Affordable Japanese Food in Nihonbashi Tei, Makati

Affordable Japanese Food in Nihonbashi Tei, Makati
Nihonbashi Tei in Makati

This is the 1st stop out of 4 restaurants/food places we visited for our first ever food trip in Makati and Fort.

We decided to explore the somewhere-in-between [of north and south] food stops, so we planned to have another food trip. Just like what we usually do, we set up a challenge, and this time we agreed not to go beyond P750. We chose this threshold because we were expecting that the prices in Makati and Fort would be bloated than what's the average.

Robie Reyes was the one who suggested the first restaurant, Nihonbashi Tei, which was intended to be the appetizer-food-stop!

The Place 

When I first entered the place, I didn't get awestruck, although I was able to feel the typical Japanese Restaurant ambiance. This was probably due to dim lighting of the place which sent of a dreary feeling for me. 
Nihonbashi Tei in Makati
Nihonbashi Tei in Makati
Japanese Style Table Setting in Nihonbashi Tei Troy Palanca, Pamela Chua, Keshia Ong and JD Castillo in Nihonbashi Tei
First, we decided to dine in the room shown above, despite it being a smoking area because we felt that no one else would use the room. Unfortunately, we were all wrong, and on top of that, they really lit a cig. Well, how naive of us to think no one will do that in a room specified for it. Due to all this, we ended up dining the typical way!

A Closer Look: Nihonbashi Tei in Makati
A Closer Look: Nihonbashi Tei in Makati

The Food 

Officially starting the food trip, we first had this delectable and highly visually appealing Spicy Toro Maki (P200).
Spicy Toro Maki of Nihonbashi Tei
Spicy Toro Maki of Nihonbashi Tei
Before delving into the taste, check out first the price! Considering the size of each of these maki, everybody agreed that this dish was reasonably priced. The taste was superb! Although it has the word Spicy attached to its name, the Spicy Toro Maki offers a different kind of adventure because of the crunchiness, controlled level of spiciness and fresh tuna taste! All these characteristics of the dish make it highly unforgettable!

It was my first time to have a Spicy Toro Maki, and luckily I had a great one!

Next one up was the Salmon Sashimi (P280):
Salmon Sashimi of Nihonbashi Tei
Salmon Sashimi of Nihonbashi Tei
Frankly, I can't fully differentiate sashimis that restaurants serve, but somehow I can tell how the texture varies. Take for example this Salmon Sashimi of Nihonbashi Tei. I can tell it was somehow fresh because of the fine taste; however, I am guessing that it may not be that super fresh because of the slight toughness of the texture. Regardless, I still was able to enjoy this one!

Okay, for the next one, we have the Uni Sashimi (P220)!
The Unique Taste of Uni Sashimi in Nihonbashi Tei
The Unique Taste of Uni Sashimi in Nihonbashi Tei
This Uni Sashimi was a great bargain since it only costed us P220 which was considerably inexpensive as compared with other Japanese restaurants. I can't fully describe the taste, but all I know is that it was a little bit slimy with a rather fantastic taste - something that I've never had before.

Friendly reminder: If you have a sensitive stomach, you may want to eat this after having something else first to avoid getting into any trouble.

Last but not the least was the Nigirsushi Set at P280.
Nigirisushi Set: Variety of Sushi in Nihonbashi Tei
Nigirisushi Set: Variety of Sushi!
I have two phrases that I can associate with this Nigirisushi- interesting set and great variety! As expected, we were able to taste the freshness of the sushis. The taste was somehow similar to the sashimis we ordered except that these sushis obviously contained rice. Anyway, if you will be choosing only one appetizer, I suggest this one because you'll already be able to enjoy different flavors that will really tickle your taste buds!

Miso Soup of Nihonbashi Tei
Miso Soup that goes with the Nigirisushi Set

Now, I just want to share with you a tip when ordering this dish. Nigirisushi can also be ordered a la carte at P350, but you may have it as a set for only P280 (which include the Nigirsushi and the miso soup). Note, however, that the set can only be ordered from 11:00pm to 5:00pm.

Update 01/19/15 I can't believe how fast the time went all those years. I posted about this restaurant in 2013, and now it's already 2015. Hence, with this, I decided to give this post some updates considering that my colleagues and I frequently visit this place for some comforting dishes.

Spicy Toro Sashimi || P220 - Tuna || P280 Salmon
Nihonbashi Tei's famous Spicy Toro Sashimi
Nihonbashi Tei's famous Spicy Toro Sashimi
Dubbed by my work mates as the most-favorite dish in Nihonbashi Tei, this Spicy Toro Sashimi is surely something you shouldn't miss! It has this flavorful hotness that blends well with the fresh seafood taste of either tuna or salmon.

Spicy Toro Maki || P200
Spicy Toro Maki of Nihonbashi Tei in Makati
Spicy Toro Maki of Nihonbashi Tei in Makati
I included this dish again for this update to show how consistent Nihonbashi Tei is with this particular dish. Also, I really love how it was served this time.

Beef Teppanyaki Meal (Lunch Set)|| P280
Beef Teppanyaki served with Miso Soup, Rice and Iced Coffee
Nihonbashi Tei's Beef Teppanykai
Beef Teppanyaki - a lunch set promo item that can be shared by 2
Although the Beef Teppanyaki does not convene with Japanese Teppanyaki (since the latter is normally cube-like rather than strip-like), it is already good (with its sweet and savory sauce) for the price! Also, the serving is generous, so you may want to share this with a friend.

Now, permit me to share this photo with you as I plant more seeds of memories here in the blog:
Planting seeds of memories - A Not-So-Popular Kid with SGV colleagues
Planting seeds of memories - A Not-So-Popular Kid with SGV colleagues
Nothing beats the joy derived from eating when you are with good friends sharing the same fired passion for food!

Here's a photo of me in another branch of Nihonbashi Tei in Adriatico:
A Not-So-Popular Kid in Nihonbashi Tei

Nihonbashi Te i- Overall Ratings and Summary

Note: Unshaded stars are equivalents of half-stars. The ratings reflect my personal experiences on the times I dine here.
Place:  ★★
Service★★ (The staff often seem unfriendly)
Price:  ★★
Budget: at least P350 each for light to moderate dining experience for a group of at least 4
No. of visits for this particular restaurant/branch - 10+ || Date of last visit - Unidentified

Overall, we had an amazing start, and we got very much fueled up to continue on with our food trip! Having said this, I now wrap up the appetizer part of the food trip! Don't forget to check out this blog for the 2nd Stop at the Relik Tapas Bar and Lounge!

Nihonbashi tei
Location: 806 Arnaiz Ave., San Lorenzo, Makati (beside Don Bosco Church)
Service Charge: 10% of the price

Contact Number: (02) 818-8893
Service Time: 11:00am to 7:00pm

Set Menu of Nihonbashi Tei for Lunch (May 2013):
Lunch Set Menu and Prices of Nihonbashi Tei 2Lunch Set Menu and Prices of Nihonbashi Tei 1
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  1. I've been meaning to try Nihonbashi-Tei but I always forget to go there when I'm in the area. Anyway, great photos and review! It's really nice to eat out with foodie friends. Enjoy na, it won't be as heavy pa than dining solo or just with one companion.. XD

    PS: Craving for uni now!

    1. Thanks for dropping by Sumi! Yup, it feels great to eat great food with great friends! Yes, the Uni tasted amazing! :)

  2. Should really schedule a food trip there! I'm getting curious about this place. :)

    1. Before I was able to check out Nihonbashi Tei, I was somehow familiar with the place already because we often see it when we go to Greenbelt. Luckily it was suggested as our first food stop. :)


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