Izakaya Nihonbashitei

800 Pasay Rd., Makati, Metro Manila

Izakaya Nihonbashitei
4.5
4.5 Stars

176 Reviewers

  • 5 stars 103
  • 4 stars 56
  • 3 stars 15
  • 2 stars 0
  • 1 star 2
  • 201 Reviews
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Category:
Japanese
Phone
+6328188893

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Most Recent Reviews

Camille S.
5.0 Stars
2

MY FAVORITE JAPANESE PLACE!! Well, one of my favorite Japanese places! Haha! We got our usual order - salmon sashimi, ebi tempura and beef teppan. Their salmon sashimi has always been consistent - fresh taste and thickly sliced. The ebi tempura was good. I love how the beef teppan’s meat was so tender and the side veggies were just rightly cooked. It wasn’t soggy but not super crunchy which really went well with the beef.

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Maureen L.
5.0 Stars
8

It's my first time here since I've heard good reviews from my family and my verdict is - they're right! I loved almost everything we ordered!

1108811088110881108811088️ fresh salmon sashimi
110881108811088110881108811088️ takoyaki (no veggies, just octopus)
110881108811088110881108811088️ toro spicy tuna maki
1108811088110881108811088️ gyoza
1108811088110881108811088️ US grade beef (since the Wagyu beef is out-of-stock)
110881108811088️ yakitori (grilled liver, chicken, chicken skin and asparagus wrapped in bacon)

Up until now I'm still dreaming about the takoyaki and the toro spicy tuna maki 128525

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Rachel T.
5.0 Stars
2

Visited this over a Friday lunch time. Almost all tables were occupied except for the bar area, even the rooms were unavailable. Luckily, one table was vacant when we arrived.

We ordered the following:
>Spicy Tuna Maki - which was my favorite here, it was 6-pcs. of enormous maki that I can't even eat in one bite. It has quite a strong spicy taste and I like dipping it in soy sauce and wasabi

>Tempura - this was generally ok. We were served each with one tempura sauce. One order of tempura has 4 pcs. We ordered 2 sets. The shrimp size was also just OK.

>Kani Salad - serving size is good for sharing. Japanese mayo was plenty even the vegetables and kani included in it.

>Beef Teppanyaki - recommended by the waitress. It was tasty and serving size was plenty, although the beef for me wasn't quite tender.

Since most of our orders were set meals, we were also served with cups of rice, bowls of miso soup, a small plate of spareribs, and glasses of iced coffee (this was really delicious and creamy!) which were part of the set meal.

We were so full after this meal. Serving time was generally quick.

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Kristin A.
4.0 Stars
3

Mistakenly ordered spicy toro AND spicy salmon sashimi. Both are good but too spicy for me to eat even half. Good thing there's sukiyaki don (their version of gyudon) and grilled chicken skin. And that's how you try to forget your troubles.

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Mark L.
4.0 Stars
7

late lunch..
chicken teriyaki 128077128077128077128077128077
california maki 128077128077128077
gyoza 128077128077128077128077128077

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Denise R.
5.0 Stars
2

Had dinner, drinks and videoke here with friends for a suprise despedida party (FYI--they have rooms for group videoke) 128522 Truly a great choice, as this restaurant offered one of the best and authentic Japanese food I've ever had!128077🏼

I ordered the Nigirisushi and the variants were amazingly fresh, and surprisingly cost efficient for PHP350, given the food quality and quantity. Also got to taste their Toro Spicy Sushi and fried rice which were equally delicious.

Customer service was also commendable. Staff members were always quick and willing to assist even though we had "customized" requests (ie., serve wine, balloons and room designs set-up, etc).

Will definitely be back to taste the other Jap food options they offer!128522

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Kim T.
5.0 Stars

I loved it.

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Will C.
4.0 Stars

Being a workhorse on a friday night has some pros for instance i can let the traffic ease before going home but since i was so engrossed with what im doing that i didnt notice its already 10pm and the pangs of hunger began to set in.

If its 11pm the chance of finding an open resto would be high at either jupiter street or the japanese restos along pasay road.

