Izakaya Nihonbashitei

1030 A. Arnaiz Ave., San Lorenzo Village, Makati, Metro Manila

Izakaya Nihonbashitei
4.4
4.5 Stars

123 Reviewers

  • 5 stars 66
  • 4 stars 42
  • 3 stars 13
  • 2 stars 2
  • 1 star 0
  • 147 Reviews
  • 165 Recommend
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Category:
Japanese
Business Hours
Open: 11:00a - 2:00a
Phone
+6328899733

Hours

  • Sunday
    • 11:00a - 2:00a
  • Monday
    • 11:00a - 2:00a
  • Tuesday
    • 11:00a - 2:00a
  • Wednesday
    • 11:00a - 2:00a
  • Thursday
    • 11:00a - 2:00a
  • Friday
    • 11:00a - 2:00a
  • Saturday
    • 11:00a - 2:00a

Payment Options

Cash, MasterCard, Visa

More Business Info

Reservations:
Yes
Menus:
Lunch, Dinner
Waiter Service:
Yes
Attire:
Casual
Good for Groups:
Yes

Most Recent Reviews

Jomarie A.
4.0 Stars
5

Last Monday was a holiday (Thanks to our Muslim brothers and sisters!), so we went out to: 1. Eat out (as a pre-birthday lunch celebration), and 2. Search for my sister's engagement party gown. Since my mom was craving for Japanese food, we decided to eat at Izakaya Nihonbashitei.

We arrived at around 12NN, and surprisingly, the restaurant was not packed at all! We proceeded to order from their lunch sets (which consists of the main dish, with their side dishes of the day and a choice of nata de coco or iced coffee for dessert):

✔ For Me: Chirashi Sushi (Php 380) - 11088110881108811088
Various types of sashimi on a bed of Japanese rice. Miso soup. Nata de coco for dessert. What more could you ask for? 128586 The sashimi were all fresh, but I hoped each slice was thicker than what was served to me. 128557 I especially loved the uni (sea urchin) sashimi! So sweet, and fresh, and oh so delightful! 128156128156128156 The rice was too much for me though, I was not able to finish all of it.

✔ For My Sister: Shoyu Ramen Set (Php 200) - 11088110881108811088
Sooo affordable! A bowl of shoyu ramen + onigiri + nata de coco -- my sister was so full afterwards! I was not able to taste it, but my sister said it was good -- not cloying, but filling. Toppings were of ample amount, enough to sustain you through each bite. Personally though, I didn't like the (look of the) noodles, because it looks like the noodles you can buy in packs. 128553

✔ For My Mom: Grilled Salmon Teriyaki Set (Php 380) - 11088110881108811088
My mom kept on complaining about the serving size of the nata. 128517 Nevertheless, she enjoyed her meal a lot! The salmon seemed juicy and fresh, and the serving size was huuuuge. 128525 I wished there was more sauce though (so the flavors can seep in better), but my mom does not care much for sauces, so I guess it was just right for her. She also said that the rice was too much. Hehe 128513

We also got Salmon Sashimi (our Japanese Restaurant staple) for sharing:

✔ Salmon Sashimi (Php 380) - 1108811088110881108811088
FRESHNESS! 128525 I loved each bite. Each slice was thick, sweet, and fresh! I loved how the sashimi was not frozen, but cold enough to ensure its freshness. 128076

Overall, the food came in huge servings and we were all super full after we finished everything! Service was okay. Servers seem very young, but most of them approach us professionally. What I disliked though, was the swarm of flies who kept on coming near our food! 128557 I don't want to share my food with them. 128553 -111088 for this, sorry, Nihonbashitei -- I love you, but I am a neat freak. 128586

Tip: For many Japanese restaurants, they have a special menu during lunch time (bento sets), so make super to viait during this time for more savings. 128521 Super affordable and filling 128076

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AlwaysHungryPh P.
5.0 Stars
3

It’s one of the go to places of my church friends for a reason. Authentic Japanese that thrives for being delicious and having superior value for money as evident in their serving size.

Despite a tacky ambiance with old flooring and some beaten structure, the pull of their food continues to brings lines of people waiting especially on weekends.

