Kai

G/F Greenbelt 5, Legazpi St., Ayala Center, Makati, Metro Manila

Kai
4.1
4.0 Stars

27 Reviewers

  • 5 stars 8
  • 4 stars 13
  • 3 stars 6
  • 2 stars 0
  • 1 star 0
  • 32 Reviews
  • 58 Recommend
  • 27 Reviewers
Category:
Japanese
Business Hours
Reopens: 11:00a - 2:00p
Phone
+6327575209

Hours

  • Sunday
    • 11:00a - 2:00p
    • 6:00p - 11:00p
  • Monday
    • 11:00a - 2:00p
    • 6:00p - 11:00p
  • Tuesday
    • 11:00a - 2:00p
    • 6:00p - 11:00p
  • Wednesday
    • 11:00a - 2:00p
    • 6:00p - 11:00p
  • Thursday
    • 11:00a - 2:00p
    • 6:00p - 11:00p
  • Friday
    • 11:00a - 2:00p
    • 6:00p - 11:00p
  • Saturday
    • 11:00a - 2:00p
    • 6:00p - 11:00p

Payment Options

American Express, Cash, MasterCard, Visa

More Business Info

Reservations:
Yes
Take Out:
Yes
Outdoor Seating:
Yes
Ambience:
Casual
Menus:
Lunch, Dinner
Waiter Service:
Yes
Attire:
Casual
Good for Groups:
Yes

Most Recent Reviews

Sas R.
5.0 Stars

I loved it.

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Sandra Y.
4.0 Stars
5

Indulging dinner @ Kai in Greenbelt last Friday. The place specializes in Japanese fusion cuisine. Opens for dinner at 6PM.

The place has classy intimidating look, perfect for dinner dates (pogi points!). Slightly dimmed lighting, candles lighted on each table adorned by fresh flowers. Servers are attentive and i should say, they know the menu well when you ask them.

We had, Soft Shell Crab Salad with Carrot -Sesame Dressing, - soft shell crab is a big yes for me. Enjoying the crab with no hassle. This time the lettuce and carrot-sesame dressing compliments to the crab. Love it!

Spicy Negi Tuna- need I say more, this is a personal favorite of mine

Wagyu Kalbi beef Ishiyaki.  It's paper thin strips of marbly beef that you cook on hot stones.  It's fun to cook and it is really delicious.  It comes with three sauces and some salad.  Tip:,it served with a cube fat, that will serve as an oil, so cook it first

Banana Nutella Harumaki, this dessert is a "wow", its four slices of banana wrapped in fillo sesame topped with ice cream on each( vanilla, strawberry, pistachio, and chocolate). Its like a level up version of banana split. I enjoyed this one something to try when you visited Kai

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Anne R.
4.0 Stars

I am a big fan of Japanese cuisine. I fell in love with Tokyo and wanted to go back again (hopefully soon). So my love for Japanese food started with sushi, sashimi, ramen and tempura. How could you not love this cuisine?

Anyway, so I would always jump at the chance to eat at a Japanese restaurant. Just a disclaimer, I went to Kai when my mum's office rented out the place to have their dinner event there but I was able to try the food and got a glimpse of their service.

During that time, the restaurant is still open for diners but they would be seated outside. We booked the inside for the event. The food was amazing! I loved every bit of it.

I especially loved the sushi and sashimi (pictured above). It was so fresh and appetising! Come on, look at the vibrant colours and imagine the taste of each. It was really delightful.

I was also able to try their pork belly (cooked for 10 hours) but I am not a fan. I would stick with their other delectable offerings.

Service wise, the staff were attentive and served us well. It was a pretty small place but it wasn't a problem.

Would be back to dine but because of the horrible Christmas traffic that would not be anytime soon.

