A Journey to Little Tokyo's Izakaya Kikufuji Restaurant
|The best dish of the night - Gyu Kushi of Izakaya Kikufuji!|
With the quest of finding a good place to celebrate my mom's birthday, I decided to browse in the net and ask around. Then, my sister made the mission easier by suggesting Little Tokyo. I went to seek advise from my good friend, Keshia, and finally my quest came to an end as Izakaya Kikufuji ended up etched in my notepad-cum-planner.
|Antiquated interior of Izakaya Kikufuji Japanese Restaurant|
Nestled in a humble place called Little Tokyo, Kikufuji is a restaurant specializing on Japanese cuisine with an already established reputation.
The restaurant features a beautifully ornate ambiance that makes you feel like you are dining during the 80s or 90s which may be unintentional since it was actually built during that time. In fact, many foodies are suggesting a renovation for this restaurant because the equipment, design and interior are getting evidently older and perhaps outdated. Although I agree with a renovation, it might probably be better if the management retains the concept (i.e. ornate and authentic feel) because it adds up to the uniqueness of the dining experience.
|Preparing some Japanese dish in Izakaya Kikufuji|
Now, of course, Kikufuji will not be as famous as it is today without the authentic Japanese dishes it serves. Shall we proceed with the exploration?
Kani Salad Special || P320
Normally, I enjoy salads that possess a highly refreshing taste matched with supreme freshness. However, although these characteristics were found in this Kani Salad, I found it excessively simplistic (i.e. approaching but asymptotic to being bland) that killed off the spark.
Kani Salad Special || P320
Fresh greens with mangoes, corn cobs, kani and fish eggs drizzled by a light dressing
|The overly simplistic Kani Salad of Izakaya Kikufuji|
On the other hand, it is important to note that based on the reviews of other foodies, the Kani Salad belongs to the top recommendations.
Spicy Tuna Maki || P240
|Heavenly Spicy Tuna Maki that Sparks up the taste buds!|
Yaki Soba || P225
|Yakisoba - a birthday noodles substitute for my mom's birthday!|
Chawan Mushi || P120
|Kikufuji's own Chawan Mushi Creation!|
Spicy Tuna Sashimi || P280
|Spicy Tuna Sashimi/Tartare of Izakaya Kikufuji|
Also, even if I might go for he Tempura Tuna Tartare or Spicy Toro Maki due to their better mix of flavor, the tuna of Kikufuji was evidently the freshest and fullest among the three.
Ebi Tempura (4 pcs) || P205
|The affordable but overly bland Ebi Tempura|
Ton Katsu || P205
|Affordable Tonkatsu of Izakaya Kikufuji in Little Tokyo|
Menchi Katsu || P180
|The meatball-like Menchi Katsu - good but ordinary|
Gyu Kushi (1 pc) || P125
|The breathtakingly flavorful Gyu Kushi of Izakaya Kikufuji|
Enoki Bacon (1pc) || P52 and Tori Kawa || P40
|Bacon-wrapped Golden Mushroom and Chicken Yakitori of Kikufuji!|
Gindara || P370
|The perfect dinner ender - Gindara in Teriyaki Sauce!|
|A Not-So-Popular Kid in Izakaya Kikufuji|
Izakaya Kikufuji Restaurant - Overall Ratings
Note: Unshaded stars are equivalents of half-stars. The ratings were revised based on a more recent dining experience.
Value for Money ★★★☆
Budget: P400 and up per head for a group of at least 4 for a moderate dining experience
Dining Tips and Highlights
- Have a reservation to secure some seats here in Izakaya Kikufuji. Most of the time, they run a full-house.
- Never miss the Gyu Kushi because that's the best I've tried so far!
- Avoid the salmon onigiri, agedashi tofu, tempura, yakisoba, menchi katsu and chawan mushi, not because they tasted bad, but rather because they were mediocre relative to other dishes they serve here.
- Go for the sushi, sashimi, yakitori and other grillables, since it seems like these are the specialties.
- Never dine alone. Most of the dishes are for sharing, and of course, it is a way to try out more dishes at lower cost per person.
How about you - do you recommend this place?
Location: Little Tokyo, 2277 Chino Roces Avenue, Legaspi Village, Makati City
Service Charge: 10% before VAT
Credit cards are accepted.
Reservation Number: (02) 893 6131
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