Little Tokyo in Manila

Little Tokyo

Have you been to Little Tokyo? Situated right across Makati Cinema Square’s Plaza Fair is a quaint little set of Japanese restaurants. You can easily miss it if you’re driving, so keep your eyes peeled for that red structure with the silver letters. You can park by their Pasong Tamo entrance, or you can park in MCS and go shopping after. Here’s a glimpse of Little Tokyo.

Is that a Zen garden?
A zen garden welcomes you as you step into the square. It was lunch time when we visited and surprisingly, there weren’t that many people. It must have been a slow day. I liked how clean and quiet the place was. It was surrounded by several Japanese restaurants with red lanterns hanging by their doors. Almost all the signs were written in Japanese too so we got to do a lot of guessing. That was part of the fun.

Restaurants All Around
Some of the restaurants have their menus displayed by their entrances so you can go over it if you’d like. You can also be adventurous and randomly choose a place.

Shall we eat here?
This one looked pretty interesting…

We've made our choice!
… but Coco Hot Pot caught our eyes. Maybe because the restaurant’s name was written in English? Truth is this place was recommended by a friend of ours. My friends have eaten in Little Tokyo several times and they always chose Coco Hot Pot. We were about to find out why.

I'm not exactly sure what it says...
I’m not exactly sure what this banner says but hey, the food was good. Whoops, no pictures. In a nutshell, eating hot pot style means having a pot of simmering broth at the center of your dining table, and sliding in ingredients of your choice. You do the cooking yourself. We had ordered dishes of fish balls, squid balls, fish fillet, shrimp, fish lips, tofu, eggs, sate sauce, minced garlic, chili, noodles and various vegetables. You don’t have to be a professional chef to know how to work it. You can always ask for help from the staff too. After a few minutes, we were feasting heartily. Delicious.

Walk around the garden
After your meal, take a little walk around the garden. Well, it’s not gonna be a long walk. You can sit on the benches and just take in the quiet scenery of the square.

Cat Nap
Perhaps you could take a cat nap too? These cats looked like they had one meal too many. They were just dozing in the early afternoon sun! So cute.

We left the place with happy tummies and talks on when we were to come back to Little Tokyo. While I loved Little Tokyo for the scrumptious Coco Hot Pot meal and their friendly staff, it was the quaintness of the whole square that made me want to return.


Little Tokyo
2277 between Pasong Tamo and Amorsolo St.
Tel. 819-5008, 819-5009

5 Comments so far

  1. Peter (unregistered) on September 16th, 2006 @ 2:03 am

    My favorite resto is near that! Sakura I think? Best Saporro Corn in town!

  2. rach (unregistered) on September 19th, 2006 @ 3:18 am

    Hi Toni. I love Japanese food so a recommended new place is always worth a try. Thanks for sharing the photos. :)

  3. super manix (unregistered) on September 19th, 2006 @ 5:22 pm

    i live in MCS and it’s nice to be near to the place. so whenever i wanna eat jap food…i just need to dress up and go down my building. hehehe :-) try seryna as well, it’s quite yummy!

  4. juOn (unregistered) on September 20th, 2006 @ 2:22 pm

    Obscure place indeed. I go to MCS quite often but I never notice the this. :-)

  5. JP Espinosa (unregistered) on September 22nd, 2006 @ 3:06 am

    Oh that is so cool. I want to go there some time.Been trying to find a place like that.

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