IZAKAYA Kikufuji is my favorite in Makati's Little Tokyo. The frontage doesn't reveal much about this gem of a Japanese restaurant. The interiors are those typical of Japanese restos. In the center is the bar circling the open kitchen, filled with sushi chefs with busy hands.
Kikufuji serves more than sashimi and sushi. They likewise have rice toppings and bento boxes. Our favorites are the Una Don which is unagi or eel on japanese rice, and the wagyu skewers which are 4 wagyu cubes on a stick. Sinfully good 😜 Ebi lovers may have them as tempura or tempuradon. Both crisp and good.
If you like soupy dishes, try also their hotpot choices. We ordered something like sukiyaki without the noodles and liked it. Tofu so silky and yum. Sorry I can't recall what it's called. Then there's chicken teriyaki don and another favorite, agedashi tofu.
The California Maki with crunchies are a bit on the spicy side but you can always have them the standard, non-spicy way. The Gyudon, just as expected. Who doesn't like gyudon, anyway? When you can't think of anything Japanese to eat, this is the safe choice. This, along with shake-don which is really salmon sashimi on a rice bowl.
Little Tokyo is a cluster of Japanese restos beside Makati Square along Chino Roces St, formerly Pasong Tamo Street. There are many choices off the same street or in the interior part of Little Tokyo. But the family's favorite remains the #1. Kikufuji.