Yamazaki

2277 Chino Roces Ave. cor. Fernando St., Makati, Metro Manila

Yamazaki
4.4
4.5 Stars

55 Reviewers

  • 5 stars 24
  • 4 stars 28
  • 3 stars 3
  • 2 stars 0
  • 1 star 0
  • 65 Reviews
  • 35 Recommend
  • 55 Reviewers
Category:
Japanese
Business Hours
Open: 8:00a - 10:00p
Phone
+6328932163

Hours

  • Sunday
    • 8:00a - 10:00p
  • Monday
    • 8:00a - 10:00p
  • Tuesday
    • 8:00a - 10:00p
  • Wednesday
    • 8:00a - 10:00p
  • Thursday
    • 8:00a - 10:00p
  • Friday
    • 8:00a - 10:00p
  • Saturday
    • 8:00a - 10:00p

Payment Options

Cash

Most Recent Reviews

Jill T.
5.0 Stars

Always a win. Beef Yakiniku is my staple order. The ramen is hearty. Not creamy-Mendokoro-level-creamy but still so good. 10084

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Paolo S.
5.0 Stars

This quaint little grocery along the exterior of little tokyo may not be as eye catching at first. But once you go inside you'll walk into this homey japanese supermarket with a restaurant. It can get busy at times and you'll be wait listed to get a seat, though it shouldn't take that long. Turn over is pretty fast.

I honestly think the grocery/restaurant setup serves a dual purpose: 1.) To highlight the quality of ingredients being sold in the grocery through cooking, and 2.) To keep the prices down, since what they cook comes from their grocery anyway.

And on that note, food is cheap and good! Hardly anything above P250. Most menu items are in the P100-P200 range, and for authentic simple japanese cooking like this... take my money! 128514 Nothing fancy about eating here from the ambience to the food, but what you get is no-frills down-to-earth bento sets, rice meals, and ramen. Serving sizes are great-for-value too given the prices. 128077

I've come back several times to try what most of my friends recommended and my favorites are:

- Yamazaki special ramen -> big @$$ ramen bowl of clear soy based broth, noodles, and 7 slices of lean chashu. Yes, lean chashu and i dont mind at all. And i could somehow taste the flavor of egg(?) seeping from the noodles into the broth, which made for an even more delicious treat. 127858

- Makunouchi bento -> bento box of grilled salmon, karaage, beef yakiniku, and sides. Everything was done well and flavorful. Loved the salmon! 127857

- Katsu curry set -> japanese curry? Enough said. Tender and lean breaded pork curlet in curry sauce w/ potatoes and carrots on a bed of rice. 127835

- Saikoro Steak Set -> this one's REALLY good! Tender and flavorful beef cubes, sitting on a bed of yasai itame, and topped with crisp garlic chips. 128562 Biting into the beef cubes is almost like biting into fat, and the flavorful juices bursting out while you chew. This went really well with steaming hot white rice.

On a side note, their yasai itame is one of the best i've had. I know its just stir fried mixed vegetables typically relegated as a side order or part of a set meal. But seriously, Yamazaki does theirs quite well!

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Carla M.
4.0 Stars

My cousin loves Japanese food so when she visited me in my office, I brought her to Yamazaki in Little Tokyo for lunch. It was her first time to try this place.

Got there early but we were asked to wait since all tables were occupied. After ten minutes, a customers bills out and we were finally seated. Browsed the menu and I was torn if I should have a shoyu ramen or a donburi. I decided to try their Oyakodon since I've had the ramen several times already, while my cousin ordered Tonkatsu.

Serving size for the meals were generous considering our food were less than P200 each. Mine was served with miso soup and pickled veggies on the side, and her tonkatsu came with soup and cold salad. The salad looked weird coz they used spaghetti noodles with mayo-based dressing but she said it tasted good.

Their oyakodon looked the same as what other restaurants serve. Chicken and egg omelette on top of a bowl of steamed rice with sweet- savory sauce. I liked their oyakodon coz it was tasty but not too salty. 🙂 Simple and filling. 128077🏼

My cousin enjoyed her katsu too. It may not be Yabu or Maisen level, but she liked how they made it crunchy on the outside but the inside remained tender.

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Nobuo T.
5.0 Stars

I loved it.

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Nobuo T.
5.0 Stars

I loved it.

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Jacob S.
5.0 Stars

I loved it.

