Eats January 2014

Can you believe that January is already over?! It flew by so fast I can’t remember what I did the last 31 days!  Well, let me have a bit of a lookback on the past month through the places where I was able to eat for the first time.  Since I can’t do a full on review of these restaurants, I’ll just give you some snippets of my experience with them.

Kichitora of Tokyo

The first new resto that I got to try this year was Kichitora of Tokyo.  It was time for the yearly get together with my high school friends and someone chose this place because it’s been receiving rave reviews.  Boasting of “authentic ramen goodness”, Kichitora of Tokyo aims to prove why the Japanese noodle soup is considered as Japan’s soul food.  So we had ourselves some ramen and everyone was in agreement that it was indeed great!

Note that their servings are big, and a bowl of ramen is good for at least two people.  They do, however, serve small ramen bowls.

kichitora of tokyo

Address:  2F Glorietta 5, Office Drive, San Lorenzo, Makati City

Nihonbashi Tei

And because Moche and I realized our lack of experience with ramen, always opting for sushi or bento whenever we go out for Japanese, we decided to try another Japanese restaurant that I’ve been dying to try:  Nihonbasihi Tei.  We came in after one of my Saturday Spanish classes and were fairly surprised that the restaurant was not so packed.

Excited to try at least two varieties, we ordered a ramen each.  It was really funny that the waitress told Moche that the ramen serving is big, making us think that his order was the only one that’s good for sharing because it was more expensive.  But no, their servings were huge!  I was only able to eat about 1/5 of my food!  Plus, all their ramen sets come with an onigiri – a rice ball (well, triangle) wrapped in nori.  I was so full after that!  And oh, yes, the food was delish!

Nihonbashi Tei

Address: 806 Arnaiz Ave, Pasay Road, Makati City, 1223, Metro Manila, Philippines, Philippines

Healthy Shabu-Shabu

Unwittingly enough, we found ourselves in another Japanese restaurant after a couple of weeks.  This one was the Healthy Shabu-Shabu in Festival Mall.  We haven’t gone to a shabu-shabu restaurant in a while and we felt hungry enough to try one again.

It was a good thing, too, that we went there because we finally found out the proper way to cook the meat, shabu-shabu style.  The first step is to crack the egg and beat it in a bowl using the chopsticks.  Then, spread the egg on top of the meat using the shabu-shabu ladle.  Next, drop the meat into the boiling soup for not more than 10 seconds.  Lastly, dip the meat into the sauce and discover how meat can be so tender and so yummy!

Healthy Shabu-Shabu

We definitely had a lot of fun playing with, er, cooking our own food.  I guess the only negative thing about shabu-shabus is that you smell like food afterwards.  But it’s a really enjoyable way of learning how to cook while eating at the same time.

Address:  2F Promenade Entrance Festival Mall, Filinvest, Muntinlupa City

Nomama Artisanal Ramen

It was another post-holidays get-together (though we were just two) and since I am now working in Ortigas, I got to discover several places I’ve never been to before.  One of them was Capitol Commons.  We were supposed to check out the food trucks but as it was a weeknight, we weren’t able to find any.  So my friend and I ended up eating at Nomama Artisanal Ramen.  However, my friend was on a diet and I was afraid to try the ramen, thinking of the enormous servings that I’d be forced to handle by myself.  So we ended up ordering their Soft Shell Crab Salad and the Nomama Seafood Tempura.  The salad was okay for me, but my friend didn’t like it too much.  For her, the dressing was too sweet while I thought it had just the right amount of spiciness and sweetness.  Meanwhile, I have never been a big fan of tempura (too oily for me) so I don’t really know what came over me and made me order that. Anyway, the tempura was fine and it was also good for two.

nomama artisanal ramen

Address:  Capitol Commons, Kapitolyo, Pasig City


The last new find for the month was ThaiDara, this quaint Thai restaurant that we found while walking around East Capitol Drive in Pasig.  Moche and I are fans of Thai food so we just had to give it a try.  ThaiDara prides itself for serving Thai street food.  Again, the portions were big but compared to the other restaurants I’ve mentioned, the prices were really cheaper.  Too bad we weren’t hungry when went there.  We only tried the house specialty:  Pad Thai and Tom Yum Shrimp.


Address: 23 East Capital Drive, Kapitolyo, Pasig City
Note: Store hours are from 11:30 AM to 2:30 PM, 5 PM to 10 PM (Mon-Sat).  They are closed on Sundays

And February in here.  I hope that the next 28 days would be conducive to more gastronomical adventures.  Until the next set of restos!

Jayce Cairo

Jayce is a linguaphile who speaks four languages and currently works as a translator to finance her various interests. Scoring very high on “Openness to Experience” on the Big Five Personality Test, she is an avid globetrotter who aspires to retire at 35 and travel for the rest of her life.


  1. This are nice finds. I haven’t tried any of them. I might try Kichitora at Greenbelt and Thaidara at Capitol Commons.

  2. Yeah, time runs by really fast especially when you’re enjoying. All these food seriously look good. I’d love to drop by at more ramen houses this year, inspired by many blogger posts.

  3. This is the first time I have heard about Thaidara – should try out soon! I have a thing for thai dishes, haha!

  4. Awesome! I now have more Japanese places to try thanks to you! Haha! I’ve only tried Kichitora and I love it a lot! 😀

  5. Ramen is so good! I wish I had more restaurants here so I could eat it more often. Definitely would wish to visit those places, all the food looks so yummy!

  6. nakakagutom!! yummy food!! must try!!

  7. Kitchitora!! I heard so much about this place.. I want to try it too since I’m a super huge fan of ramen <3 🙂

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