Oishinbo

Chino Roces Ave., Little Tokyo, Makati, Metro Manila

Oishinbo
4.3
4.5 Stars

27 Reviewers

  • 5 stars 12
  • 4 stars 12
  • 3 stars 2
  • 2 stars 1
  • 1 star 0
  • 27 Reviews
  • 55 Recommend
  • 27 Reviewers
Category:
Japanese
Business Hours
Reopens: 11:30a - 2:30p
Phone
+6328943744

Hours

  • Sunday
    • 11:30a - 2:30p
    • 5:00p - 11:00p
  • Monday
    • 11:30a - 2:30p
    • 5:00p - 11:00p
  • Tuesday
    • 11:30a - 2:30p
    • 5:00p - 11:00p
  • Wednesday
    • 11:30a - 2:30p
    • 5:00p - 11:00p
  • Thursday
    • 11:30a - 2:30p
    • 5:00p - 11:00p
  • Friday
    • 11:30a - 2:30p
    • 5:00p - 11:00p
  • Saturday
    • 11:30a - 2:30p
    • 5:00p - 11:00p

Payment Options

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Most Recent Reviews

Abe C.
4.0 Stars
4

Had lunch here earlier with two of my former team members. I'm loving the salmon sashimi. 6 pieces, very thick, very fresh, juicy and well presented atop a bowl of ice. Gujab, guys. Though its hefty price tag at P390 makes it a bit of an ouch on the pocket, I think it was more or less worth it. Not a bargain certainly. 127775127775127775127775

Ordered also their Yaki Soba lunch set, which comes with rice and two fat pieces of Gyoza, P330. Also a pretty solid, if unspectacular, choice. 1277751277751277751/2

I also ordered one pork yakitori (otherwise known as their butabara), and I liked that too. Well seasoned with salt, big pieces. P80 a stick. It'll be cheaper at San Juan's Tori Tori, but this one's good. 127775127775127775127775

Service was good.

Ambience was okay. Feels like those Japanese restos in Tokyo side streets, but less well maintained. A bit pricey but they have lunch bento sets for about P300 to P390. Not bad. Good quality.

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Wiljohn M.
5.0 Stars
4

How do you know if you are eating authentic Jap food in Metro Manila? Simple, go to a place where the Japanese hang out to dine. This is what we did when we visited Little Tokyo. A hole in the wall spot in Makati that transports you to another world. Eating here is like eating at those small restos in Japan. The sights, the smells, the people everything.

For our first visit we chose Oshinbo. The place is so Japanese! You hear Nihonggo spoken in the background with NHK being broadcast in the background.

The food is oh so yummey! Salmon sashimi was fresh and served in big slices. The gyoza was likewise very tender and flavorful. I also loved the chicken and the pork yakitori. Sauce or no sauce, it tasted good. My wife also enjoyed her bento box which had chicken teriyaki, yasai, mashed potato, rice and miso soup. We were not able to finish our food because of the big servings.

Time to raid the other restos in the area next time.

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Paolo S.
4.0 Stars

I think i've found my favorite place for tempura! The batter is just perfect!!! Very light, crispy, and not overpowering sa umay. The batter does a great job at being what its supposed to be - delicious, without taking away the spotlight from whatever it coats. The perfect compliment that highlights the juicyness and flavor of the real star of the show whether it be the prawn, tuna, salmon, squid, or the vegetables.

The other house specialty, their yakitori, is just as notable and grilled just right. Would definitely come back to try the other sticks as I only got the chance to try 3 of them with their bento set. 128522

I like how they plated their california maki 128076 and their 5 kinds sashimi was a thing of beauty! You can skip the tonkotsu ramen and gyoza. Ramen was just so-so for the price. You can get better for the same price or less, or just add a hundred bucks for a bigger and more premium quality bowl elsewhere. The gyoza was soggy and fell apart when holding it with chopsticks. The filling was mostly veggies and didnt taste that great, and the sauce came pre-mixed (i usually make the dipping sauce to my own preference). 128533

I would have given 3 stars because of the ramen and gyoza but the tempura was just toooo gooood.... 128077128077128077

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AAA M.
5.0 Stars

Loved the chawan mushi here plus the salmon was really fresh and beef bow was full of flavor and not too sweetl. Best of all, we love the service and the fact they let us buy food from other restau as long as they don't have it in their menu too. Great choice here in little tokyo 9786128149

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Ron V.
4.0 Stars

I liked it.

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Nirvana Time E.
4.0 Stars

I liked it.

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Anne A.
4.0 Stars

The ambiance is cool! (Though, inside is quite smokey because of the grilled foods they are cooking inside) Ramen is okay, rating 3/5. Serving size is big. (One bowl of ramen can be shared by two persons) But they don't have Enma Ramen not unlike at Urameshi-ya. Must try: Tonkatsu with mashed potato. 128523

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Chili G.
4.0 Stars

Was in the MCS area with my friend so we decided to try little tokyo since I haven't been there yet. Izakaya was full so we ventured inside and found oishinbo right in the middle of the courtyard. It was so quaint and cute!
Place is a little bit cramped though, really reminiscent of Japanese izakayas. Menus were extensive and but their specialty is yakitori. We got the ff:
- Chirashidon
- Three kinds of sashimi
- Beef curry
- Shoyu ramen
- Pork Yakitori
- Gyoza
- Ebi Fry Bento box

Everything was delicious! The ramen was a bit 'malabnaw' but still tasty. Food was served very quickly (so turnover is fast). The sashimi were exceptionally good, soft as butter! The gyoza is also a close competitor to yushoken's! Will definitely go back for the yakitori ü
Bill was php2500 for all the food we got ü

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Kaye O.
5.0 Stars

Date night. We ordered chicken teriyaki bento here, a couple of beer and yakisoba. Their bento is really filling. The chicken is really tasty. I just dont like their yakisoba, its too oily.

