October 24, 2010

Little Tokyo

                Japanese food is my family’s favorite cuisine. So one Saturday morning, we decided to restaurant-hop at Little Tokyo.

                We arrived early, around 11 am and all the restaurants are still closed except for Choto-Stop, a Japanese mini-grocery with a little restaurant in the back.

                The little restaurant can accommodate about 20 persons. One wall is like a library with lots of books, magazines and DVDs to entertain the customers.

                Choto-Stop sells bento boxes for a very affordable price. Since we don’t know what’s good, we just ordered their bestsellers: Butashougayaki Bento and Beef Cube Steaks Bento.

                The Bento Box includes your ordered main entrée with Miso Soup, Salad, Pickled Radish, Rice and which is weird, 2 siomais and 1 sausage.

                The Butashougayaki is a thinly sliced pork sautéed with ginger and soy sauce. Choto-Stop’s version is okay but when partnered with their superb rice, which is really fragrant, becomes good.

                The other bento we ordered is the Beef Cube Steaks Bento. The Beef Cubes is really soft and tasty and we just can’t get enough of it. It just melts in your mouth and it tastes close to a Wagyu. The beef cubes really made our day.

                My sister is on the hunt for the best Okonomiyaki in town so for our next stop, it’s Kagura Restaurant.

                We sat in the bar so we can watch them cook our order: Okonomiyaki with Noodles.

                Kagura’s Okonomiyaki is one of the best I’ve tasted so far.

                Our last stop is Hana’s Restaurant to try their famous Takoyaki and Kakigori for dessert.

                We’ve been hearing about Hana’s Takoyaki for quite some time that it’s a must to try it on. Hana’s Takoyaki is quite big and you can really taste the octopus in it. This is the best takoyaki I’ve had so far.

                For our dessert, we ordered Green Tea Kakigori. A Kakigori is a famous Japanese dessert made from shaved ice flavored with syrup, sometimes with beans or ice cream.

                This one is really refreshing, specially on a hot summer day.

                Visit Little Tokyo at 2277 Pasong Tamo Corner Amorsolo Street, Makati City.

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