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Dan P.
5.0 Stars

A high-school batch-mate of mine recommended this simple restaurant along Little Tokyo. Had to wait since the place was jam packed. Ordered the Makunoudi (P319.00), Yasai Tame (P106.00), Unadon (P400) and Iced Tea (P50.00). Place looked like a college canteen and beside it is a Japanese grocery. Servers were conversant and amiable. The veggies tasted grilled and the bento box was full of delightful treats. They have probably one of the heftiest and tastiest Unagi around! It even has free soup which had a lot of onions128076🏻. Everything was tasty and affordable. Our bill didn't even reach 1K and we couldn't move because of its portions especially the rice. No wonder even single people dine here, saw around 3 singles eat during our stay. Definitely a cheap place to eat when one is craving for Japanese rice meals. Too bad they don't have sashimi. Will try their "Chek-in"'(Look at the menu and look for it hahaha1285409996🏻️). Overall, a great place to dine to alleviate your Japanese cravings that is value for money.128077🏻

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レロン テ.
4.0 Stars

I liked it.

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Gela B.
4.0 Stars

Probably one of the cheaper places in Little Tokyo. Affordable authentic Japanese food! Sulit because the servings are pretty big + with miso soup and a bunch of side dishes. What I didn't like was the pasta that came with the meal. Super bland, it tasted like cardboard lol. The meat tasted good though!

Good/bad: this place is inside a Japanese grocery. They have so much stuff you just want to buy. All these Japanese snacks. AHHH. I'm super happy that Japan's still not over Frozen lol they have Frozen chips, Frozen Kirin milk tea, etc.

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Bogs F.
5.0 Stars

I friggin love this place, have been a constant patron since my college days when my dad brought me here first (he works nearby). Cheap-a$$ bento sets, good ramen, and the sides are quite wonderfully done!

Try a ramen bento for around 220 pesos, its big, and has some really good options to pair with included. Choose any 2 between: gyoza (pretty damn good), yasai itame (highly recommended for parents who brought their kids and want them to like veggies-trust me, its good), and my favorite chahan (jap fried rice done to perfection). I usually get gyoza and chahan and hope that whoever I'm with get the yasai so I can share.. Lol..

But.... I give this rating based on past experience. Recently, this place, which used to be the quaint, quiet and cozy breakfast-lunch-dinner haunt of the ultra-disciplined and peaceful Japanese expats, has now been invaded by the wave of "foodies" and people following up on this all-encompassing ramen fad, and it has made this place noisy and raucous at times. In fact, the Japanese patrons are less, and apparently just resort to takeout. In the past, i loved the quiet efficiency at which the place bustled, the extremely polite and respectful Japanese patrons who love their solitude amidst the shuffling of others, and the food, the glorious food. Now, the erstwhile patrons have been evicted by this army of "ramen foodie hipsters", who are brash, uncouth, noisy-as-f@ck, and always talk out loud about how they love ramen and rave about their last try at Ramen Nagi or some other ramen place. I only thank the Shinto gods for keeping the food good and consistent after 15 years of dining.

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Michelle C.
4.0 Stars

We've long been wanting to try this small ramen place inside this little Japanese grocery store. And try we did! And it was awesome! So awesome I had to order three more pieces of their chashu pork. Their gyoza was yummy as well but could have used a little more filling. But it was great nonetheless. Ramen P180. Extra chashu P15 per piece.

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Portia P.
5.0 Stars

Best hole-in-a-wall Japanese resto. We were on our way to an event at Tiu Theatre so we dropped by Little Tokyo for a meal.

This is a grocery and restaurant that serves no-frills Japanese food. There are more Japanese expats than locals here, so we were clued in to the awesomeness of the place. We sat in the smoking area as there are no more place in the non-smoking one. Great decision. You won't even smell the smoke. But expats are here, eating, watching Japanese channel or reading a Japanese newspaper or manga. Good vibe.

Ordered the Shake (salmon) set while Ian ordered the Furai set. Loved the food. Very old school. I was an exchange student in high school and I can still remember the first meal my host family served is a fish set, very similar to how Yamazaki served it. This place is a real taste of Japan inside the metro, and the crowd is a testament to that.

We had a very generous serving of beer. All of this for a little over P500. Very affordable. Then we bought some snacks from the grocery. Good times. We will be back.