So its nihonbanshitei for me, theres still a thick crowd inside and mostly i assumed were college kids having late dinner here before going out clubbing.

But i was able to get a table without a problem. I Ordered enoki mushroom bacon and asupara bacon yakitori, as usual its really good, dont forget to ask for teriyaki sauce for extra flavor.

Onigiri salmon as i need some rice on my meal, it was the last to arrive but it was also good nonetheless.

Also ordered Sea urchin and salmon sushi since i dont think i can consume whole chirashi at this hour.  It was good, salmons a bit dry and they already put a little wasabi on between the fish and rice. Sea urchin was 128522128522128522

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Kristin A.
4.0 Stars

What better way to celebrate than to indulge in Japanese food with your friends? And celebrate we did. We had spicy toro maki, enoki bacon, grilled chicken skin, spicy salmon sashimi, non-spicy salmon sashimi (yes, I love salmon sashimi 127843), mixed tempura, and the chirashi sushi pictured above. Needless to say they were all good, and we were quite full after our binge.

This was the first time we tried uni. It's not something I'd go back for specifically, but it's ok.

We came in at around 8:30pm, and the place is hopping with the dinner crowd. It's much harder to catch the waitstaff's attention than in the late evenings when I usually come (and even then, it's also a bit hard to get their attention as well). I dunno, but I miss the Adriatico branch because it's much less crowded.

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Julliene A.
5.0 Stars

I loved it.

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Julie L.
5.0 Stars

I love Japanese food and this resto didn't fail. It was relatively affordable and taste good.

My Japanese craving for satisfied. 128523

The only issue with this branch is the parking 128514

Nigiri Sushi (350pesos)

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Carla M.
4.0 Stars

Catch-up lunch with my cousin and we both craved for Japanese so off to Nihonbashitei we go! 128523

Since we arrived a bit late, all the tables and the bar seats were occupied and we had no choice but be seated at the smoking area, or else we wait until a table becomes vacant. Not willing to wait, we're hungry. Luckily, no one was smoking that time but the room smelled like cigarette smoke already. 128567 Another downside of staying here rather than at the main dining area was it was so hard to order or call their waitstaff since no one was assigned inside. You have to go outside and approach them.

I love going here during lunch because of their very affordable Lunch Sets, which already includes soup (or onigiri for the noodle sets) and dessert/ coffee.

127982 Zaru Soba
Unlike the cold soba in Nadai Fujisoba or Asakusa, the buckwheat noodles at Nihon was served over ice. It came with a separate bowl of tsuyu (dipping sauce), quail egg, and condiments like wasabi, thinly-sliced nori and spring onions. The noodles had that firm springy texture when you bite into it. The dipping sauce was not too salty and it was very refreshing. I liked it even without the condiments.

127982 Beef Teppan Yaki Set
For P280, this was so sulit! The thinly sliced beef was stir-fried in brown sauce, mixed with crunchy veggies. My cousin liked it coz it's really tasty and best paired with Japanese rice. Since the serving of the beef can be good for two people, she still had leftovers to bring home.

To end our meal, we shared a glass of iced coffee and nata de coco. The coffee was so good. Creamy and perfectly sweet. 128156 The nata de coco served with crushed ice was pretty good too, but of course, I'd pick the iced coffee over this anytime.

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Crissy B.
3.0 Stars

I had high expectations for Nihon because of all the raves and reviews, but for some reason, when I stepped in, I had a feeling it wouldn't be too good. 128517

The place looked (and smelled) odd, and service was pretty lousy. The waitresses kept on tossing me and my friend from one waitress to another, and we even were seated at a dirty table! Had to wait for awhile before they cleaned it and gave us menus.

I kept my order simple with miso soup, maguro sashimi, and grilled squid, while my friend got the tenpura set and salmon sashimi. We both were underwhelmed... We honesty didn't find anything special from the items we ordered. Parang the sashimi we got wasn't fresh since there was a sort of rubbery bite to them. As for the squid, it didn't taste like much and it was quite tough... It was cut into bite sized pieces though so I didn't have a hard time biting into it.

I don't plan on going back soon. But if I do, I'll probably ask for the suggestions na lang of the staff..

