Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Nihonbashi Tei Malate Review

There's a new restaurant in Malate. Well, it's not really new but I've only eaten there twice. It's Nihonbashi Tei. Obviously it's a Japanese restaurant.

The first time I ate there was with my office mates. I tried the Katsudon (breaded pork chop rice topping) set meal. This includes the appetizer and dessert - a choice between nata de coco and iced coffee. I chose the latter. Let me tell you, one serving is enough for two people already.

My office mates ordered Tempura and Gyudon set meals. We also ordered the Salmon sashimi. It's to die for. It literally melts in your mouth. By the end of lunch our tummies were already very full.

The day after I was there again, this time with my boyfriend for our monthsary. We ordered A LOT of food - Miso Ramen, Tempura, Salmon sashimi, and Katsu Curry, which we just took home. The Miso Ramen was heavenly, very authentic and different from other Japanese restaurants. The prawns used for the Tempura were huge. Katsu Curry was flavorful and not too spicy for my taste, and I don't like spicy food most of the time. The meat though was a little tough for my sensitive teeth.

Things I don't like about Nihonbashi Tei: they allow smoking in the restaurant, and their toilet is clogged up. Another downside is that most of the patrons are foreigners sans GROs, but hey, we're in Malate.

My ratings (1 to 10, with 10 being the highest):

Ambience - 6.5. I really am not one for smoking. Although I can't smell it, I know I can breathe the smoke in.
Food - 8. I have the feeling that they serve the most authentic Japanese food here in the Philippines, although I have yet to try some of the other Japanese restaurants.
Service - 6.5. Although the servers are diligent in performing their tasks, they can be noisy, talking to each other even though they are at different corners of the restaurant.

Nihonbashi Tei has two branches in the Philippines that I know of:

Malate branch(in front of the Hyatt)
483 Pedro Gil Street, Ermita, Manila, Philippines
Tel: +632-708-2807

Makati branch
806 Arnaiz Ave., Pasay Rd.
Makati City
Tel: +632-818-8893

I hope they put up a website soon. 


  1. LOL sorry naubos agad yung food bago ko pa ma-picturan. :p Next time :)

  2. I love Japanese Resto... hoping to try nihonbashi next time. :) Probably the one in Makati...

  3. Hi Liz! Go ahead! Just be sure to bring lotsa friends, taga-ubos ng food. :p

  4. I haven't tried eating there, but hopefully soon! So many restaurants to try and yet so little time, hehe. Please include the eye candy photos next time, I want to make sure they plate well! Thanks sis :P

  5. Hi Madz! I'll try to take photos next time :)

  6. I miss eating sushi and sashimi. I'm pregnant and have been advised not to touch them since they contain raw meat. Such is the sacrifice! Hehehe!

    I did make hubby promise that we'll eat at sakae sushi after I give birth though. So looking forward to that. Hehehe! =)

  7. Wow! Congratulations on your pregnancy! It's worth the sacrifice naman e :) Good luck! :)