I have a fondness for Japanese cuisine. My love affair started with its tuna (maguro) sashimi. I like the simplicity of its dishes but are oh, so flavorful.
Over the holiday, we had a lovely staycation at the Diamond Hotel. When dinner time came, we opted to go out, take a stroll (although I insisted we drive) but the hubby won, so we searched on foot. Initially, I wanted ramen so I was searching Ukokkei through foursquare for directions. But as we walked just a few meters from the hotel, we were greeted by the savory sign of Nihonbashi Tei.
Our friends have raved about its sister branch (Arnaiz Ave., Makati) but we haven't found the time to eat there. So, this seemed like destiny. Hihihi.
Now, don't be deceived by its "unsavory" looking menu (it feels like it has seen far too many hands and better days). And if you're a non-smoker, ask to seated somewhere else because the entire restaurant is one freaking smoking area. Most people who dine are cigar-smoking Japanese nationals with Filipino colleagues or friends. We saw some earnestly conducting business while dining at the Japanese-style dining area.
We got transferred to one of the VIP Rooms. Yay! We were able to eat in peace, at a leisurely pace and without so many eyes looking at the amount of food we stuffed ourselves in.
|The largest chunk of tuna sashimi I've ever been served! (P160)|
|Fried Gyoza (P|
|This katsudon fed two people.|
|Seafood Ramen. Oishi!|
All these for only P918 pesos. So, for casual Japanese dining, try Nihonbashi Tei. It's easy on the pocket but big on taste.
483 Pedro Gil St Ermita, Manila
1030 Arnaiz Ave., San Lorenzo
(02) 889 9733