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Maia T.
5.0 Stars

Spicy toro maki FTW! I dislike anything spicy but for these delectable rolls of fire I can do anything! 128514 You definitely get your money's worth here.

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Kennedy O.
4.0 Stars

As an avid fan of Japanese cuisine, I must say that Nihonbashitei Izakaya is undoubtedly one of the best Japanese restaurants in the Metro. Situated along the busy streets of Arnaiz (Pasay Road) in Makati City, Nihon's a perfect place for after-work bonding with colleagues, parties, and reunion with long-lost school buddies (they have videoke rooms!).

Menu prices might come as a shock for students or some yuppies, but come on, I'd rather pay extra than settle on "trash" teppan and "skanky" sashimi from "trying hard" Japanese stores.

Serving size is huge. What they consider as single serving can actually be shared by 2-3 persons. Their salmon sashimi is fresh and has a lingering milky taste. Also, I love the fact that they have "super sulit" lunch sets (appetizer + main course + japanese rice + dessert). They need to improve on the store's ambiance (the smell upon entering the store is quite uninviting though) and their service though (some servers are snob). Nonetheless, masarap talaga! 128512

Personal favorites:
1. Spicy Toro Maki
2. Spicy Toro Sashimi
3. Beef Tepanyaki (Lunch Set)
4. Salmon Sashimi
5. Chirashi Zushi

Taste - 5.0
Presentation - 4.5
Service - 3.5
Ambiance - 3.5
Value for Money - 4.5

#12days

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Krystelle A.
5.0 Stars

Uni - 128077🏻128077🏻128077🏻128077🏻128077🏻

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Kristin A.
4.0 Stars

I had to go back to indulge in my favorite food after a rather long and hard week.

I kept it simple this time: salmon sashimi and grilled chicken skin, and a coke with lots of ice. They hit at just the right spot. 128523

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Carla M.
4.0 Stars

Julie J, Kirby G and Yina M would usually suggest Japanese restaurants for lunch. Somewhere where they offer sushi and sashimi. (Uhmm Nikkei, guys? Lol) 128529 But to be fair, they are willing to compromise since they know I don't eat anything raw. 128536 One time, we agreed to eat at Nihonbashitei so they can satisfy their cravings for sashimi while I enjoy cooked food. 128540

They were convincing me to try the Chirashi but unfortunately, they didn't succeed. Better luck next time guys! Life goals ni Julie yan!!! 128518 I was contented with my Wakame Udon. I ordered something not too heavy (no rice 128541) since I ate a lot from the Dean and DeLuca rendezvoos (#doubleOforbranding right, Ruth D? Baka sabihin nila di ako marunong mag-spell) the night before. Hot bowl of udon topped with wakame seaweed. The udon was soft, chewy and had a wonderful bite to it. The broth was light. Simple yet satisfying!

My lunch set came with an onigiri and a glass of iced coffee. Julie said it was too sweet, but I liked it. 128525 I really reminds me of Nescafe Ice! But I can only drink half since I have to limit my caffeine intake. 128546

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Kristin A.
5.0 Stars

This is one of my favorite midnight craving spots, because I love Japanese and it's open late.

Last Monday I was hit by that craving, and even though I was feeling quite sleepy I got on a cab to take me to this magical place just a few blocks away from home. Though to be frank, it was reading Kathryna d's review of the other Pasay Rd branch that pushed me. Inggit much? Hahaha!

As i was inspired, I also ordered a Spicy Salmon Maki instead of my usual salmon sashimi. But the thing about Nihonbashitei's menu is that it's hard for me to explore other dishes because I am not well-versed in Japanese food lingo. That night though, I lucked out when I discovered they have skewered chicken skin - after asking if they have something similar to isaw (they don't). The grilled chicken skin and my standby asupara bacon brought variety to my meal. Ahhhh. So. Good.

What else shall I try next? I have a pretty conservative taste in food but I do like to explore up to an extent - I just know there's still a lot in that menu I could like, if only I knew what they were 128514

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Dheybert P.
5.0 Stars

Sukiyaki 💟💟💟

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