
We went during lunch time & our restaurant was filled with the male population.



Only 3 were open for lunch. 2 of which we’ve already tried. Luckily, Oishinbo was the third.







Peekaboo! Ate took a picture of me taking a picture outdoors! :P



I wanted to try their sake to go with my japanese meal but it was too early in the day for booze. :P



We were VERY happy & satisfied with our orders..




Futomaki 300 php. So worth it. Can you see the GIANT pieces? And 8 to boot. I was really smiling ear to ear! ;)
So far, the sushi makis we have tried in the Little Tokyo area are big in size. Almost twice as big as the ones in restaurants outside the quaint mini japanese village.



See? JUMBO! And packed with assorted fillings.



Spicy Tuna Maki 298 php



Gyoza 180 php



Korokke 240 php. Could have done without. Tokyo Tokyo’s potato Balls tasted better.


My very lovely girls. <3



Yasai Itame 240 php



Beef Teppan (local meat) 430 php
I expected the beef to be a bit tough since our server said they only had local beef that day.
But it was a pleasant surprise when the beef was not only tender but juicy too. <3






I think the star of our lunch was the Ebi Tempura 390 php/4 pcs.
The prawns were HUGE, the batter light & fluffy.
Manong has outdone himself with our Ebi Tempura with 1 veggie mix! <3




Hana also serves Jumbo Prawns like this one



Oishinbo is known for their yakitori, so I made sure we included a variety in our order.





Sasami 60 php, Negima 70 php, Tongari 90 php, and Gizzard 60 php




Miso Chicken Yakitori 70 php



and of course, ate’s as-skinny-as-her Asparayaki 90 php.
All I could say when I saw it was.. UTANG NA LOOB! @_@


Not bad, under 3k for all the food above! m/
I know, I know. Quite surprising for just 3 girls eh?



And because I haven’t been able to try the japanese ice cream, DOJO, every time we visited Little tokyo, I made sure that this particular haunt, I would finally get to taste one for dessert!


Dojo Ice Cream, claimed to be the best of its kind & is considered an artisan ice cream, comes in three sizes: 8 oz (P220), 16 oz/1 pint (P450) and 32 oz./1 quart (P850). A bit pricier than its contemporary ice cream brands, Dojo comes is 10 flavors: Green Tea, Black Sesame, Wasabi, Wasabi Light, Miso Sake, Seaweed, Blue Cheese, Buttercream, Lemon, and Strawberry Banana.


You can also buy the japanese ice cream online from their website and they will deliver it right to your doorstep.


Dojo Dairy Japanese Ice Cream

telephone: 0918-888-DOJO (3656)

Instagram & Twitter: dojodairy

Website: http://dojodairy.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DojoDairy



I got the 8 oz. Strawberry Banana at 230 php.
It was different than I’m accustomed to, with the banana overpowering the strawberry.
It was okay, not my flavor.
Next time I’d like to try the Buttercream with glazed roasted almonds. Maybe I’ll like it better.



Since I was concentrating hard on not skipping DOJO Japanese Ice Cream, I forgot to make a stop at the japanese grocery store which I’ve been told is a must-visit!!! I’m REALLY getting old! @_@ I guess I have to reserve that AGAIN for the next time we visit! :P I wanna try either Riozen or Kagura (and not just for the pancakes). Any opinions on those 2 restos? :)

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  • Reply Michelle Melo (@michymichymoo)

    Natawa naman ako sa asparayaki ni ate. hahaha. The meat was grilled naman so healthy naman yun, Ate. You need some protein. :)

    February 4, 2014 at 8:45 am
  • Reply ewok1993

    do you have a clue why the clientele is mostly male? i would have thought that sushi/jap cuisine is more popular with the female population di ba?

    February 4, 2014 at 8:56 am
    • Reply Sugar and Spice

      I have no idea maria. Pero the 3x that we’ve been there, isama na natin yung Sereyna outside, madami talagang guys, I noticed. :P

      February 4, 2014 at 9:56 am
  • Reply Med Tan (@Dandasha_8D)

    That’s your one and only photo? I didn’t get to see your OOTD!
    Luv the girls’ outfits, parang nasa Harajuku Japan sila (1st photo).
    Now I’m craving for some Japanese food… huhuhuhu!!!

    February 4, 2014 at 1:14 pm
    • Reply Sugar and Spice

      Gorabels na meding super sarap their jumbo ebi tempura! <3

      February 4, 2014 at 2:29 pm
    • Reply Sugar and Spice

      i’m always craving for japanese food. Sige na meding mag-aral ka na pls so i can be your taste tester aaralin ko talaga ang daan papunta sa bahay mo! :))

      February 5, 2014 at 8:20 am
  • Reply Didi T

    Ang sarap niyo kumain! We really need to eat out talaga.. With Kathlyn! :) Nagutom tuloy ako! Hahaha..

    Love, Didi

    February 4, 2014 at 4:44 pm
    • Reply Sugar and Spice

      Hay naku baka naman parang ibon lang kayo kumain ni kath. Lugi kayo sa akin hahaha.

      February 5, 2014 at 8:16 am
  • Reply Kass Micu

    Mommy Jane, that is my favorite restaurant sa Little Tokyo. Pag naubos nyo na ang Little Tokyo, tawid kayo sa Herald Suites for Hatsu Hana Tei ;)

    I want Japanese food tuloy! :(

    February 4, 2014 at 7:10 pm
    • Reply Sugar and Spice

      oo nga talagang iisa-isahin namin sa little tokyo grabe ang sarap ng jap food nila. Sana one day we will get to try your reco as well haha. Baka summer pag wala na pasok mga kids we can go food-trippin’ erriday ;))

      February 5, 2014 at 8:15 am

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