We also ordered takoyaki and shaved ice cream at Hana. Yes, they allow you to order from other restos.

We wanted to dine outside but I was wearing shorts and there were too many mosquitoes. So we stayed inside.

Good thing we were able to park right away when we got there.

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Mia M.
4.0 Stars

The place doesn't feel super nice BUT the food made it all better 128522 I prefer you dine outside for that "little tokyo" feels 128077

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Jill R.
4.0 Stars

Five stars for the food. We ordered Chicken teriyaki bento box, shoyu ramen, and crunchy maki. We only paid 266 pesos each and we were so full and satisfied taste wise.

The only thing that I did not like about Little Tokyo was the parking. It was crazy and we had to park in Makati Cinema Square which was a very unfamiliar place.

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Tiffany M.
3.0 Stars

Japanese Cuisine again!! :) It is one of the resto in Little Tokyo. Small resto that provides good food specially Maki. We ordered Ebi Tempura Maki - it was crispy at the outside and soft, cooked well shrimp inside. They only served 6pcs but the size was ok. Compared to other jap resto they serve 8pcs for the same price. Of course ordered the favorite yakitori again it was also good, I recommend Pork and chicken yakitori. It was a 4 Star but the service is not that good the waitress is always high pitch, not a good way to serve customers.

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Meg Y.
2.0 Stars

We had a bad experience the second time we ate here. We went on a Sunday, it was around 11:30 am and we were the first customers of the resto. We had a sushi platter that we didn't enjoy much because we knew it wasn't very fresh.

That night, I had diarrhea. I think it was because of the uni. 128532128532128532

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Kim L.
4.0 Stars

Oishinbo in Little Tokyo has good japanese food at affordable prices compared to other famous japanese restos in the metro. The Ebi Tempura have very big pieces and tastes like authentic japanese tempura. The beef teppan is good but is kinda oily i think thats the only negative to it. The service was good but can be improved. Among the few restaurants in little tokyo, this resto accepts credit cards 128522

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Christian Ian A.
5.0 Stars

worth searching for..

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Bam A.
5.0 Stars

So again, my friends and I were seated right in the middle of Little Tokyo when I craved for tempura. Good thing we can cross-order! So we got 2 orders of Ebi Tempura from Oishinbo.

Saraaaaap!!!! I tell you, this has got to be one of the best Ebi tempura I've had in a long while 127844 The taste of the shrimp was not drowned out by the batter and the sauce, which is usually the case with most tempuras. The tempura was crunchy and the shrimp big and meaty 128516

Next time I'll try their bento box here in Oishinbo 128541

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Alyssa L.
5.0 Stars

Oishinbo meaning "The Gourmet" truly lives up to it's name. This is the smallest restaurant you can find in Little Tokyo, and if you don't look carefully, you might miss it and even mistake it to be a part of another restaurant.

Stepping inside this quaint little place would feel like you've teleported yourself from Manila to Tokyo in a matter of seconds. Even most of the other patrons are Japanese too!

I've eaten here at least 5 times already and each experience is always as good as the last. My top picks are: Uni sashimi, salmon sashimi, spicy sesame chicken wings, unagi sushi, California maki, and probably the best tempura you will ever have (I've even converted my best friend into liking tempura because of it!!).

Prepare at least 600 pesos per head, but with the belly rub you'll give yourself after, it's definitely worth it. 128077128077128077

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Jessica T.
5.0 Stars

That's some crazy good Japanese food right there! 128536

The chicken was tender, the skin was still crispy and the sauce was really good - not too sweet, not salty either. It was well worth the 300+ bucks that you're gonna pay for. Also, legit Japanese rice. 128527

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Krisella L.
3.0 Stars

The eating spaces were kind of cramped, but it didn't bother me too much since I'm sort of used to small spaces.

The food was decent in taste and the servers were polite enough and very knowledgeable about the menu. I'd recommend you get their Yakitori skewers, depending on your preference. We got chicken with spring onions, chicken wings, gizzard, heart, liver, and soft cartilage. The meat was very tender and quite
flavorful. Their ramen, on the other hand, is just so-so. Their bowls only contained one piece of pork (that was really just comprised of fat), a small egg, and a large helping of green onions.

Total damage was P1,688 for 3 people, for the 2 bowls of ramen, 1 ramen set, plus an assortment of Yakitori sticks (around 9-12 pcs). I'd suggest ordering the ramen and the gyoza separately, as you only get two small pieces and a bowl of japanese rice in the set.

Tip: Don't eat near the table beside the entrance, as the constant opening and closing of the doors for customers basically ensures that the insects that fly into the establishment will target you and your food first and the coldness of the aircon will seep out. It became quite hot when we ate there, so it was slightly uncomfortable.

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Lerlyn D.
5.0 Stars

How would I rate oshinbo? Hmmmn..just quite good! We ve been there actually with my son a couple of months ago..the fud that we order was absolutely ok ! Guess what, why I'm surprise? The buts bata was so big ! Fantastic! Coz I couldn't imagine that itsbigger compare to other Japanese resto. Sobra sarap also.. My son can't wait to eat even if its coming pa to serve hehehe! Ayun Anubis ESP the tonkatsu means pork cut malalaki din! Big bonus right? We enjoy so much eating at oshinbo! C yah again...!

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