Birthday dinner at Maisen SM North Edsa

I can’t keep up with so many new restos popping up lately. As they say, so many restos, so little time, and just one tummy to fill. Whenever we’re in SM North Edsa, we usually eat at the usual places. But when I saw Maisen, I knew that I had to try this, I’m just waiting for a special occasion. Finally, my birthday came and it’s a Maisen dinner for us.

Maisen is one of the finest tonkatsu restaurant in Japan and Ben Chan brought it here in Manila. The facade is really warm and inviting.

maisen sm north edsa

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Tenya Philippines opens 3rd branch at Market! Market!

Tempura Tendon Tenya, the no. 1 tendon restaurant chain in Japan, continues to spread tempura perfection as it opens its third branch at Market! Market!.

tenya market market bgc

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Hokkaido Ramen Santouka at SM Mall of Asia

I’ve been meaning to try Hokkaido Ramen Santouka when I first learned that they opened in Glorietta. But I was discouraged when I was told to prepare to line up when I go there. So I just waited for the hype to die down. Well, no more waiting for me because Hokkaido Ramen Santouka is now open at SM Mall of Asia.

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King Katsu for affordable katsu cravings

Have you noticed that Japanese restaurants and Japanese-inspired dishes are the trend these days? Aside from ramen, restaurants specializing in Katsu are beginning to thrive in the restaurant scene. One of the new players is King Katsu, I had the pleasure to be in a food tasting event at their SM Sky Garden branch. Trivia: King Katsu owners is not new to the restaurant business, they own Big Better Burgers too. 

King Katsu, SM Sky Garden branch

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Ramen Yushoken at Molito, Alabang

I think I found my new number one ramen joint, and even if it’s a long drive down South, the comforting bowl of their ramen is worth it.

No Western utensils, use your chopsticks

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Ryu Ramen & Curry

This is another ramen post by a ramen lover, yours truly.

I first learned about Ryu Ramen & Curry after watching an episode of Poptalk last year. The next day, we found ourselves slurping a hot bowl of spicy ramen inside the restaurant. Ryu Ramen & Curry is just along Tomas Morato and we didn’t have a hard time finding the place. Parking might be a challenge though especially during peak hours.

Ryu Ramen & Curry is beside California Berry

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Kimono Ken

While at SM The Block, we decided to have dinner except at Mexicali. I told Jeff our faces are already familiar there and they know our orders even before reaching the counters, haha. So we searched for our next candidate resto, we saw Kimono Ken, it’s pretty packed so the food must be good. I got overwhelmed with their menu because of the variety of choices, from the sushi, sashimi, maki, chicken/pork/beef, and ramen.

I settled for Kimono Roll, it has mango, spicy tuna and tempura.

Kimono Roll

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Oh Teriyaki Boy

We’re fans of Sizzling Pepper Steak but sometimes, we get tired of their sizzling menu so we gave it’s sister restaurant a try, Teriyaki Boy. I salute their management in dividing the area of the restaurants into two places with distinctive style. In the North Edsa branch, I love the circular sofas inside Teriyaki Boy, perfect for group dining. The air conditioners are also not affected by the smoke that comes from the food at Sizzling Pepper Steak.

I had rice toppings while Jeff got their ramen.

Teriyaki Boy Chicken Ju

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Since January, the concessionaire who sells lunch and merienda in our office building ended their contract. There’s a new seller but we don’t like the taste and just by the looks of all their cooked meals, they’re all rather unappealing. So aside from the good ol’ McDonalds, KFC and the foodcourt at ELJ  Building, we also frequent Makisushi. Makisushi has been existent since I worked in QC but never really paid attention until months ago.


Makisushi interior (photo borrowed from their website)

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Sakae Sushi: Eat-all-you-can Sushi Buffet

While everybody at SM Mall of Asia went trick-or-treating, we spent it with a sumptuous sushi overload at Sakae Sushi. They have an Eat-all-you-can Sushi Buffet from 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm, Php 399 for adults, Php 299 for senior citizens, and Php 199 for kids. Sakae Sushi in Mall of Asia has the longest conveyor belt among its branches and so most likely, it has more sushi selections.

sushi conveyor belt at Sakae Sushi

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