Restaurant Review: Aozora Japanese Café + Bistro

Overlooking the Taal volcano, is an authentic Japanese restaurant. Inspired by nature’s azure roof, it named itself “Aozora” – literally blue sky in Japanese – enticing you to take your taste buds to heaven, eat authentic gourmet Japanese food under the canopy of the majestic Tagaytay sky. Part of the Domicilio Hotel, Aozora Japanese Café + Bistro serves organic Japanese food, prepared and cooked in authentic Japanese style by a Japanese chef and with ingredients imported weekly from Japan.

Restaurant Review: Aozora

Restaurant Review: Aozora

Sit and chill with a drink while gazing at the unique beauty of the Taal volcano.


Restaurant Review: Aozora

Date night in this area would be lovely.


Restaurant Review: Aozora

The Aozora can house up to 80 guests.

I had the chance to experience this months-old restaurant thanks again to Aldous and one of his food tasting events. It’s not everyday that you get to hear about a Japanese restaurant in Tagaytay so I was fairly curious and excited to be there.

Our meal started with Aozora’s signature welcome drink: the Kalamancello. An organic alcoholic drink (13%!) made from freshly squeezed orange juice and vodka. As far as welcome drinks go, it’s one of the most refreshing. Next came the Aozora Iced Tea, offering a unique blend of tastes: pandan, cucumber and lemon grass. Its mint leaves are homegrown by the resto. I like that they concocted something original but I don’t like the taste of pandan so I was glad there was the Kalamancello.

Aozora Iced Tea Kalamancello Restaurant Review: Aozora

Aozora Iced Tea (P120) and Kalamancello

As an appetizer we had the Wakame salad, consisting of crunchy green seaweeds with sesame dressing. I liked that one.

Wakame Salad Restaurant Review: Aozora

Complimentary Serving of Wakame Salad

The Aozora Ramen is the resto’s flagship and bestseller, made up of real Japanese ramen noodles infused with Tagaytay’s famous bulalo soup base. Except for the noodles, Aozora prides itself for using only local ingredients in their signature dish.

Aozora Ramen Restaurant Review: Aozora

Aozora Ramen with bulalo soup base (P295)

Next and my favorite of the day’s selection was the Rainbow Maki. I just loved how the maki was presented, all those colors and they were even arched just like a rainbow. A complete set of tuna, salmon, tamago, unagi, cucumber and even lapu-lapu… I could eat all that by myself!

Rainbow Maki Restaurant Review: Aozora

Rainbow Maki (P320)

Aozora’s Pork Belly Yakiniku was cooked just right and it tasted good, too.

Porkbelly Restaurant Review: Aozora

Pork Belly (P295)

The Yasai Itame was a new one for me. It had pork, cabbage, carrots and lots of bean sprouts, cooked with a miso-based sauce. I’m not so much into bean sprouts though so next time I visit, I’m skipping this one.

Yasai Itame Restaurant Review: Aozora

Yasai Itame

It was also my first time to eat Yakisoba in a Japanese restaurant and I was surprised that it was on the sweet side.

Yakisoba Restaurant Review: Aozora

Yakisoba (P550, good for two)

For dessert, we had Mango Tempura with ice cream, which was literally mango tempura served with ice cream. There was a bit of a shock factor – deep-fried breaded fruit – but it was actually not half bad. It was a mixture of textures: crunchy, smooth and creamy.

Mango Tempura Ice Cream Restaurant Review: Aozora

Mango Tempura Ice Cream (P180)

Lastly we were served with their special Japanese brand “Key” of Sumiyaki Coffee. That was some strong coffee. I loved it!

Sumiyaki Coffee Restaurant Review: Aozora

Sumiyaki Coffee (P120)

Next time you find yourself in Tagaytay and craving for some authentic Japanese treat, head over to Aozora. I know I will. 🙂

Aozora Japanese Café + Bistro
Domicillo Hotel,
KM Gen. E. 58 Aguinaldo Highway,
Tagaytay City, Tagaytay City

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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. Oooh, wanna try the ramen with bulalo soup base! Ang layo lang. Hehe.

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