I highly recommend their Spicy Tuna and Salmon. This is available in almost all Japanese restaurants but they just do it so much better! Spiced and mayo just right with really fresh sashimi.

The Tempura has a nice light taste with a significant fill of prawn. The sauce is not a must with their version. Have Yasai Itame or Edemame as well for a healthier addition to your meal.

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Raisa R.
5.0 Stars

Masarap! Orderin niyo spicy toro sashimi at asari butter clams !

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Will C.
3.0 Stars
2

So after a hard game of basketball were all hungry and this place is just perfect for a late night munch.

I was eyeing the gomoku kamameshi but was told its serving time is around 45 mins, so i had to cancel and order katsu curry and asupara/enoki bacon yakotori instead.

Katsu curry took quite a while before being served like 25 mins so i reckon the kamemeshi is hardly 45 mins but an hour.  All of our orders took a while and it comes in a long interval.

But the curry was ok, not quite as good as coco ichin, the yakitoris were good coz i was really hungry.

Other donburis that my companions order are just so so according to them, sukiyakidon was too sweet and dry.

The place is due for renovation, and cleanliness needs some work too.  I didnt like the cigar scent that envelopes the whole resto.

I had good experience here before but maybe this place was nice of your looking for sushi/sashimi/etc  but not much for donburi's.

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Cholo A.
5.0 Stars

I loved it.

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Kristine C.
4.0 Stars

I'm in search for the best maki/sashimi place in Manila. So far my favorite Is in Hanako. I'm crazy about their Tuna Spicy Crunch. In Nihonbashitei they have Tori Spicy Yaki (same component with hanako) but this one killed hanako! The tuna is super fresh and sweet. the spicy mix mayo of it is just right to blow your mind. they have sesame seeds around it that brings a roasted feeling of the maki. Definitely on top of my list! (so far)

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Crissy B.
5.0 Stars

This branch is infinitely better than the other Makati branch I visited last February! The last time I went kasi, the servers were not attentive, it smelled pretty bad and felt musty, and the food was mediocre. This branch, however, delivered solid food and I can't stop thinking about it. 128517

I got one of the bento boxes, and I finished everything in it. And I don't usually do that kasi I sometimes find some flavors too exotic hahaha. The salmon sashimi also had a great buttery texture and the pieces were THICK. And I got to sample some tonkatsu curry from my sister (huge serving!!!!!), and it was how I want my curry to taste.

I hope the closer branch (Morato) has the same quality! 128539128553

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Milags M.
4.0 Stars

Maraming pagpipilian na pagkain. I Loved the food, they had huge servings and very affordable pa! Ambiance was okay, pero medyo mukhang luma na. But the service was fast!

Will come back here again to try their curry and next time may pictures na. 128522

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Denise A.
5.0 Stars
4

Spent dinner tonight at Nihinbashitei. For employees working in Makati, this had to be one of the most famous Japanese Restaurants along Arnaiz. Popular for it's authentic Jap Food and ambiance, it's impossible to miss this out if you love Japanese cuisine!

I've been here many times already. And I keep coming back for the quality of their sushi! Went back tonight just to spend a quick dinner date with my boyfriend.

1. Miso Soup P50
Grabe the serving is really huge! A lot of people have said na sobrang sulit dito because of their big serving. Though procy ang food sulit naman and busog talaga! Share pa kami ng boyfriend ko in one order.

2. Toro Spicy Maki P250
THIS IS A MUST TRY. It's a Spicy Tuna Maki with a tempura crust on top. It's not super spicy naman and may lasa yung spiciness, hindi siya blunt. And freshly served you'll even see the chef preparing it.

3. Beef Teppan Yaki P280
128591🏻 Love the Teppan Yaki. Ang lambot ng meat, and one order is good for 2-3 already. Ang laki talaga ng serving. Sobrang authentic lang ng lasa and pagkaluto! 128076🏻

4. Calamansi Juice P50

Overall Rating: 4/511088
Don't go here during lunch or dinner time especially if you are bringing a car with you. Laging puno yung place and maraming nakapark. Ever since i've known this restaurant never nagkachance na walang tao as in sobrang lakas nila! Mostly executives yung customers and big time people. They also have private rooms where you can smoke, and a lot of big groups spend reunions here.

