“Itadakimasu minna” (let’s eat everyone), Is what describes this place when you dine in this simple Japanese restaurant located in Talamban, Cebu City. A yatai (屋台?) or food stand/food stall which is popular in Japan which is located pedestrian walkways and removed late at night or in the early morning hours
In this Japanese food stall, it is located in an Arcade (architecture) together with other food establishments and shops. The unique thing is that its location is under the stairs, and properly set up to have the look and feel of a Japanese food stall.
The decorations and design of the stall makes you feel that you are in a Japanese food stall corner. Also liked their lanterns and dim lighting which makes the place more noticeable at night.
First, I asked their employees/cooks(which are Filipinas/Cebuanas) about their menu, the same as my other restaurant visits, I ask their specialty and their best seller cuisine/dish. So they recommend me the Kameyaki. It’s an egg dish made into a cover of vegetable and ramen part, with a choice of pork/squid as toppings. It is more like a comfort food than a full meal because of the ingredients which is light to the stomach and just the right amount of servings.
I got also the chance to see the actual cooking process in front of me, which is good and kinda cool to look at an actual Japanese cooking style :).
The okonomiyaki is actually good, the parts are properly cooked and does not seem rushed. The presentation is really good to look at which also matched the by the taste of it so it really gives justice to a Japanese food way of cooking. Of course, I can’t missed a good food presentation by taking some shots of it. 🙂
Next is their Takoyaki balls, which is already known here as some food shops (not Japanese) are already selling it. So I have this thought that trying the authentic Takoyaki one here which is also one of their best sellers.
Takoyaki (たこ焼き or 蛸焼?) is a ball-shaped Japanese snack made of a wheat flour-based batter and cooked in a special takoyaki pan.
The taste is quite great really, I also like the sauce which added the spice and flavor the the dish. Presentation looks good as it can get. You can actually feel that you are in a Japanese stall, with the food, environment and people, actually, I met one Japanese in the store which I think is the owner, she is very accommodating to the customers and even recognized me as a blogger/ photographer which is cool. ( I was taking pictures at the food and place almost every minute XD )
Hope they can serve some Japanese Sake drinks or some beverages which can be an interesting addition to the menu, and a main Japanese native cook (which they have but haven’t seen him) which can be interesting to witness.
Overall, the Japanese ambiance, look and feel really resembles a true Japanese dining culture match by their Japanese cuisine which is properly executed both in taste and presentation. If you want to have an intimate Japanese yatai like dining experience then this a must visit Japanese food stall in Cebu. 🙂
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