When we think of Japanese food and cuisine, more often than not we picture a plate of sushi, with a side of wasabi paste. With tons of restaurants and shops specialising in the traditional snack, getting your hands on Japan’s best-loved culinary delight is simple and easy.
To help you choose, we’ve rounded up some of the best places for sushi in Manila. Ready to satisfy your cravings? Ikimashou!
Best Japanese restaurants and bars for sushi in Manila
1. Manmaru – Makati City
First on this list of the best sushi restaurants in Manila is none other than the authentic izakaya Manmaru. Not only does it serve mouthwatering sushi rolls and sashimi moriawase, but its menu also comprises a vast selection of Japanese comfort food, from donburi to ramen noodles. The best part? They’re open past midnight, which makes it the perfect dining spot after a late night out with friends in Makati!
Location: G-1 Makati Cinema Square, Fernando St., Pio del Pilar, Makati
2. Araya Ramen and Sushi Bar – Makati City
Located discreetly in Legazpi Village, Makati is the quaint and humble post of Araya Ramen and Sushi Bar. What this small eatery lacks in size it makes up for in rich and distinctive Japanese flavours. Have a go at their assortment of fresh sushi, such as maguro (tuna), ika (squid), uni (sea urchin), or inari, pockets of seasoned tofu stuffed with vinegared rice.
107 Dela Rosa Street, Legazpi Village, Makati City
Food Court, SM City Sucat, Parañaque City
3. Izakaya Kikufuji – Makati City
Want to take your tastebuds on a trip to the Land of the Rising Sun? Make a beeline for Makati’s Little Tokyo! This gastronomy hub is home to various traditional eateries, from ramen bars to izakaya restaurants, serving up all sorts of authentic Japanese fare.
For traditionally prepared but affordable oriental eats, Izakaya Kikufuji is a must-try here. As its name suggests, this resto-bar lets customers in on a wide variety of small but succulent dishes that are best enjoyed with classic Japanese booze, typically beer or sake.
Location: Little Tokyo, Chino Roces Ave., Makati City
4. Genki Sushi – Multiple locations
Genki Sushi lets you in on a unique and innovative dining experience with its kaitenzushi or sushi train concept. So, sit back, relax, and await the flow of delectable sushi creations right to your table! With a focus on quality and freshness, Genki Sushi offers a wide selection of sushi and sashimi made from only the finest ingredients. Of course, patrons can also enjoy other traditional offerings like bento sets, temaki (sushi cone), and char-grilled bites.
Locations: BGC Stopover (Taguig City); U.P. Town Center (Quezon City); Ayala The 30th (Pasig City); SM Aura Premier (Taguig City); SM North EDSA (Quezon City); SM Megamall (Quezon City)
5. Go Sushi – Quezon City
Got a special occasion coming up? Go Sushi’s your best bet for quality yet budget-friendly sushi platters! From classics like California rolls to more unique flavour combinations like Philly cheese steak and ebi kisu, there’s something for every palate. For those seeking other Japanese comfort food, take your pick from tempura dishes, rice toppings, and noodles like sukiyaki and yakisoba.
Location: 134 Mindanao Avenue, Project 8, Quezon City
6. Kanzen Sushi Roll – Multiple locations
For fresh and delicious sushi rolls made on demand, Kanzen Sushi Roll is another top pick worth bookmarking. While they have kiosks all around the metro for pick-ups, you can simply have your sushi picks delivered right to your doorstep anytime. Mix and match over 15 different sushi flavours into one dynamic party platter!
Main Branch Location: 12 Lilac St. Rancho 4, Concepcion 2, Marikina City
7. Sushi Nori – Multiple locations
Seeking a quick sushi stop? Sushi Nori is a fast and casual Japanese-fusion diner, best loved for its modern take on what we consider to be traditional sushi. With its diverse range of toppings, you can explore different flavour combinations, while still enjoying the Japanese culinary delight for what it is. Additionally, its tastefully-designed stores invite you to a pleasant dining experience and IG-worthy moments!
Main Branch Location: G/F High Street South, 26th cor. 11th Ave., BGC, Taguig City
8. Ta Ke Ho Me Sushi Stand – Multiple locations
On the hunt for some sushi on the go? Ta Ke Ho Me Sushi Stand is your best bet for a quick bite or, better yet, take it home (no pun intended)! For only as low as ₱119, you can enjoy affordable sushi rolls and choose from five different flavours. These include California maki, cordon bleu, spicy tuna, torched salmon, and the signature TKHM roll.
Locations: Sgt. Esguerra (Quezon City); Lilac Street (Marikina City); Z Compound, Malingap Street (Quezon City); SM North EDSA (Quezon City); N. Domingo (San Juan City); Robinsons Galleria (Quezon City)
9. Umi Sushi – Las Piñas & Makati City
Umi Sushi once started as a simple home-based online store specialising in traditional and modern iterations of sushi. With two flourishing branches in Las Piñas and Makati, it caters to folks craving the best sushi in Manila and seeking a casual dine-in experience. Umi Sushi carefully crafts its Japanese goodies, which come in different varieties like salmon skin maki, ika nigiri, and umi roll. What’s more? You can get your sushi box in their special pastel-pink or blue packaging for that extra oomph!
23 St Benedict street Metrocor South Gate Homes, Almanza Uno, Las Piñas
Unit 102 – 103 Yakal cor. Malugay St., Air Residences, Makati City
10. JAAM House of Sushi – Multiple locations
Popular for its gigantic sushi boats, JAAM House of Sushi has got you covered for your big events and special celebrations! The brainchild of local food distributor JAAM Seafoods Trading, House of Sushi brings your at-home buffet experience to the next level. Apart from the classic tuna and salmon sashimi platters, they also offer other sushi types like maki, nigiri, matsubi, and gunkan.
Main Branch Location: 18,1100 Session Road, Araneta Center, Quezon City
This list just scratches the surface of the vast options available to those on the hunt for the best sushi in Manila! Whether you’re looking for an authentic Japanese restaurant, a quick bite to grab, or a cloud kitchen for takeaway, these options are sure to satiate your sushi cravings. And to that, we say: Itadakimasu!
Featured image credit: Genki Sushi | Official Facebook Page