I celebrated my birthday with a vacation leave that Paolo & I used to scour the mall and get done with 90% of our Christmas gifting list. When Friday tumbled, we decided to keep the weekends with both of our families by treating them out to lunch. Saturday was for the Franciscos while Sunday was for the Zafras. Our first food detour was in Little Tokyo.
Little Tokyo is a small alley where several Japanese bistros rub elbows with each other. True to its name, the place screams Japan from interior, fixtures, its throng of Japanese customers, and even some food servers who speak in glib Nihonggo.
Kagura Oko Nomi-Yaki Location: Little Tokyo, Makati Price Range: Php 60 – Php 400 Passable budget per head: Php 300 Striking Eats: Okonomiyaki (duh)
Aside from the restaurants, the Japanese groceries which are just a few walks from here are worth visiting if you fancy cooking or just want to stock on Japanese snacks & drinks. We forgot to take a picture but we bought a Kirin milk tea in Chotto Stop for Php 70.00 which tasted exactly like another bottled milk tea in 7 Eleven that costs only around Php 40.00. (While both are inferior to Schlurp; the green one!)Btw “chotto,” could be used in different contexts. When used alone, it is meant to demand attention; something like “Hey!” So it could be “Hey! Stop.” But also, it could mean “little” (since the grocery is small? or maybe because going here is usually just a short stop?). Guessing aside, the name is cute no?
Little Tokyo is small yet we weren’t able to try all of its bistros since the servings we had in Kagura and Hana were intestinally overwhelming. But happy that we are with our first experience, we’ll come back again to check the other restos and hopefully be emotionally & abdominally overwhelmed again. 🙂Little Tokyo is located beside Makati Cinema Square which is in Pasong Tamo cor. Pasay Road. Makati-based drivers definitely know the place. If not, just say Makati Cinema Square and there’s just no way they won’t know it. For detailed commuting/driving reference on how to get to Little Tokyo, kindly click here.