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Rachel T.
4.0 Stars

Since my college friends and i like japanese cuisine and the best place for everyone to meet is in makati, we decided to search for a new resto we can try according to our criteria. As I was searching, I saw Kai having good reviews. It was my first time here. I seldom eat at this side of greenbelt 5 as it's outside and i think the restaurants here are quite expensive. The place looks cozy and a lot of people were eating although not all tables were occupied. We were seated inside a mini function room area but we had some other guests with us in the room. There were 2 table sets inside the room. The lighting at kai is quite dim.

I inquired the waiter what their best seller was. So he recommended the soft shell crabs for the rolls and the tomatoes and grapes salad which was not vinaigrette base as one of my friend didnt like vinaigrette dressing. I liked the small fried/toasted/dried mushroom on top of the salad.

The soft shell crabs roll was amazing. The roll was stuffed well, generous serving size and you can distinctly taste that there was a Soft shell crab inside the roll. Didnt regret ordering this one.

We also ordered fresh salmon sashimi. It's not japanese if you don't order and eat the raw dishes. The sashimi was thickly sliced, juicy and fresh. And we also tried the 5 pcs tempura. They provided us small bowl of tempura sauce individually which was a plus cause normally restaurants only serve one for everyone to share (I am a bit saliva conscious)

Service was ok. We went there on a lunch time and they have a last order cut off during lunch time. I think around 2pm.

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Kat L.
5.0 Stars

'Twas last night dinner...
Their tempura is the best128077🏻128077🏻 plus the salmon sashimi as in fresh128077
Chicken karaage is good and the interior 128525 love!
Pricy but man thumbs up the quality... 128077🏻

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Ruth Q.
3.0 Stars

seared tuna sushi... maybe little more raw is better and none of that sweet topping

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Mia M.
5.0 Stars

After my mom's appointment at the salon, a tiring day at work and after a toxic school day for my sister.. Mid-week dinner out it is!
We often prefer to dine Al fresco because it instantly gives a "relaxed vibe" 128523128522

Food was superb and service was excellent! 128077

We ordered the dragon roll 128077128525 asparagus tamago, edamame, chicken teriyaki, chicken tepanyaki, salmon cream cheese sushi 128077128525 and the seared tuna 128077

Service staff was very helpful he even recommended the salmon cream cheese sushi which I'll be dreaming of tonight! 128514 Excellent food choice! 128076

PS: Excuse the photos 9996️ wasnt able to take a decent one due to hunger 128514 hahahaha

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Anne P.
4.0 Stars

Affordable and high quality Japanese fare in Greenbelt. My go-to place whenever I'm craving for Uni and Salmon Sashimi. :)

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Joseph C.
5.0 Stars

light monday lunch- assorted sushi and rolls, house japanese tea- cold

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Ruth Q.
5.0 Stars

chicken karaage... another favorite for a picky eater like my kid... just ask for terriyaki sauce in lieu of their defaut

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Allyxon C.
4.0 Stars

Ambiance and food are great.

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Maureen S.
4.0 Stars

My first time at Kai and i loved it! Serving is small though 128557 and pricey 128561 really liked the oyster tempura (in photo) though 128077 could eat more!!! Now their trio creme brûlée is also very yummy

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James J.
5.0 Stars

Great food

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Clarisse E.
5.0 Stars

I seem to keep reviewing restaurants that "feel like home" to me. I guess I'm not much of a adventurer - I do try out new places but keep going back to the same old same old.

Kai first opened at Greenbelt 2, and I must say, I preferred the look of the first restaurant (grey, modern, with capiz tiles walls. That said, the new one at Greenbelt 5 has a better location and is nice and cozy.

My favorite dishes there are:
1) the scallop tempura dynamite
2) oysters tempura with wasabi sauce
3) seared foie gras sushi (to die for)
4) buta kakuni (pork belly cooked for 10? Hours. - I loooove this dish)
5) all their salads - the one with goat cheese, the one with portobello mushroom confit, the one with roasted grapes, and the pako salad. All of them.

They have specials once in a while too.

Desserts - my favorite is the hazelnut cookie brownie with an espresso shot (okay this isn't the name but that's what it looks and tastes like). It's been almost ten years since I first tasted this and I still like it. The tofu cheesecake is light, fluffy and good.

