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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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