Ikigai Kakigori Cafe

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

Ikigai Kakigori Cafe
4.5
4.5 Stars

28 Reviewers

  • 5 stars 15
  • 4 stars 11
  • 3 stars 2
  • 2 stars 0
  • 1 star 0
  • 40 Reviews
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Category:
Japanese
Business Hours
Reopens: 12:00p - 10:00p
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

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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Mary Love S.
3.0 Stars
8

Bingsu has been popular in Manila last year when Café Seol Hwa made such an impact to the foodie community (especially to those struggling to survive from the summer heat). Since then, several bingsu restaurants popped literally everywhere. One of the new players in the market is Ikigai Kakigori Café and since we were already around the area, we decided to drop by the bingsu place after Kozui Green Tea. (Yes, it was right after wolfing down a bowl of soft serve ice cream simply because we were really melting that day.)

Hello, Ikigai Kakigori Café.

The quaint looking café has a very Japanese vibe with its adorable façade and decors. The restaurant itself is cramped and could sit a maximum of 10-12 diners, sardines style. Moving around the restaurant was barely possible when we were there. Anyway, on to our orders.

One thing I love about these looloo foodies is that they are game to try anything. We got our orders down in less than 2 minutes. We got the bestsellers Matcha Kakigori (PHP190 | PHP250), Mango Kakigori (PHP180 | PHP240), Kuromitsu Kakigori (PHP180 | PHP240) and Strawberry Ichigo Kakigori (PHP210).

Service was quick and first served was Strawberry Kakigori.

It didn’t look as appetizing as the ones from Hobing or Seol Hwa but it was spot on with the milkiness of the shaved ice. The strawberry chunks were a bit mushy and covered in milk and sweeteners but still delightful to munch on. This was the best one we had at Ikigai.

The Matcha Kakigori was served next and it came with matcha ice cream, adzuki, shiratama (mochi) and extra matcha syrup.

It was quite plain and needed more matcha syrup (more than what was given as extra) especially for hardcore matcha lovers. I liked the shiratama and adzuki though as it added a different texture to the bowl of shaved ice. The matcha ice cream was pretty good too.

The Mango Kakigori was forgettable. It wasn’t flavorful enough and there were not enough mango bits. I also didn’t really like it with nata de coco and cashews.

Kuromitsu Kakigori was also just so-so for us. The ice was not as milky as the strawberry kakigori’s and the brown sugar syrup just reminded us of taho without soy. I liked the houjica ice cream though which had a nice earthy taste. The adzuki also added texture to the dessert. I didn’t get a shiratama but Jairus d mentioned that he didn’t like the taste of the brown coating of the mochi.

I thought that this place would make me forget my first two loves—Seol Hwa and Hobing but it just made me appreciate the two BGC locals even more. Would I go back? Maybe when I’m near the area. But I would not head to Quezon City just for this.

First timers, get Strawberry Kakigori. (Or Matcha but ask for more syrup!)

More food trips Clarissa P Jairus d Roy Lambert T Lea A!

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Clarissa P.
4.0 Stars
4

The hot weather makes people scream for anything that will cool them down and anything that will provide refreshment even for a while. Ice cream, gelato, halo-halo and Bingsu - name it, we all want them! With the increasing popularity of Bingsu places, providing cozy places for mellenials to cool down, more and more entrepreneurs are taking advantage of this summer heat.

Enter Ikigai Kakigori Cafe.

Offering the same shaved iced goodness, Kakigori is actually the Japanese version of Bingsu which is more like our local summer favorite - halo-halo. Braving the distance on a Saturday, I went to Quezon City with fellow |ooloo reviewers for a #tomasmoratofoodcrawl. Ikigai was our 6th stop. You should be a little observant if it's your first time to visit Ikigai. You will not easily spot it coz it doesn't really have a big signage and it's located in a building - Pos building. To find it easily, you have to remember that Pos Building is right in front of Il Terrazo. Ikigai is just on the ground floor but it's prone to being covered by parked cars.

