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Must Try Japanese Restaurants In The Country

Must Try Japanese Restaurants In The Country
By Philippine Tatler
September 06, 2018
Japanese food is a constant go-to for a dine out, simply because it never fails! Whether you're craving for something savoury, sweet, or spicy, the wide variety of Japanese cuisine is perfect for every mood. Browse through our collection of restaurants from the #BestRestaurantsGuide2018 and plan out your next dining out experience!


A cool climate and Baguio Country Club’s surrounding verdant vistas up in the highlands is always relaxing and conducive to working up a healthy appetite—albeit for Japanese cuisine. 


The charming interiors of Hatsune mix old-world and modern elements that espouse a relaxing atmosphere.

Hide Yamamoto

A reimagining of Japanese culinary experiences through a multi-concept ambience, from an edomae sushi counter to teppanyaki and robatayaki grill sections, the chef Hide Yamamoto conjures subtle flavours and exciting combinations using fresh ingredients from Tsukiji and other parts of the world. 


In your quest for great Japanese food, do not miss out on Makati Shangri-La’s signature restaurant. It projects lightness and calm and delivers excellent authentic tasting food. The à la carte menu and the weekend buffets are legendary. 


The centralised kitchens dedicated to home-made pulled noodles and savoury bone-based broth have always been the strong suit of Ippudo’s comfortably outfitted Manila outlets, assuring the aspect of quality control is maximised. Offering a spectrum of ramen dishes from different regions of Japan, meals here can range from light to thoroughly hearty. 


The menu offers traditional Japanese gastronomy at its healthy best—absolutely fresh seafood, luscious and tender meat dishes, and superbly crispy tempura.


For the quintessential Filipinised version of the Japanese teppanyaki dining experience, go no further than this family favourite. The constant stream of patrons have left the furniture slightly worn, and years of flat plate grilling have left their mark and telltale food aromas on the flagship Greenbelt branch, but make no mistake about it. This restaurant is in a league of its own.


For a truly sophisticated kaiseki meal, make your way to Kyo-To, a high-end traditional Japanese restaurant, which has no name on its façade. Adopting a zen motif throughout—from its aesthetics to the entire dining experience, Kyo-To is a nice quiet escape. At the 12-seater bar, you will be served and eat right in front of the talented chef himself.


Hailing from Aoyama, Seiyokan in Japan where it first opened in 1965, the famous tonkatsu chain brings the same dining experience as what you'd expect from the Land of the Rising Sun.

Minami Saki

The high standard of freshness and quality of ingredients, the delightfully inventive food presentations, and the legendary wizardry of the chef, Kimito Katagiri.


This quaint nook located in Legaspi village is a perfect place to find respite in bustling Makati. Enjoy the mellow din on Nikkei and treat yourself to a glass of sake or wine. 

Nobu Manila

Located in the City of Dreams Manila complex, the stylish restaurant is an interesting place to experience fusion Japanese cuisine. Open daily, the staff are friendly and professional.

Ogetsu Hime

Located at SM Aura Premier and SM Megamall, satisfy your craving for incredibly good Japanese food. Matsusaka, Japan’s Best Beef, Japan’s Best Sushi : otoro, hotategai, Hamachi, engawa, amaebi, anago and more. 


Senju, meaning feast of a thousand pleasures, is true to its name. A special kaiseki meal of small tastings is quite delightful, if time is no object.


It’s wonderful to be in a restaurant that has been consistent with its taste and that still has the same experienced and efficient wait staff that it has had since its start. One feels like one has come home.

Teppan Okochi by Mangetsu Osaka

Helmed by the chef Akihiro Okochi, Teppan Okochi is an authentic fine dining experience in the heart of BGC’s business district that offers classically grilled fare and fresh seafood flown in directly from Japan.


One goes to Tsukiji for two things: its perfectly fresh seafood and the many years of assurance that it will be just so, every single time, as well as its top floor location, which also provides privacy for meetings. 

Tsumura Sushi Bar and Restaurant

Tsumura consistently offers exceptional Japanese fare. From its sashimi to its ice cream, and everything in between, this is a must for Japanese-loving foodies in Manila.


A picturesque zen garden is appropriate for one’s dining experience. The staff are friendly but perhaps still need to hone skills to know a bit more about their menu.

Yabu: House of Katsu

A picturesque zen garden is appropriate for one’s dining experience. The staff are friendly but perhaps still need to hone skills to know a bit more about their menu.


Japanese restaurants are few and far between in Manila's gaming and entertainment district. If the diner has a hankering for high-end Nippon cuisine, this is worth trying.


An ethereal dining experience of masterfully prepared authentic dishes in elegant surroundings of towering crystal Sakura, made more special by the attentive service of Shinji Sato, restaurant manager extraordinaire, and team.


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