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Sumptuous Sundays: Izakaya Kikufuji

Did you know that Chino Roces, Makati is known for authentic (as in authentic!) Japanese restaurants? This small row of Japanese restos right beside Plaza Fair/Makati Cinema Square called Little Tokyo is home to some of the longest- standing Japanese restaurants in the metro and one of them is Izakaya Kikufuji; it is perhaps the most popular in the area! Kikufuji, the name that it's more popularly known for, is also the go- to place for sushi lovers!

PRICE RANGE: Ala Carte Mains start at P280.00; Sushi starts at P50.00/piece; Sushi sets start at P1,000.00

Izakaya Kikufuji is a dojo- inspired restaurant; a bit old and worn, but never fails to captivate you with its old world charm.

Here are some of their most famous dishes:

Spicy Tuna Sashimi

Not the usual Tuna Sashimi, Kikufuji's version is deep fried with hints of chili and light mayo dressing. Never thought that Sashimi could be served this way; it's like sashimi blasphemy. At first, it doesn't seem edible and was purely lacking in aesthetic quality, but one bite will make you realize that it's the living testament to "Don't judge the book by its cover."

Sake

- Not the wine, but Salmon Sushi. Sushi's here are usually sold per piece and Sake is at P72.00. This is my favorite Sushi at Kikufuji. The sushis and sashimis here taste really fresh and clean. 

P.S. The Salmon has Wasabi paste in the middle. Just cautioning sensitive eaters out there. :)

Wagyu Sticks

- OMFG. NOW I'M CRAVING. Prepare to forget your name when you sink your teeth in these sticks of melt-in-your-mouth, squared pieces of heaven. My friends were right about this: it's the juiciest Wagyu barbecue there is. A little fatty, but who cares? Who told you to go here on a diet? :D I also like that the meat is just peppered and salted, and brushed on with a bit of oil, thus the natural juiciness of the meat is retained. I could be overhyping, I could just be a plain meat lover, but think about this: It is no accident that five of my friends, including I, who tried these for the first time ended up LOVING them. Never ever forget to try these when you visit Kikufuji! ;)

Izakaya Kikufuji serves simply tasty Japanese food. That's it! This restaurant is always packed though, most especially Fridays, so it's best to plan your visit most especially if you're coming from a far area. ;)

Izakaya Kikufuji is located at 2277 Little Tokyo, Chino Roces Ave., Legaspi Village, Makati City. Call them at 893-7319/893-6131.

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16 Lovely Thoughts

  1. I am inlove with Japanese food!I wish to visit this place in the future.:-)wala talagang diet if you will taste food this good.Interesting yung wagyu meat sticks.First seeing the photo I was reminded of something else,Heheh. :-)

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  2. OMG! Picture pa lang na, ulam na! I think the standout of this post is the Wagyu sticks. Nakaka-drool, parang Korean beef na high-grade!

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    1. Yes! I think it's even better than K.beef! :)

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  3. OH. MY. GOD. I love everything you just posted!!! I also thought the same regarding the spicy tuna. My sister always orders one and I end up munching away with her order. Lol! Salmon is my most favorite sushi ever! Me and my boyfriend love to eat this together. This is like our special food. Lol. My jaw dropped when I saw the wagyu. MY POOR HEART CAN'T TAKE IT! Ahhh. I'm sorry if I am very passionate in my comment. It just looks so great!!! The best part? I am so near Makati! I have to visit this!!! Ahhh. Thanks for this post!!!

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  4. I NEED THIS!!! BTW, do they serve ramen? I love ramen <3 I have this weird feeling when talking about ramen, para akong kinikilig na ewan.
    Anyway, is the place accessible for commuters? I really want to go, it looks super good!!! And I love the interior T^T Nakakaiyak sa ganda, feeling ko if I go there, I'll feel like I'm in a manga or anime :D

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    1. Yes they do! It is naman. There are jeepneys around the area, but quickest way (not to mention most hassle- free) to get there is by cab. :)

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  5. I am drooling while reading your Sumptuous Sundays post, Miss Martha. I also love Japanese food (sushi, makis, ramen) but haven't been to this Little Tokyo in Makati. What a shame. Everything looks authentic Japanese and I have to get my hubby read your post! He will surely love this too!

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  6. I love Kikufuji! Their sushi and sashimi are the best! I agree, their place has one of the freshest ingredients ever compared to other Japanese restos in the metro. I haven't been there for the longest time though. Hoping I can try their wagyu sticks next!

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  7. I loooove Japanese food!!! I've been to Little Tokyo and have tried a few restos in it: Ha Na's takoyaki, Kagura's okonomiyaki, Seryna's fresh sushi and sashimi..especially their imported Uni...just WOW. You should try it.

    I haven't tried Kikufuji yet. Will try to dine here next time. :) Thanks for the tip!
    Btw, its Kikufuji, not Kikifuji. hehe! ;)

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    1. Haha! Typo! Yes, it's Kikufuji. :)

      I'd love to try Urameshi-Ya next. Heard there's unlimited Wagyu Cubes! :D

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  8. I now work in King's Court, which is along Chino Roces Ave. but I've never had the chance to roam around the place yet. :/ One of the perks of being (working) in Makati is that there are lots of unique restaurants that there are no other branches. This one is one of them Though the sushi is a bit expensive. Haha. but they look yummy

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    1. But the sushi is a must- try! :D

      Oh! You're very near. Actually, you can walk it from your office. :D

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  9. Wow! I love everything Japanese and I love eating! hahaha! My bestfriend and I are always looking for new places to eat so I will definitely recommend this resto to her. I've been intrigued with the wagyu sticks you've been posting the past weeks. I'd certainly try them together with the tuna sashimi when we have the chance to dine at Izakaya Kikifuji :) Thanks! ~ Starr

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