Ikigai Kakigori Cafe

Pos Bldg., Sct. Madriñan St. cor. Tomas Morato Ave., Tomas Morato, Quezon City, Metro Manila

Ikigai Kakigori Cafe
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36 Reviewers

  • 5 stars 20
  • 4 stars 14
  • 3 stars 2
  • 2 stars 0
  • 1 star 0
  • 49 Reviews
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Category:
Japanese
Business Hours
Reopens: 12:00p - 11:00p
Phone
+6323271341

Hours

  • Sunday
    • 12:00p - 10:00p
  • Monday
    • Closed
  • Tuesday
    • 12:00p - 10:00p
  • Wednesday
    • 12:00p - 10:00p
  • Thursday
    • 12:00p - 10:00p
  • Friday
    • 12:00p - 11:00p
  • Saturday
    • 12:00p - 11:00p

Payment Options

Cash

More Business Info

Parking:
Parking Lot

Most Recent Reviews

Martin E.
5.0 Stars

Very good kakigori! The homemade roasted green tea ice cream used in the Kuromitsu is absolutely the bomb. Apparently, I prefer this over the Korean version.

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Jomarie A.
5.0 Stars
3

After dinner, V and I went to Ikigai Kakigori Cafe just across the street from Il Terrazzo to have dessert! 128156 Ikigai is loosely translated as "the reason / purpose to live", while kakigori means "Japanese shaved ice dessert".

I had high expectations for this dessert place because its facade looks so legit and authentic! It serves various flavors of kakigori (similar to the Korean's bingsu). Of course, we had to try out the Matcha Kakigori! 128154 V and I ordered one order for sharing.

✅ MATCHA KAKIGORI (Php 270 - for sharing) - 1108811088110881108811088
This has shaved milk ice, matcha syrup, red monggo beans, matcha mochi, and matcha ice cream. I LOOOVED IT! 128525128154 V has tried this before, and she recommended this. And after just one bite, I understood why. The milk ice was super fine, and was not that sweet. They serve it with extra matcha syrup on the side, which you can pour on top of the dessert. The red monggo beans give a certain texture to the dessert, and the mochi tasted really good too! Their homemade matcha ice cream is just the "icing on the cake". 128525 Again, this is super good! The serving size is really big too, and can serve upto three people! 128076YUMMYYYY 128154128154128154

The service was good and quick, and the place looks like a stall from the Japanese night market. 🇯🇵 Awesome! It actually exceeded my expectations!!! 128525

This is definitely a recommended dessert place when in Tomas Morato. 128154 I am definitely coming back next time to try the other flavors! 128521

Tip: If you have someone to share with, make sure to order the large size as it is more than twice the size of the solo size. 128513 Sulit!

#EatDrinkSplurge

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HungryManila P.
5.0 Stars
3

Highly recommended!!! If you want a good tasting cool treat, try this milk shaved ice from Ikigai Kakigori. Here i have tried three different flavors

✅ ichigo - milk ice, fresh strawberry, condensed milk, vanilla ice cream
✅ ichigo choco - choco milk ice, fresh strawberry, condensed milk, vanilla ice cream
✅ coffee - coffee milk ice, coffee jelly, caramel chips, vanilla ice cream

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Thea Gil B.
5.0 Stars
2

So yummy!

Ice was very smooth.
The milk used wasn't too sweet hence not overpowering the real flavor of kakigori.
Miggy, my partner, particularly liked their strawberry kakigori. It was his first time having bingsu/kakigori & he just couldn't stop talking about it & this place.
I had kuromitsu. Even if it had brown sugar syrup, it still wasn't sweet for me. It instead went well with the shiratama.

Btw, place is quite small. Could fit around 12 people at the maximum for airconditioned seating & another 12 for the outdoors.
We went there around 2pm & had to take the seats facing the counter.

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Hannah V.
4.0 Stars

I tried their Kuromitsu kakigori and its a brown sugar delight! the milky ice, red beans and ice cream was so good. 128076🏻
Their ice was so fine. 128154
The taste was not too sweet. Will definitely try the other flavors next time around.

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NardongPutik N.
4.0 Stars

Eh kung nakakaluwag ka at medyo sawa ka na sa halo-halo ng Chowking o ika'y sadyang nagugulumihanan sa arrive ng Kuya J's halo-halo tapos gusto mo pa magmuni-muni sa isang sulok, aba eh di gora na at magorder ng okinawa!

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Chieo O.
5.0 Stars
4

Yesterday, my clients brought me here after a busy afternoon of sourcing stuff in QC...it looked like a hole-in-the-wall place because of its modest interiors and I also wouldn't want to be disrespectful to my clients if I was excitedly triggerhappy, so this time I restrained myself and went straight to capturing the dessert....hehehe128518128518128518

So yeah ....the place is semi hidden in this spanish, bricky type looking commercial building filled with resto's and watering holes... it was a surprise to find something that serves delightful and refreshing treats....

