Cebuanos have grown to love Japanese cuisine, which is why more restaurants offering one of the world's healthiest cuisines are opening in the metro.
There is more to Japanese food than sushi and tempura. Generally low in cholesterol, fat, and calories, and high in fiber, Japanese cuisine or “washoku” emphasizes on three things: seasonality of food referred to as “shun,” quality of ingredients and presentation. Considering food as a form of art, the Japanese not only focus on the sense of taste when they eat; their sense of sight also plays an important role. This is the reason why Japanese dishes are not only delicious but they are also a feast to the eyes. They also consider the dining area as part of the art, which explains why Japanese restaurants are so charming.
Nonki Japanese Restaurant
With the mission to provide excellent Japanese dining experience, the first Nonki Japanese Restaurant opened at 219 A.S. Fortuna St., Bakilid, Mandaue City, in 2004. The establishment is owned and managed by Ligaya A. Machida, a Filipina married to a Japanese national. Boasting of fresh food, excellent service and great atmosphere, Nonki currently has two more branches in Cebu located at the upper ground floor of SM City Cebu and at Mactan Tropics Center, Pusok, Lapu-Lapu City. Its fourth branch is located in Davao.
Nonki takes pride on their restaurant’s beautiful ambience. Nonki has decors that reflect taste and class, making it a perfect place for people who like to unwind or simply want to enjoy the art of Japanese dining. Its friendly and well-trained staff will make each dining experience extra special.
Nonki is one of the most popular restaurants in terms of authentic Japanese cuisine. Among others, their beef teriyaki bento and beef teppanyaki tempura sets are a must-try. They also have mouth-watering nabemono or hot pots like kaminabe (broth with vegetables and seafood cooked in washi paper), nabeyaki udon (udon hotpot with vegetables, chicken, ebi tempura and fresh egg), sukiyaki (thinly sliced-beef with leafy vegetables, jelly noodles, and mushrooms cooked in a shallow pot), Shabu-Shabu (thinly sliced beef with tofu, mushroom, vegetables and jelly noodles), and Yudofu (simmered tofu with vegetables).
Maki and sushi lovers would enjoy their California maki, (rolled vinegared rice with mango, kani and lettuce), unagi mango roll (rolled vinegared rice with fresh water eel topped with mango, mayonaise and tobiko), salmon cheese roll (rolled vinegared rice with mango, cucumber, and cheese topped with fresh salmon and shrimp), salmon maki special (rolled vinegared rice with salmon topped with fried salmon skin), crunchy roll (rolled vinegared rice topped with kani and tobiko), nonki maki special (sushi with ebi tempura, cucumber and tobiko), chirashi sushi or scattered sushi (a bowl of loose vinegared sushi rice with a variety of colorful toppings), jo nigiri sushi (an assortment of different kinds of sushi), futomaki (thick rolls of vinegared rice with vegetables and cooked fish), and temaki mix (different kinds of hand-rolled, cone-shaped sushi).
If all these Japanese dishes sound so appetizing, wait until you see and taste them. Visit the nearest Nonki Japanese Restaurant, where you'll taste the uniqueness of Japanese food and service. A member of the Filipino International Franchise Association, Nonki is also open for franchise. For more information, you may contact them at the following numbers: A.S. Fortuna branch at (032) 422-3159 or 344-5837, Mactan branch at (032) 236-7958 and SM City Cebu branch at (032) 232-7712. You may also visit their Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Nonki-Japanese-Restaurant/133877056634226.
Kaishu Seafood Japanese Restaurant
With so many Japanese restaurants in Cebu, how do you distinguish one that can provide you with authenticity in terms of flavor and atmosphere? Using only fresh ingredients from Japan and Australia, Kaishu Seafood Japanese Restaurant is a place you should visit as it boasts of “unending pursuit of taste perfection.” Now, doesn’t that just stir your curiosity?
The recommended must-try dishes are sashimi funamori (a variety of sashimi in a boat), Jo-nigiri Zushi (sushi served in a roll of rice), California roll, and ebi tempura. The choices of the main dish for their bento sets include chicken teriyaki, ton katsu (deep-fried pork cutlet), sashimi, or ikasugatayaki (broiled squid). Bento is a single-portion box or tray of Japanese food that typically consists of rice, fish or meat, and one or more servings of pickled or cooked vegetables.
A few minutes from Mactan International Airport and a number of first-class hotels, Kaishu has a very appealing ambience, allowing diners to have a bona fide Japanese dining experience. They also have function rooms for corporate meetings, birthdays, anniversaries, and other special celebrations. According to them, extraordinary events call for extraordinary places.
Kaishu invites you to experience the exquisite essence of Japan at 168 Bout Punta Engaño, Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu. It is open seven days a week, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. for lunch and 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. for dinner. They also have an all-you-can-eat buffet dinner on Saturdays. For inquiries and reservations, you may call (32) 495-2888 or 495-1110. You may also visit www.kaishu.com.ph.
A) Nonki Japanese Restaurant, A.S. Fortuna St., Bakilid, Mandaue City
B) Nonki Japanese Restaurant, SM City Cebu
C) Nonki Japanese Restaurant, Mactan Tropics Center
D) Kaishu Seafood Japanese Restaurant, Bout Punta Engaño, Lapu-Lapu City