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TheMitch M.
5.0 Stars

Japanese food often scares me.
Not that it isn't delicious, it's just that, they are very adventurous when it comes to seafood.
The photo of the plate alone shows you about 6 different things I cannot name.
Ursula's arms?
Little black dots of i-have-no-idea.
Probably Salmon.
Preserved peach chunks.
That there is an orange slice.
The pink neon thing I initially thought was rubber band from someone's braces (turns out it's
radish).
Some cured mushrooms.
Some deep fried stuff.
I see tempura.
There's chicken and beef too.
The red dot was not a cherry.
There was seaweed.
Now, I'm not saying those did not go perfectly with each other because they did.
What I'm saying is that I am not used to Japanese food but by george I will
give it a try. Glad I tried it here.
For one, when you enter the place, you know for sure it's mad authentic because there are probably more Japanese businessmen reading the newspaper and sipping their tea than there are Pinoys.
There are also stacks and stacks of manga (?) and other Japanese literature on the counter side.
And just off the back is a grocery that has evern weirder stuff for sale.

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GGG X.
4.0 Stars

Just like old Japanese teishokuya style

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Gabriel F.
4.0 Stars

I recommend their Ramen set with Japanese Fried Rice and Gyoza. What I like about this place is they have an air conditioned smoking area. You will definitely feel you are in Japan, because a lot of Japanese expats dine here. This is the most sulit place in Little Tokyo for me. Your 200 pesos can fill your tummy big time! The waitresses are very accomodating.

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Ian P.
4.0 Stars

Saturdate with the wifey. She was craving for Jap food. She suggested Little Tokyo, and left it to me to choose the restaurant. I checked on looloo, and saw Yamazaki with good ratings, so we decided to check it out.

First impression of the restaurant: you will not even stop by here. In the many times that we've passed this place, we have never noticed Yamazaki even though it was right beside our favorite, Seryna.

As we entered, we noticed that this place did not look like the usual Japanese restaurant. First, it shared a grocery store on the right side of the room (which we got excited about, since my wife and I love Japanese food items). Second, it had the cafeteria vibe to it.

As we went over the menu, we discovered that they did not offer the usual: sushi, sashimi, kobe beef, and other dishes you would normally find in other Japanese restaurants. The menu was very limited to the fried stuff, gyoza, ramen, and fried rice.

The best thing about Yamazaki is the price. Everything was AFFORDABLE!

We ordered the following: a bowl of miso ramen (it was big!!!), gyoza, chahan, tori karaage, 2pcs Ebi tempura, and 2 beers. Everything on the picture cost us P671. That is a steal!

Taste-wise, it was good. But not our favorite. We wouldn't crave for it, but we would come back if we're on a budget.

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Marili Anne M.
4.0 Stars

I liked it.

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Neil R.
4.0 Stars

Last July, a cool breeze covered Makati in the wake of Typhoon Glenda. That ramen-weather was perfect for a trip to nearby Yamazaki.

They were sporting a new menu (with photos, this time around). Maybe it would be useful at another time since I already knew what I would be having for lunch.

✅ Yamazaki Special Ramen: P218

This dance between the noodles and broth were backed up by petchay leaves, chopped green onion stalks and 6 pieces of char-siu. There were no complicated moves or steps in this performance, just a simple "pa-sway sway lang."

The pork could have used some extra time in the pressure cooker in order to achieve tender perfection. Yet the big, thick cuts with minimal fat totally made up for it.

The soup obviously did not simmer for hours on end. So instead of a rich consistency, it was runny.

In spite of these, it mattered not. On this gloomy day and with the helpful addition of a copious amount of chili oil, it resulted in a hearty satisfaction.

Yes, Yamazaki's flavor profiles pale in comparison to their Little Tokyo neighbors. Nevertheless proximity and value for money make it a destination I'd consider anytime.

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Reese B.
5.0 Stars

This is a hole in the wall Japanese restaurant and grocery in Little Tokyo that serves authentic Japanese food---nothing fancy, not chef-cooked. Just straight o Japanese everything :) though I believe they changed their noodles. The ones they serve before is a lot better. Though still the best for your buck if you're after some oishi meals :)

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Maan B.
4.0 Stars

Hamburg steak teishoku! ✔ 128512 Best to go here when craving for Japanese food. Selections are very affordable and delicious. 128521

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