Service is attentive and staff is very nice. They do awesome catering too - worth it for special occasions.

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Christina R.
4.0 Stars

Foie gras sushi, one for me and one for the dude that pays for the privilege to take me out on a date128523

Tuna sashimi is fresh.

Dragon roll was so-so. Totally did not look like a dragon roll, was super skinny and barely had filling in it.

The cold sake we ordered was poured into this cute small blue decanter-type container placed over ice. They didn't have that the last time we were here. Or maybe we ordered hot sake? I don't remember127862

Anyway, was about to complain that the waiter poured everything into the blue bottle and sayang bec we could only finish half. But before going home he placed it back into the original bottle and even gave us a thermal bag for it! Freebie!

Weve always liked the presentation of the food here.

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Joseph C.
5.0 Stars

best sushi platter!

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Ruth Q.
5.0 Stars

our favorite japanese restaurant! :)

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Ruth Q.
5.0 Stars

best uni sashimi!

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Julia G.
4.0 Stars

Thought I already finished my pending posts, apparently not. 128532 I still have around 3-4 more so I apologize in advance if I flood AGAIN. 9996 ...tomorrow or whenever hehe.

Had our Valentine's Day dinner here. We were really hungry upon arrival from school so we were kinda early for our reservation. I was already annoyed because we were just standing outside, staff could already see us, but wouldn't entertain us! After about 3-5 mins of just staring at them, they finally approached us. Then they told us that the seats inside were only for those who were going to avail the set menu. Hellooo you should have told me that prior to the reservation I made via phone call! We were seated in the garden instead which was alright since I've always wanted to have a cozy dinner in a garden with beautiful decors and nicely lit lights around. Still, -1 star for that.

We ordered their California Maki and Ebi Tempura Maki for starters. The California Maki was okay. I prefer TBoy's over this cause the rice had a weird texture. The Ebi Tempura Maki was good! They actually placed a small tempura in it and you can see the tail hanging out. 128517 Cute.

I ordered the Cha Soba with ebi tempura. The soba noodles were thick and filling although I think I'd like it more if it was warm instead of cold. The tempura was good, it wasn't big because of the breading which I liked. Boyfriend got the 10-hour Buta Kakuni - Braised Pork Belly with Japanese rice. WOOOW! This dish was heaven!!! It was so addicting, I have no idea what they do in those ten hours... 128563128514 I kept asking my boyfriend to slice pieces for me. 128514 10 hours preparation for this dish did it justice. 128077

We were too full to try out their famous smores! I won't forget to try it next time I visit.

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Rox P.
4.0 Stars

Having dinner there by 630pm on a Saturday night is the best if you want to have a little quiet time before the weekend crowd appears.

I keep on coming back for the soft crab maki "Spider Roll" And the Oyster Tempura. If you love the bite of wasabi, the Spider Roll is a must. The oysters are always succulent and the aioli on top gives it a nice rounded flavor. Watch your bite when it's just laid on the table- the oyster inside the batter is served piping hot!

Tried the Kobe Kalbi stone cooking for the first time last night- if you love fatty steak this should definitely be your choice. I love my steak with a lot of marbling so I definitely had a field day with this. It's served in very thin slices so if you like your meat rare to medium rare, your cooking is done for each slice in seconds. I also think this is the best way to eat the Kobe Kalbi - it's more tender and flavorful. There are 3 dipping sauces but the Teriyaki is my hands-down personal fave. Watch out for the slight splatter of oil coming from the fatty steak - annoying, but you'll live considering the meaty goodness you'll have in your mouth128516
It's a bit pricey for 100g but if you had a lot of appetizers like my friend and I had, it seems enough to share as an entree.

Not so good: broiled black cod in honey miso (sounds better than it tastes and way over priced) and the ladies' room. For such a forward-looking contemporary Japanese restaurant, it just does not compute to have such a dimly-lit and squalid-looking "single" ladies' room.

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