The place was small. There were about four tables that can accommodate 2 persons each. They also have this wall table lining up the sides of the counter area. With just a couple of customers, the place can get really cramped. There isn't much in their menu except different variants of Kakigori, Japanese Cheesecake, Vietnamese Shake Coffee, ice cream, yogurt and their new offerings - panna cotta and tiramisu.

We decided to get regular sizes of their "best sellers" according to their staff - Strawberry (which is new in their menu), Mango, Kuromitsu and of course Matcha.

Strawberry Kakigori for 210Php was the most expensive and was the group favorite. It had shaved ice with milk x generous serving of fresh strawberries x vanilla ice cream. The freshness of the strawberries mixed well with the milk making it a really delicious and refreshing treat. The sweetness was just right and the ice cream added sinfulness to this cold treat.

Mango Kakigori for 180Php was okay. It's usually my favorite kind of Bingsu but this one didn't stand out. It had mango ice milk which had mango syrup that tasted more like Gina Mango Drink. It also had fresh mango cubes which were rather sour than sweet, nata de coco, cashews and a scoop of mango ice cream.

Kuromitsu Kakigori for 180Php was okay too. We weren't really sure if we wanted to order this. We were kinda leaning towards the Chocolate one but the server said that it was a best seller so we went for it. It had milk ice, adzuki beans, Shiratama and Hojicha ice cream. It was also served with brown sugar syrup on the side. It was simple, with the taste of muscovado sugar evident because of the syrup. I liked the Shiratama though - they were like mochi. The Hojicha ice cream was good too. It had a strong and earthy tea flavor to it.

Matcha Kakigori for 190Php was okay. I'm a Matcha Fanatic but didn't enjoy this much. The shaved ice with milk was drizzled with matcha syrup, topped with matcha ice cream, adzuki beans and matcha flavored shiratama. I would say that it's matcha overload but I didn't quite get that. It was also served with more matcha syrup. Maybe I had too much Kakigori that time and in case i would find myself in Tomas Morato again, I am very much willing to try this again.

Overall, the experience was good. Though I have to say that the shaved ice wasn't as fine as that of the other Korean Bingsu that I've tried. The ice also melts rather easily.

Anyhow, though the place was small I still loved the ambiance. It had simple interiors with Japanese trinkets here and there giving you an almost authentic feel of a Japanese restaurant. I loved that they have wood everywhere and that their lighting was warm. Hope they can come up with more flavors or improve those variants that they have right now.

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Jairus d.
3.0 Stars
6

Another shaved milk ice dessert place I was able to try thanks to our #TomasMoratoFoodCrawl last Saturday!

The place was small and quite packed but we were able to secure a table right away. The group (Clarissa P, Lea A, Mary Love S & moi128513) decided to order four flavors to share. It didn’t take much discussion and we settled with the following:

127848Matcha Kakigori – Topped with matcha ice cream, sweetened red beans and green tea flavored mocha or shiratama. I took a spoon to get a taste although I know I’m only going to find matcha in it. Lol. Not a fan of lasang halaman so this was just okay.

127848Mango Kakigori - Mango flavored milk ice topped with mango ice cream, fresh diced mangoes and nata de coco. It tasked mangoes alright and there’s even cashew nuts in the middle but there wasn’t extra ordinary omff in it. The diced mangoes were a tad sour too.

127848Kuromitsu Kakigori – Shaved milk ice dredged in brown sugar syrup with smoked green tea ice cream paired with sweetened red bean and flavored mochi covered with special flour. No exciting moment on this one too. I’m also not a fan of the taste that lingers from the special flour around the mochi.

127847Strawberry Yogurt Kakigori – Shaved milk ice with yogurt and strawberries on top. This was probably my favorite from all the desserts we ordered. The strawberries are sweet and mellow perfectly with the shaved milk ice. As you dig through it, you will unearth condensed milk at the bottom of the dessert.

So yeah, three stars 127775127775127775. The ice was finely shaved and all but I think my issue with Ikagai is the lack of rich flavors. They dwell mostly on subtle taste which is not a favorable thing for a sweet tooth like me.

