Metro Manila is a melting pot of good food from all over the world. Whatever you’re in the mood for, you’ll probably find a restaurant here that serves it. From tasty Italian to comforting Chinese dishes, true foodies will definitely appreciate the diversity here. As a true metropolitan city, Manila offers up some of the best Japanese restaurants that specialize in different types of Japanese cuisine, and in particular sushi.

These wonderful sushi restaurants in Metro Manila are where you should head to to get your sushi fix.

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1. Soru Izakaya

Gyu maki
Image credit: Soru Izakaya FB

Soru Izakaya serves various Japanese dishes in addition to sushi, but their menu offers some really beautiful sushi items. These include various maki (rolled sushi) and aburi (topped sushi). Their special Soru Ichiban Aburi includes Shake Belly Aburi (P230), which is torched salmon belly over rice and topped with three types of mayo. Their menu is constantly updated, with new items introduced regularly. One of these new creations is their Gyu Maki, where strips of a fatty beef belly, shiitake mushrooms, and omelette are rolled with rice and topped with a spicy sauce and an onsen tamago.

  • Where: 140 Maginhawa St., Quezon City, Philippines
  • Opening hours: Sundays to Thursdays, 11am-10.30pm. Fridays and Saturdays, 11am-12midnight
  • Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/soruizakaya/

2. Izakaya Flame

spicy beef maki
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Apart from their wide variety of teppanyaki, ramen and Donburi, they also have lots of interesting maki creations. The house speciality is the Spicy beef roll (P245) made with sauteed strips of beef and topped with some Tabasco based sauce. They are also well known for their seasonal creations, such as the Dulong maki they created for the Lenten season.

  • Where: Unit D16, 4th Floor Uptown Mall, Megaworld Boulevard Corner 36th Street, Uptown Bonifacio, Taguig City Philippines
  • Opening hours: Daily, 10am-10pm
  • Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/izakayaflame/

3. Kokoro Japanese Grindz

various maki rolls
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Kokoro’s best feature is that they have very affordable sushi, and all of their sushi are original creations with really creative and fun names. Their Kokoroll series features things like the Hawaiian Sunset (P190) which has mango paired with crab meat and salmon. Then there’s the Rockstar (P220) which is a spicy maki with Inari, Tuna tartare, wasabi mayo and Habanero sauce.

  • Where: Ground Floor Creekside Square, 74 Tomas Morato, Quezon City, Philippines
  • Opening hours: Tuesdays to Fridays, 11am-10pm; Saturday and Sundays 11am-11pm; Closed on Mondays
  • Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Kokoro-Japanese-Grindz-186702658810184/

4. Nomiya Izakaya

various maki sushi
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Nomiya’s sushi is fuss-free and familiar, which includes lots of straight up Nigiri sushi and Maki sushi. Among the interesting types of sushi here is the Takoyaki Maki (P310) which is a rice roll with octopus, shredded cabbage, Takoyaki sauce, and Japanese mayo. Those of you who like unagi or grilled eel should try the Dragon Maki ( P340) that also has prawn tempura, cream cheese, mango, and cucumber.

  • Where: 36 Scout Tobias St.Quezon City, Philippines
  • Opening hours: Tuesdays to Sundays, 11.30am-2.30pm, 4pm-10.30pm. Closed on Mondays
  • Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/nomiyaPH/

5. Jipan Cafe and Bakeshop

Salmon sushi pizza
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Jipan is a unique setup, whereby its both a Japanese bakery and a restaurant selling freshly made main dishes. Their sushi bar has some very special creations, like the Salmon Sushi Pizza ( P330) which is filled with salmon sashimi, tempura bits and topped with avocado. Salmon lovers will love the Salmon set ( P495) which features a spicy salmon roll, salmon temaki, and salmon nigiri sushi.

  • Where: Multiple branches, check their website for addresses and opening hours.
  • Website: https://www.jipan.com.ph/
  • Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jipancafe/

6. Rolls Republic

maki rolls platter
Image credit: Rolls Republic FB

The concept at Rolls Republic is pretty different from other Japanese restaurants as they serve maki rolls in large platters for sharing. Their platters are made for 2-6 people and cost from P450 to P1800 depending on the size you want. Additionally, you’ll be able to choose from a wide variety of flavours including Pork Cheetokatsu, BBQ Liempo, Kimchi Samgyeopsal, Pork Adobo and Salted Egg with Dilis.

  • Where: Rooftop, Peaksun Building, Mandaluyong, Philippines
  • Opening hours: Mondays to Saturdays, 9am-10pm; Sundays 7am-5pm
  • Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rollsrepublic/

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