My cravings for iced shaved desserts were satisfied as I have a hidden love for ice kacang, bingsu, snow cones and the like! I got more excited when I saw the official looloo sticker on the door! Which verifies my thoughts that this is indeed a great foodie place! check the label, hehehe 12852210084128077🏻

For my initiation/ immersion as a first timer in Ikigai Kakigori, I tried the KUROMITSU, brown sugar delight! Wow, it was the bomb! It had me at the different degrees of sweetness, from the flavored shavings to the red beans down to the ice cream down to the mochi balls which were lovable since it was not too sticky.... I only used the brown sugar syrup as I got deeper, since the sweet shavings get lesser of its taste ...mixing all of these in one bite was just ohsorefreshing, especially now that we are approaching the summer season 1008410084100841008410084 Sweet ecstacy indeed!!!

I also enjoyed my KURO GOMA crossover which had a milder level of sweetness and had more sesame seed feel 1285221008410084 loved the black and white minimal combination with its presentation :) Of course, Pannacotta by me side in this dessert was just divine! 12852210084128077🏻127881

I was actually torn which Kakigori to pick because everything looked so tempting!!! So I'm sure to be back to try the other flavors!!!!1285221008412852210084

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Ruth S.
4.0 Stars
3

IKIGAI mo na sa akin ang ligaya... haha sorry, benta eh!!! 128518128514128557🤐

With the very unpredictable weather.. there are times when it's raining really hard and then all of a sudden, it's really hot outside! 128563 And when it's too hot, you just can't help but want something cold, cool and icy to enjoy.

It was a hot sunny afternoon when we visited this place so it was the best time for me to finally try this place out. 128513128521

Honestly, I was not excited to go here since nakakatakot yung mochi nila 128514128514128514 but since I'm with mah FOODSOCIETYPH homies and Ikigai's forever loyal customer Ruth D, sabi nila wala daw nakakatakot sa mochi nila! 128518128514

So we tried 3 different flavors - CHOCOLATE, MATCHA and a new flavor, HARU HARU.

My favorite would be the Chocolate w koko krunch! It was good and I liked that it was not the sobrang tamis ayoko na kumain type. 128517 This was also the only one without the scary mochi.

The Matcha and Haru Haru were both pretty good, as well. 128077🏼

PS: if you want to have hassle free food crawls around Poblacion, Tomas Morato, Kapitolyo and/or Tagaytay, please follow @FoodSocietyPH in instagram and like their FB page! 128521128521128521

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Ruth D.
5.0 Stars

Ikigai Kakigori is offering a new flavor called Haru-Haru. Basically, it's halo-halo.128513 It was light but tasty. During this visit, I also had Chocolate Kakigori. It's just so consistently good.128525 I was also able to try their Matcha Kakigori for the first time. Fine, ok naman sya. 128518

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Dennis O.
5.0 Stars
4

Next stop was my suggestion. Ikigai Kakigori was one of the dessert cafe place that I was wanting to try but when with my family they aren't that game when it come to dessert places. So I grab this opportunity to finally try it out. The place is located on the building across Il Terrazo.

The place is very small and can accomodate around 10pax. Interior with mostly wooden Japanese ornament. I love the unique toys that they have here. One of them is the chopstick game. You need to move the small pieces of peanut like character from one box to the other hole. Another toy is a 3 dimensional version of the game four in a row which was more challenging at the same it was a much more fun.

For their dessert they serve kakigori. This is the japanese version of Bingsu. The difference with bingsu their shaved ice here is ice layered version giving it a different kind of texture while maintaining the creaminess. We ordered the Matcha Kakigori and Black Sesame Kakigori variant. I love the black sesame. The sweet and bitter flavor was very delicious. After trying out the black sesame the matcha flavor was a bit overpowered but I love both of them. The red bean was also very nice and the matcha was mochi are chewy good.

Overall I love this better than the other Bingsu store and the Black Sesame is a must try!

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Jayne Marie W.
5.0 Stars
3

Great stuff! Ikigai makes magic out of ice and high quality toppings. A must try dessert place located in front of Il Terrazo 128525

On a hot, humid night, they were perfect - cold, crunchy, sweet, and refreshing.

Matcha Kakigori (Php 190)
flavorful and refreshing Japanese green tea shaved ice drizzled with green tea syrup and topped with red bean paste. Other common toppings include mochi balls, sweetened condensed milk, and green tea ice cream. I really like this green tea syrup and how flavorful it is.