Will I be back? I would have to say no. But I will still recommend it to friends who enjoy desserts and doesn’t obsessed much on sweets.

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Pam L.
5.0 Stars

Finally tried this! Huhu so happy. This is so delicious. We ordered one of their newer flavors, the Okinawa mango (not sure of the name).

It's just milk ice, lots of mangoes and ice cream on top. I prefer this over the other flavors because I don't really like the nuts and other toppings. Their mango serving is generous compared to another bingsu place, where we ordered a large bowl.

The small bowl is good enough for two people as dessert. The large one looks too big. Also not quite sure if the toppings/fruit serving will be proportional to the bowl size.

They have games you can borrow while waiting for your kakigori. Some look complicated though, even the staff don't know how to play them. But they're still friendly and will answer all your kakigori-related questions.

I love their interiors. I felt like I was transported to Japan when I stepped inside their store.

Can't wait to go back to get my fix!

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Elmer R.
4.0 Stars

It was indeed refreshing the matcha kakigori, a finely shaved ice dessert with matcha cubes and jam, ice cream and syrup that is refillable to your hearts content. It's like bingsu, that addictive shaved ice dessert from Korea but this kakigori has its origins from Japan. There are other flavors to choose: strawberry, mango and kuromitsu etc. They have tiramisu which they wanted me to try maybe on our next visit.

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Ruth D.
5.0 Stars

Yay for new kakigori flavors and other new offerings!128588🏼 In my last review, I mentioned I got invited to taste some new items that they would like to offer. And now, they're all finally available! This visit, I tried the new Strawberry Kakigori and the Tiramisu. Both were good!

Here are the new items:
🔸Mango Kakigori - Okinawa Style
🔸Mango Yoghurt Kakigori
🔸Strawberry Kakigori
🔸Strawberry Yoghurt Kakigori
🔸Japanese Cheesecake, Original and Matcha
🔸Vietnamese Coffee Shake
🔸Tiramisu, Original and Matcha
🔸Panna Cotta, Original and Matcha
🔸Coffee Jelly

The Tiramisu, Panna Cotta, and Coffee Jelly are served in a small cup, as slightly seen in the photo's background.

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Jam V.
5.0 Stars

Who wants Matcha? 128587🏻128077🏼

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Ruth D.
5.0 Stars

When Facebook and Twitter suddenly became popular, it did not take long before media practitioners realized that social networking sites can potentially be a celebrity’s worst PR nightmare. But today, social media has become so powerful that it seriously can work against someone who’s on a road rage, a government employee or official who’s not doing his job, or a director who curses on set. Basically anyone, right? And restaurateurs, restaurant owners, and establishments who provide various services, are no exception. Imagine, apart from the giant social networking sites, there’s looloo that is specifically for restaurants and establishments in the Philippines. Hashtag-pressure.

However, and this seriously needs to be addressed, owners should appreciate looloo as an opportunity rather than a threat. Opportunity to offer better food. Opportunity to improve services. Opportunity to interact directly with customers. And that’s exactly what the Ikigai Kakigori owners are doing. Today, they invited looloo reviewers to taste their new and future offerings. (Hint: matcha, cake, cheese, milkshake.) They didn’t mind if they will get good or bad comments. In fact, even during my first visit when they were not yet exposed to looloo (and the other review channels), they were there asking how the Kakigori was and if there’s any flavor we want added to their menu. Now, even after consistently getting 4- to 5-star reviews, I realize how committed they are to satisfy their customers. They are not complacent.

looloo has already changed the communication dynamics between customers and owners but there’s so much more to learn. I hope this app, this community rather, continue to grow with confidence that all things written here are just honest-to-goodness reviews. Because at the end of the day, loolooers just want to eat and write about experiences, without drama.

#ReflectionPaper

P.S. Ice cream in photo is not new but I can't wait for the new items to be available soon!

Disclosure: This review is based on the food served to us, as well as our experience during the taste test. This is written with my own opinions and *di maikubling* insights.

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Pamela A.
5.0 Stars

Houjicha ice cream was a winner! :)

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