One thing Michelle and I can always agree on is Japanese food. Mind you, there isn't a lot that we do. Sitting dead smack in the hustle and bustle of the Makati CBD is one of our go-to izakaya, none other than Nihonbashitei.
To those unacquainted with izakayas, it's a pub-slash-restaurant-slash-do-whatever-the-hell-you-want-type-of-joint. In Japan, an izakaya is a place where people meet, mingle, and drink their heads off all in good clean fun. This is evident in Nihonbashitei as the shelves atop the sushi bar beside the common tables are lines and lines of sake bottles waiting for you to consume.
For the first-timers you might get overwhelmed with the massive array of dishes offered in the menu. By massive I mean, it has probably more than ten pages with little Japanese text, and not a lot of pictures to go on. But fear not young one, here we share our top picks. Treat it as a beginner's guide. We lead you on and you take your journey where you want it to go. Deal? Alright.
No visit to Nihonbashitei is complete without the famous Spicy Tuna Sashimi
Raw tuna in a thick spicy sauce topped with spicy tempura flakes. You can't go wrong with this one. Every time we go, this is the first thing that we order. It's really good I tell you, I'm salivating just thinking about it.
Nigiri Sushi Mori
This needs no introduction, you all know what a nigiri is I presume. The Nigiri Sushi Mori is akin to a tasting platter, it comes with an assortment of fish, ebi (shrimp), tamago (egg), uni (sea urchin), simple maki rolls, and a cup of miso soup. If you ever need to order just one thing, this is what I'd get.
When we got the Koebi Karaage we were reminded with our very own Nilasing na Hipon dish. Crispy fried shrimp accompanied with a soy sauce and vinegar dip, mmmm time to get another beer.
One of their best sellers, at least according to the waitress who told me; the Beef Teppan is a good entry point to someone who doesn't appreciate Japanese food. Beef slices and greens sautéed with a sweet and salty sauce served in a hot plate. This one is a no-brainer.
Last but definitely not the least is one of my personal favorites, the Zaru Soba. You see, soba is a type of noodle made with buckwheat flour. It isn't as chewy as regular noodles made with flour. It gives a very satisfying snap when bitten, and it tastes earthy and nutty. The noodles are served cold and is a god send on a hot summer day. The way I eat this is add the egg, wasabi, and spring onions onto the sauce, then place nori strips on the noodles. Grab your chopsticks and dip away. Yum!
So there you have it, an assortment of dishes to try and enjoy. I hope that this post somewhat gave you an idea of what Nihonbashitei offers. Did we miss your favorite dish? Let us know over at firstname.lastname@example.org!
Nihonbashitei is located at 1030 Antonio Arnaiz Ave, Makati, 1223 Metro Manila, opens at 11:00 AM and closes at 1 AM Sunday to Thursday, and 2 AM Friday and Saturday.