Location: Central Bus. Dist. 2277 Pasong Tamo, Makati City, Chino Roces Ave, Legazpi Village, Makati, Metro Manila (near little Tokyo)
Price per pax: PHP 500-1000
When I went to Japan last October 2015, I went on a food trip and ate the best Wagyu beef ever. I can still remember the taste in my mouth. The beef was marbled and it definitely melts in your mouth. Aside from that, I was able to taste the freshest sashimi.
I’ve been looking for a restaurant in Manila that serves authentic Japanese food. Hopefully a restaurant that comes close to the restaurants I have tried in Japan. I recently discovered Kikufuji Izakaya. I know that a lot of people are familiar with the place because of its delicious and affordable food however I never really had a chance to try it back then because of its location.
Finally, my sister who lives in New York went home and brought me there for lunch last Valentine’s day and I was so happy because of what I had eaten. IT WAS HEAVEN!
I actually interviewed the guard and he told me that Izakaya Kikufuji is 20 years old. It is owned by a Japanese man. Also, the guard said that the manager of the restaurant is also Japanese but all their chefs are Filipino. Amazing right?
What we ordered:
This was so delicious because the beef melts in your mouth. It’s similar to the one I tried in Japan. This was the best for me because the beef was cooked perfectly and it’s really affordable too.
The eel was so fresh and the sauce was really delicious.
Best tempura I have ever tasted because the amount of batter was just right and the sauce was not bland.
This is my favorite salad ever so I make sure I order it everytime I eat in a Japanese restaurant. I really liked it because some restaurants put too much hot sauce and you can really taste it in your mouth. However, this dish is perfect because it wasn’t drowning in mayonnaise and it wasn’t extremely spicy.
This was really heavy. Make sure you’re with a lot of people because I couldn’t finish it myself. I really enjoyed it because the mangoes were really sweet.
Do I recommend this restaurant?
Definitely! This for me is the best Japanese restaurant in Manila. I brought my mom who is very particular with food and she told me that this is number one on her list. I even asked her to rate it and she said she would give it a 5/5. I would also give the same rating. The food is fresh and cooked perfectly. In addition, it’s very affordable. You should really try it! By the way, it’s always full so I suggest you go early because they only accept walk in.