A. Mabini St., Malate, Manila, Metro Manila
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If you are looking for a legit Japanese restaurant and you happen to be at Malate area, go and try Matsuri Bayashi which is now called Matoi.
Found in the busy and lively streets of Malate, Matoi is a bit of a hole-in-the-wall looking restaurant because it's not as grand and big as the other restos beside it. Upon entering the resto, it's as if you'll be transported to Japan given that true blood Japanese are there, chatting loudly to a language that you can't understand, unless you're one too. Haha!
We sat at the semi-private lounge area that's a bit separated from the rest of the resto. After a matter of seconds, we were given cold hand towels for us to use, such a polite gesture from their waiters. The menu followed after and we placed our orders after a long while because they do offer a lot and you'll find it hard to decide given that the photos and text were a bit small.
Anyway, we ordered some Salmon Sashimi and Tuna Sashimi for starters. We also got their Yakisoba and Niki Udon. We were excited to try their Sake and were gladly informed by the servers that it's best drank when hot so we tried it that way.
Both salmon and tuna were fresh and tasted really delicious. If they could just serve it colder the next time, that'll make it a lot better. I loved the texture, the smell, the flavor, everything about these two.
The Yakisoba wasn't the usual. Theirs is like our usual pansit but he flavors were really strong and remarkable. The toppings included some shaved ginger and crispy fish skim strips that looked like very thin bacon at first. I enjoyed the different flavors in this dishz
The Niki Udon was really yummy! I loved the crispy fried egg flakes that were sprinkled on top. The quite spicy flavor of the soup was fulfilling too. The texture and quality of the udon was perfect --- al dente and really perfect with the soup.
The Sake was the star. Drinking it hot at first seemed unusual but it was bearable and enjoyable in fairness. It wasn't too strong as compared to the ones in bottles that you can buy in 711 but it still do has that strong kick that will make you ask for more.
They also serve complimentary cold tea that's made of rice as what my best friend said. It's like our version of sago but it's a bit tasteless for me.
Aside from the really yummy dishes, their servers were really accommodating and always have the smiling faces that will make the dining experience happier.
Of course, I'll definitely be back here!
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A hole-in-the-wall Japanese restaurant that serves donburi, basic ramen, affordable bento set meals and yummy yakitori (be sure to ask for the sweet sauce!) They're open until 5am.
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Cheap japanese thrill- my chicken teriyaki was superb for only 170 bucks and nobody else was in the place
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