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Weekend Food Choices Week 15: A Japanese Walkabout Buffet

Weekend Food Choices:
1. Tsukiji
2. Sugi
3. Little Tokyo

Our Choice:

Hubby was craving for Japanese food, a lot of it, so we decided we would hit a J buffet!

This was our first time at little tokyo and walking through the gate and down the alley felt like we were suddenly back in Japan’s little streets

At the end of the narrow path was a square filled with tables and chairs, with different japanese restaurants on each side

We’ve already heard quite a few comments about Little Tokyo, majority of which were thumbs up for those seeking authentic japanese food and ambiance. The only reason it took us so long to try this place out is because of its location.

Now that we finally got to visit, we decided we would try all the food places by getting a dish from each restaurant, thus, our own Japanese walkabout buffet.

We began our merry food trip at Oishinbo.

The interior of Oishinbo is simple. A bar and a couple of tables that could sit 4 people each. We soon found out that this just about how all the restaurants in Little Tokyo looked like

We ordered a platter of 5 kinds of sushi and hot ocha

The sushi platter included my favorite, uni sushi

It was definitely a good start to a good dinner

Next we headed to Kagura

This restaurant specializes in the japanese pancake okonomiyaki.

The name okonomiyaki is derived from okonomi, meaning what you want and yaki meaning grilled. We were lucky enough to find ourselves at the bar where we had front row seats to how this dish was made.

Two chefs were working on the orders

The batter of okonomiyaki is made of flour and shredded cabbage and depending on what your ordered, the other ingredients are added

There’s also a variety, what they call the modern okonomiyaki, where noodles can be added

We decided to just go with the traditional okonomiyaki, with squid and egg and no noodles

The pancake was topped with a sweet dark sauce and a lighter one that seemed like japanese mayo

It was a good and healthy dish!

We transferred to the restaurant next door

Hanna specializes in takoyaki, grilled octopus, cooked right outside the restaurants door

The steaming delicious soft takoyaki balls arrived after 15 minutes of cooking

The soft japanese dimsum had chewy diced octopus and was delicious!

Hubby had wanted tonkotsu ramen and we were told that we could order from the other restaurants if we wanted and they would serve it where we were.

Our waiter confirmed that niko niko, the restaurant by the walkway entrance, had tonkotsu based ramen

She ordered the ramen for us and it was served in 5 minutes

The soup was simple but delicious

I also ordered tempura

And ended the delicious dinner with a light dessert of grape flavored shaved ice

It was a great night of good food! Definitely not your ordinary Japanese buffet!

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September 7, 2009 - Posted by | Gastronomic experience, Weekend Food Choices | , , , , , ,

11 Comments »

  1. I haven’t been to Little Tokyo in months, but all your pictures make me want to go there NOW and have a bowl of ramen along with a plate of okonomiyaki. :)

    Comment by Midge | September 8, 2009 | Reply

  2. we’ve been to little tokyo several weeks ago, and sampled that okonomiyaki from kagura and of course those takoyaki, sukiyaki plate and ramune flavored ice shaving from hana.

    my wife and i only found hana’s takoyaki a bit gingery but nonetheless, the quaint place, the ambiance and that feeling of somehow being in “tokyo” amidst that easily-flooded area in makati made the difference. :D

    Comment by docgelo | September 8, 2009 | Reply

  3. wow!! i like what you guys did!! i should suggest this to my hubby! :)_

    Comment by ula | September 8, 2009 | Reply

  4. Hi Midge! hubby and i will surely be back there soon because we didnt get to try the yakitori because we were sooo stuffed! i also want to taste the different okonomiyaki variants, which do you think is the best?

    Hi Doc! hmmm, i dont remember our takoyaki to be gingery but then again i may have gobbled it up too quickly! hahaha! what okonomiyaki did you get?

    Hi Ula! yes, do try it!! you’ll find a lot of good dishes there!

    Comment by mrs lavendula | September 8, 2009 | Reply

  5. champion talaga ang okonomiyaki ng kagura

    Comment by cody and elle | September 8, 2009 | Reply

  6. nice buffet you got there! how much was the okonomiyaki?

    Comment by jp | September 9, 2009 | Reply

  7. Hi, again! Squid and noodles modern-style is my favorite as far as Kagura’s okonomiyaki is concerned. :D

    Comment by Midge | September 9, 2009 | Reply

  8. Hi Doc, i want to try the ones with noodles next time, thanx for the link. i must have skipped this on your blog!

    Hi Midge! that i must try next time we are at Little Tokyo!

    Hi Cody and Elle, yup it was delicious! i tried the okonimyaki in Jipan, it was ok but Kagura has just the right texture and flavoring. The way they cook it right in front of you is not bad either! Its like sweet torture before you get your dish! hahaha!

    Hi JP, the squid and egg okonomiyaki is PhP210, the price range is from PhP210 to 300+ depending on the contents of your okonomiyaki. The modern okonomiyaki, the ones with noodles are more expensive because of the added ingredients i guess.

    Comment by mrs lavendula | September 9, 2009 | Reply

  9. I’m been meaning to go there for so long. Where do you park when goign to Little Tokyo?

    Comment by Richard | September 14, 2009 | Reply

  10. Hi Richard, you can park in front of makati cinema square or at mile long. we went there on a sunday evening around 6pm and it wasnt hard to find a parking slot at all, but when we left at around 9pm parking spaces were kind of full so i guess its best to go there a little early.

    Comment by mrs lavendula | September 14, 2009 | Reply


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