Have you been wondering where to find authentic Japanese food? #DineInSM because we’ve got you covered!
Japan is known for its beautiful scenery, rich history, and iconic pop culture. It comes as no surprise that the country’s cuisine is just as diverse.
There’s just something about Japanese food that hits the spot. That certain umami flavor keeps people’s taste buds wanting more. So go ahead, don’t hesitate to satisfy your cravings!
From traditional favorites such as ramen and sushi, all the way down to innovative dishes that not a lot of people have heard of, we’ve rounded up some restaurants that offer authentic Japanese food.
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There’s no doubt that ramen is the most popular dish in Japan. If you’ve ever visited the country, you’ll agree that its cities have numerous restaurants that serve ramen.
Ramen consists of wheat noodles, savory broth, and different toppings. While you might be used to seeing cheap and pre-packaged ramen, making authentic ramen requires trained chefs to make a high-quality broth from scratch.
Hailing all the way from Tokyo, Ramen Nagi has been the staple ramen choice in Manila since its opening in 2014. The restaurant never fails to offer diners the ultimate Japanese experience with a ramen bowl made using the finest ingredients.
Their best-sellers are the Original King Butao, Black King Ramen Kuroo, and Green King Midorio. The best part about it? Ramen Nagi goes the extra mile in providing the ultimate Japanese cuisine experience by letting you fully-customize your ramen bowl. Drop by Ramen Nagi in SM Mall of Asia to have a taste of their crowd favorites.
One simply doesn’t have one ramen chain option. Ramen Kuroda offers delicious and affordable ramen bowls that are crafted with passion and effort.
It’s important to remember that authentic ramen doesn’t have to break your bank. In fact, ramen bowls in Japan are sold at a cheap price.
If you plan on sticking to a budget yet still want to enjoy quality ramen, visit Ramen Kuroda at SM City North EDSA or SM City Marikina! Enjoy their bestsellers for a reasonable price such as Aka Ramen and Kuro Ramen.
Tenya Tempura Tendon
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If you love crispy fried food, then you will definitely love tempura! Tempura is a common dish in Japan that’s made with deep-fried vegetables or seafood. It can be eaten by itself with a tentsuyu sauce or served in a rice bowl.
Tenya Tempura Tendon is a franchise that specializes in deep-fried Japanese dishes. Their black tiger prawn tempura is a favorite among customers.
You can get this dish option as part of their different teishoku meals. If you want to enjoy it alone, you can opt for the Asakusa Special Tempura Basket! It has three black tiger prawn tempuras, green beans, and kakiage perfect for filling up your hungry belly. Tenya Philippines is back to welcome dine-in customers in SM Megamall, SM Mall of Asia and SM Southmall.
Yabu: House of Katsu
Ever since Yabu opened, it has been creating a buzz in the Manila dining scene. Whether you’re a Japanese food enthusiast or not, their dishes will never cease to impress.
Yabu serves katsu, which are deep-fried pork cutlets. They ensure that every cutlet is crispy on the outside but soft on the inside. All of the katsu sets offered come with unlimited pickles, cabbage, fresh fruits, miso soup, and choices of brown or white rice.
While you wait for your order, they will serve a bowl of sesame seeds that you would need to grind. This provides patrons with an authentic experience and a time to ensure that the flavors of the katsu match your version of the special sauce.
Yabu chefs were trained by Chef Kazuya Tekada, a master of katsu originally from Japan. This is what allows the restaurant to boast premium Japanese katsu dishes. Fill your belly with their delicious katsu sets by heading to Yabu SM Aura Premier or SM Southmall.
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Sushi is one of the first food items that come to mind when we think about Japanese cuisine.
As a traditional dish, it is prepared with vinegared rice and accompanied with a variety of ingredients such as vegetables and seafood that is often raw. The presentations of sushi vary widely, but the key ingredient is sushi rice.
Genki Sushi is a popular food chain because it elevates the Japanese dining experience. It is a chain of conveyor belt sushi restaurants established in Japan back in 1990. But, the factor that truly makes the dishes authentic is that the ingredients come directly from Japan!
Simply select your order from their tablets and a bullet train will deliver the dishes right to your table! Although they offer a variety of dishes, the Seared Salmon, Egg Pollock Roll, Spicy Salmon Sushi, and River Eel Sushi are their best-sellers worth trying! Experience a fun way of dining by visiting Genki Sushi at SM City North EDSA, SM Megamall and SM Aura Premier.
The term “authentic” gets tossed around plenty of times in the food industry. This is especially true when it comes to Japanese cuisine. So if you’re wondering about where to find authentic Japanese food, check out the five places we stated above. #DineInSM and visit all these branches today!