I also love the Strawberry Kakigori (Php 210)
strawberries were sweet and the was flavorful. The ice was flawlessly melting on my taste buds while bursting in rich creamy taste.

They are delightful to look at as well as to consume! With the steamy temperature out there, their shaved ice treat will sure cool you off from the inside out!

The place is wide which can accommodate large groups and I like the interior design.

I will definitely go back to have a taste of the other stuff in the menu! 128536

#Halloolooween2016

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Sandra Y.
5.0 Stars
8

I haven't got anything to look forward to this weekend. But I'm sure this Matcha Kakigori made my Friday extra special. 128154128154128154128154

So happy that its just beside Wabi-Sabi. And i'm so excited to try this dessert place. Simple & small place and menu shows yummy desserts.

I quickly settled in an empty seat. Lucky enough as minutes after, the place is full. Orders were taken and paid at the counter. Got my Matcha Kakigori, single size costs P190. Water is served while I waited. My order came in for just 2 mins and it is served in a tray. It has my spoon and guess what? A matcha syrup!!! 128154128154128154 the single size is quite bigger than expected. This is a matcha overload kind of dessert. It has matcha ice cream, matcha shaved ice on top, and 3 matcha colored sticky rice on top. I'm also delighted with the red beans on the top.

Verdict: i love it! It has this distinct matcha taste.. Not much creamy. Happy with the topping. Also serving size is generous. Price is reasonable.

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Steff S.
5.0 Stars

Must order the Kuromitsu! You won't regret it! 128077🏻

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Will C.
4.0 Stars

Great news for matcha lovers, i tried some bingsu place that serves matcha flavor and most of them are mediciore in flavor, but this one is another story. I can only attest only for the matcha but ill lean towards hobing and other places for fruit ones.

Matcha ice cream was bitter great, as well as its sauce on ice and the seperate matcha sauce will sure bring delight to matcha lovers. Ice was as soft as snow.

Parking maybe a challenge and they are inside the bricklike building. 128522

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Diego S.
4.0 Stars
6

STRAWBERRY AND MANGO KAKI GORI : GOOD AND REFRESHING SHAVED ICE ,MILK AND FRUITS A SIMPLE DESSERT THAT FILLS YOUR CRAVINGS !

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Kat A.
5.0 Stars
3

This is our favorite place for dessert! Kakigori is a japanese shaved ice dessert. I love love love their Matcha Kakigori 10084️ the shaved ice is so smooth it literally is like snow. Great for a very hot day. Their Chocolate Kakigori and Kurumitsu Kakigori are also good. Full blog review here https://katabelgas.com/2016/03/08/ikigai-kakigori-japanese-shaved-ice/

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Arlene Stephanie L.
4.0 Stars

Small quaint Japanese dessert cafe in the heart of quezon city.
I tried their matcha kakigori, it had milk,read beans, green tea ice cream, green tea syrup, n green tea glutinous rice (bilo-bilo). I only ordered the single serving which is P190 they also have for sharing (P250.00)

Their single serving can be also shared that is if you have small appetite or just want to try it. I wasnt able to put the syrup but it was already half when I poured it bec it is already sweet for me.

Anyhoo for those who have sweet tooth or like the shaved ice desserts, you can try this place.

Ps. The place is small but they have seats outside :)

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Pierre O.
4.0 Stars
3

This place serve Japanese desert similar to that of korean's patbingsu. There are 2 sizes to choose from. Solo or for sharing. Their servers have a lot of patience explaining the differences of each.
I personally tried kuromitsu kakigori. Their ice was so fine that it instantly melts in your mouth once eaten. The taste was not too sweet that makes can give you goosebumps. There was also an mocha ice cream on top to go with your desert. Will definitely try the other flavors next time around.

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Margaux N.
5.0 Stars

I've been meaning to try the Bingsu from this place and I'm glad I was finally able to visit today. It surely did not disappoint! My friend and I ordered the Strawberry flavored kakigori and we loved it! I loved how the sweetness of the Strawberries surfaced as I scooped the creamy shaved ice. The best part about it was that the texture of the ice did not overpower the Strawberries at all. It wasn't too sweet, but it hit all the right spots. I went home with such a happy tummy after today's visit!

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Heni O.
5.0 Stars

I ordered the Kuromitsu Kakigori (Brown Sugar) on my first visit.. I love that they serve the syrup on the side for a more controlled sweetness level.

127847 The toppings chewy; ice fine and smooth. And when paired with their ice cream (Houjica?) - light, creamy and perfect! Instant sosyal taho dessert! :))

Downside:
- Road construction ongoing in front of the building.
- Place was a little crammed so we had to wait and eventually sit inside their sister company Wabi Sabi next door.

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