This time I share one of our food haunts.
We frequent lots of Japanese restaurants but we always come back to Nihonbashi Tei, it is our comfort Japanese/Izakaya (after work dinner out) food.
The place itself doesn’t really look appealing, in fact at times the place reeks of cigarette smoke. A number of Japanese tourists and their escorts are usually seen here. That being said, the place is definitely not a kid friendly or family friendly. But they do have good food at a very reasonable price. That reason alone is good enough for us.
Their Spicy Toro Maki (lean tuna) is their best seller. Every table orders this crunchy goodness.
*Kei and I usually fights over the last piece.
The serving is also huge! I have to eat the rice part first before I can eat the top part. Crunchy, not that spicy despite the spicy attached to the name, salty and sweet, its addicting.
We are also never without two orders of their Age Takoyaki. It is very different form the soft and soggy takoyaki sold at mall booths. It has a crunch to it and you can actually see a slice of Tako (octopus) when you take a bite, they are served on a lettuce leaf drizzled with takoyaki sauce, Japanese mayo on the side and a generous amount of bonito (katsuobushi) flakes.
Since I am also a self confessed tofu addict. Agedashi Tofu is always a treat, soft and smooth with a tiny bit of crunch. They serve it with seaweed (nori) and bonito flakes.
Kei also has his staples. He is rather fond of their Curry Soba.
Savory hot soba in curry flavored broth with pork, and thinly sliced scallions.
And Japanese fried rice? That is Gohan for you. Rice cooked together with egg, vegetables, meat, shrimp seasoned with dashi and soy sauce.
Of course how can we not have the Tempura and Gyoza? When in a Japanese restaurant we permanently get these as the fool-proof food in case we did not like what we chose.
That is all our favorites from Nihonbashi-tei.
I just realized that most of what we always get are appetizers. Whatever, I love them all the same.
Oh, before I forget, they give out complimentary fruit too! (we got this after dinner)
- They also charge a 10% service charge to your total bill.
- Sake and alcoholic drinks are served here. you can buy a whole bottle and get them to keep it for you till your net visit. (We never did try those. We get coke in cans)
- If you happen to visit at lunch time, they have the lunch set menu, that is cheaper.
- The wait staff are friendly, although at times they can be too busy that they unintentionally ignore you. The food can also take quite a while.
Landmark: the establishment is right in front of Hyatt Hotel Manila.
*All my reviews, opinions, and other stuff expressed here are my own and based on my own experience with the restaurant. This is not a sponsored post, We paid for this (from) our own pocket.