Saturday, September 02, 2006


Since the past couple of years, I've been meaning to go to Little Tokyo at Chino Roces Avenue in Makati; last Thursday, I finally did. There were many Japanese restaurants in this area to choose from, but decided to check out Heijyoen.

I was craving for sashimi so I ordered their sashimi set that includes miso soup, salad, squid appetizer, a plateful of various sashimi, bowl of rice, mango jelly dessert, and Japanese tea. It was rather pricey at 378 pesos (about 7 US dollars), but it was definitely worth it. The sashimi was fresh and the entire meal was very good.

This restaurant’s specialty is yakiniku — marinated meat that you grill right on your table. The spare ribs cost 348 to 428 pesos; tenderloin is 268 pesos, tongue is 198 pesos; and mixed vegetables are 88 pesos.

The service is excellent and the bathroom (or comfort room) is clean, which can only mean that the restaurant’s kitchen is clean as well.

Heijoyoen is located at 2277 Chino Roces Avenue, Makati City, Metro Manila. Telephone is 888-2288. It is open from 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.

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posted by Señor Enrique at 7:53 AM


Blogger ipanema said...

Oh, I haven't been to this place. Japanese food is another fave. My craving for tempura (shrimp) I think contributed to my hypertension. :)

While reading it reminded me of an experience with wasabi that I shared in one med blog. I can still feel the effect.

September 02, 2006 8:22 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Reminds me of the Japanese restaurants that we have here like Genki Sushi and Nippon Tei but it looks better.

And I just had Japanese food yesterday too. The wasabi was a killer!


September 02, 2006 9:27 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've been to Little Tokyo, but not to that particular restaurant you went to. I forgot the exact name though. But I think all of the restaurants there serve good food, each with their own specialty.

September 02, 2006 11:09 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm sorry Eric. You know I'm not from there so ... what was the name of the street before it became Chino Roces? I can't seem to place it in my visual map. Anyway, I'll surely take a trip to Little Tokyo on my next trip to Manila. Thanks for this tip because I'm a sashimi and tempura fan.

September 02, 2006 11:28 AM  

Blogger Nick Ballesteros said...

Senor Enrique! I have been to Little Tokyo too but it was about 4 to 5 years ago. The place was very nice. It was like you're in a very serene place, a world apart from the traffic outside.

Yep, the shops there are a bit pricey. Were there lots of people dining when you went?

Thanks for dropping by my blog. We will be going to the bok fair again. A couple of hours is not enough to explore all the booths!

September 02, 2006 1:47 PM  

Blogger christine said...

Bugsybee, Chino Roces is formerly Pasong Tamo. That entrance to Little Tokyo shown in Eric's picture is not seen from Pasong Tamo though, it's directly across Makati Cinema Square.

Eric, we like to frequent Kiku Fuji in Little Tokyo. It's the one on the outside, facing Pasong Tamo. I haven't tried any of the other Japanese restaurants there. I should though.

September 02, 2006 4:07 PM  

Blogger Sidney said...

I went already to Makati Cinema Square several times but never discovered Little Tokyo. Looks very inviting and I should definitely go there once. I love Japanese Food.

September 02, 2006 5:59 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've been around Makati in the past but never really knew that there's Little Tokyo somewhere around there. Could this be just a latest addition?

The ones I love most about Japanese restaurants are their prawns and the many kind of style they do it. Actually my first visit to a real Japanese joint was very memorable; I took this green codiment which was so spicy and hot that I felt my blood rushing to my head virtually. I should have known better.

September 02, 2006 6:13 PM  

Blogger Señor Enrique said...

Ipanema, Kyels and Major Tom ... careful with the wasabi. I should know; almost sneezed my nostrils out of my face the first time I mismanaged its serving ... hahaha!

Yes, Ladybug, there's quite a lot of fancy looking Japanese restaurants there. And I'm sure they're all good and with their respective specialty also. I must go back :)

Bugsybee, I think Christine just answered your question. Nonetheless, I'm sure most cab drivers know of it, too.

I love sashimi, but I'm very careful where I buy/eat them from.

Yes, it's very serene inside that tiny enclave, Watson :) Very Tokyo, indeed!

Two hours is definitely not enough time for the book fair, but I have to force myself out of that place because I was buying more than planned :)

I always stop by your site Watson; thank you for your nice entries which I enjoy reading :)

I have got to try Kiku Fuji then, Christine, just because you said that you enjoy that place :) And thanks for giving us the info on Pasong Tamo.

Jot down the address, Sidney, and next time you find yourself at Cinema Square, call them up and ask them to direct you. You must check out this neighborhood then, especially that you enjoy Japanese food!

I've seen some Japanese chefs, Major Tom, who are so skillful with their knives that they can actually make wonderful carvings out of shrimps and vegetables!

September 02, 2006 8:46 PM  

Blogger ladybug said...

And when you do go back, malapit na rin dun yung mga Italian restaurants that I mentioned in my post. :-) just in case.

September 02, 2006 11:19 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said...


Yes, you are right Eric. And I was double dared! That was the worst part!


September 03, 2006 3:14 AM  

Blogger Señor Enrique said...

Ahhh ... that's right, Ladybug! Don Bosco school is near where I was.

Ok, will make note of the Italian restaurant you went to, and if I find myself in the area again and craving for some Italian food, I will check it out :) Thanks for reminding me!

Whoever did that to you Kyels, ought to be tied up and tickled till he/she pees .... hahaha!

That was so mean what was done to you. Wasabi is more lethal than the Chinese chili sause, or is it the same? ... hehehe.

At least now you know, right?

September 03, 2006 6:28 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said...

ah, japanese!!!

another place to visit. thanks for the info. :)

September 04, 2006 9:31 PM  

Blogger Señor Enrique said...

You're welcome, jep! Really, you must check this area out next time you come home for a visit.

September 05, 2006 6:31 AM  

Blogger Photowalker said...

I went to Little Tokyo the next day after reading this post. It wasn't until I read this post the I found out that there were restaurants inside the compound. Nice place but the prices are a bit to high for my budget.

Japanese Environment, Japanese Prices.

June 14, 2007 12:37 AM  

Blogger Señor Enrique said...

Yes, it is pricey for me, too:)

Nice place and everything, but haven't been inspired to return since then myself. There is a Japanese Restaurant near Baywalk I found ut from Carlos Celdran's site. Will post about it once I get to to check it out.

June 14, 2007 5:26 AM  

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