Japanese Restaurant Franchises in Manila for a Gastronomic Journey

Filipinos love Japanese food and so when Japanese restaurant franchise businesses entered the country, they were welcomed with open arms.

YAYOI – SM Megamall

YAYOI is a Japanese restaurant franchise that opened in SM Megamall in 2016. Its name means ‘growing’ or ‘spring’. It serves set Teishoku, a set menu that includes rice and miso soup. Many diners swear by its awesome fare and big servings. The Namban Teishoku is highly recommended. Opening hours are from 10 AM to 10 PM.

Akimitsu Tendon – NAIA 3

This restaurant franchise originated from Asakusa, Tokyo, and the Ramen Nagi group brought it into the Philippines. From the name, it is clear what this restaurant specializes in—traditional Japanese tendon or tempura donburi. They also have donburi bowls and sets on offer. One set is a mix of okra, eggplant, sweet potato, and tiger prawn tempura.

Botejyu – SM MOA

A pioneer of the legendary okonomiyaki, Botejyu at the SM MOA definitely provides pleasurable variety to Filipinos looking for authentic Japanese dining options. The restaurant franchise hails from Osaka, but is available in different parts of Japan and has been satisfying cravings for okonomiyaki since 1946.

It has seven other branches in different locations, including:

  • Ayala Malls Vertis North, Bagong Pag-asa, Quezon City
  • SM Megamall, Ortigas, Mandaluyong City
  • Festival Mall, Filinvest City, Muntinlupa City 3.5
  • Robinsons Galleria, Ortigas, Quezon City

Dohtonbori – various branches

Another okonomiyaki restaurant chain in Japan that was brought to the Philippines, Dohtonbori claims the number one spot on the list of okonomiyaki restaurants. Established in 1990 in Tokyo, there are nearly 300 stores around Asia.  

It has six outlets in Manila alone, including SM City North EDSA, Bago Bantay, Quezon City, Greenhills, San Juan City, and SM MOA.

The restaurant also serves other dishes, such as Pork Tonkatsu Ramen. But you should order any of their specialties, which include 3-Meat Okonomiyaki, Pepper Kalbi BBQ, or Butatama, and they will prepare it in front of you.

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