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Kevinross B.
4.0 Stars

I'm not very fond of Japanese food so I can't really explain how good (or bad) my experience was. But here's what we ordered.

127860Seafood Ramen - The soup was almost like lomi. I wasn't that happy with it and also the noodles wasn't my type. It was like pansit canton. The serving is very big though. It's good for 4 given that you guys order something else.

127860Tepanyaki beef - this I liked. The flavor was really good and it had some veggies like bean sprout cooked with it. I recommend ordering this

127860Kimchi - This was good too. My dad loves kimchi and he liked it to.

127860California maki - I really don't eat maki, but this time i was tempted and I actually enjoyed it. Again, i'm no Japanese food expert, but i think the maki was big for one bite. 128517

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Carlos S.
4.0 Stars
3

Salmon sashimi, spicy toro and salmon maki. Great value! Always a favorite

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Julliene A.
5.0 Stars

I loved it.

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Will C.
5.0 Stars

Were craving for authentic japanese food but were also conscious of our pockets so we decided to had dinner here.

Im order their chirashi zushi which is really good at only 350. And if your into more squid, mackarel and roe, just ordere their special one with additional 150. But in good with the ordinary one. Also order their yakitori, 1 stick cost around 50 that comes in 3 pcs. Their miso soup is just ok. Gyozo is also good. While their steam clams is somewhat okay but i wouldnt order it again.

But again this is a great place for sushi, sashimi and yakitori. 128522

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Reann G.
4.0 Stars

Price: ✅
Food Quality: ✅
Venue: ✅

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Jon-erik P.
4.0 Stars

Finally, one of my favorite Japanese restaurant finally reopened after weeks of renovation. The interior layout is still the same. They made improvements on their kitchen, changed their airconditioning into ceiling casette type among others.

I'm not a fan of sushi so my usual order would be their big sized california maki, gyoza, ankake ramen (which can be shared by four people). In addition to that I ordered tonkatsu. I love that it comes with different side dishes, miso soup and ice coffee.

One of the most affordable japanese restaurants with good food and big servings.

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Sam T.
4.0 Stars

I liked it.

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Kathryna d.
5.0 Stars

Sushi heaven. Sushi nirvana. Sushi paradise. 127843127843127843127843127843127843127843127843127843127843127843127843127843127843127843127843127843127843127843

Honestly I am a sushi convert. I've never been a fan of raw fish. I used to be one of those who only ordered California Maki for their sushi cravings. The horror.

Now, I almost always want to eat here whenever I want to eat Japanese. My favorite dishes are:

Spicy Toro Tuna/Salmon Maki
- This is the superstar. This is the Michael Jordan of Nihonbashitei. Even if you're not a fan of spicy food, please give this dish a try.

Chicken Teriyaki
- They just cook this right. The chicken skin is cooked until some parts are crispy. I love the blending of charred flavors and the sweet teriyaki sauce.

Gyoza
- This can be eaten on its own or with a cup of rice. Their sauce is pretty good!

The prices are relatively cheap for the servings and the superb quality of the food. Sometimes their staff are inattentive because of the large volumes of people dining in. But, I fully understand them and I always see that they are trying their best to be of service to everyone who needs it. So make sure you leave tips because they work until late.

This is my go to place for authentic Japanese food, take note that as of November 15, 2015 their branch near Park Square is closed for renovations.

Adios! 128111

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Binky B.
5.0 Stars

Sit at the bar if you don't want to wait! Their sushi/sashimi is really fresh with huge servings - I wasn't able to finish my order of Spicy Salmon Maki, and that's saying something coming from me. I also really enjoyed their katsu curry! Their curry is something else. I found myself eating just the sauce with rice and not even noticing na wala nang kasamang katsu hahaha! 10/10 would recommend 128571

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Kyle B.
5.0 Stars

Nihon is my favorite Japanese restaurant evaaaaaah 128150
The Spicy Salmon Maki tasted great, as usual. Tried the Chicken Katsu and ang sarap din niya! It was light and crispy. One thing I like about this branch is that it has vallet parking!

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Jeric D.
5.0 Stars

All time favorite!

Food quality 128076128076
Can't wait for their qc branch to open

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