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OEDO Japanese Restaurant: The Time is Ripe for Mainstream Japanese Cuisine

Oedo Japanese Restaurant Sto Domingo

Location: 105 Sto Domingo Avenue corner Sgt Alcaraz, Quezon City
Telephone Number: 02-2555993
Facebook: Oedo Japanese Restaurant

Oedo Japanese Restaurant Menu

Oedo Japanese Restaurant, Sto Domingo Quezon City

The year 2015 is a time to embrace the Japanese cuisine on a mainstream level, that the opening of Japanese restaurants in Manila last year have made us accustomed to. Gone are the days when Chirashidon, Sashimi and Futomaki identify itself to be a luxury afforded by people on a rare basis, and the time where Japanese cuisine will be on a much affordable price range has come. It is also the time when people are more conscious, familiar and knowledgeable on what Japanese cuisine must be. Restaurateurs who plan on opening up Japanese restaurants should proceed with caution, putting ingredients on the highest pedestal. After all, that is what Japanese cuisine is all about.

There is little surprise that people gravitate towards Oedo Japanese Restaurant, and the usually crowded Ajisen Ramen also at Sto. Domingo, is now losing traction. There is also little surprise for Oedo to gain popularity in a quiet neighborhood for the residents on Barangay Sto. Domingo, as this time demands for more specialty restaurants that can be reached in a short travel time.

Oedo Japanese Restaurant Sto Domingo

There is an even little surprise for me that Oedo Japanese Restaurant has mixed reviews. Educating the people on what Japanese cuisine must be is part of the learning process. I find Oedo Japanese Restaurant’s rating close to that of Akira: the Art of Sushi and Teppanyaki, except its serene atmosphere won my vote, its strategic location being one of the reasons as well. Simply put, I would rather spend my money at Oedo, rather than dine at Akira.

Oedo Japanese Restaurant Sto Domingo

From the outside, Oedo Japanese Restaurant looks like a hair taken away from the identity of Little Tokyo restaurants in Makati City. Its ironic nondescript yet flamboyant display of lanterns clearly looked like a house that has been transformed into a two-storey restaurant, a trend that has been going on since Purple Yam in Malate. To the curious, the restaurant is named after a station in Tokyo, where the Keisei Skyliner makes a stop from Narita International Airport.

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Oedo Japanese Restaurant Sto Domingo

I appreciate the wide and welcoming outdoor seating that guests can alight for a quick okonomiyaki, takoyaki or yakitori during the afternoons, or a good round of sake at night. The interiors are well-thought of.

Katsudon – P230

Oedo Japanese Restaurant Sto Domingo

Those who have already gone to Japan and have experienced the true gist of Japanese cuisine will be, as expected, disappointed at Oedo. Don’t raise your expectations as Oedo aims for everyday Japanese food above all else.

Shoyu Ramen – P280

Oedo Japanese Restaurant Sto Domingo

Those who are fond of eating at Ippudo Ramen, Ramen Nagi and Hanamaruken Ramen should be cautious with their ramen as well. The now closed Miso-Ten Ramen franchise produced better Shoyu Ramen than this.

Gyoza – P150

Oedo Japanese Restaurant Sto Domingo

But to the easily contented, Oedo’s 6-piece Gyoza is a great knockoff for a price of P150, with meat made from mixture of pork and beef.

Kani Salad – P225

Oedo Japanese Restaurant Sto Domingo

Compared to other Japanese Restaurants, Oedo’s Kani Salad serving size is fair, with nori strips for an added flair.

3 Piece Tempura – P310

Oedo Japanese Restaurant Sto Domingo

As for those who love Tempura, you’ll be pleased to know that Oedo seemed to have quite improved their frying skills the best. It’s pretty expensive for a 3-piece tempura, but it’s one of the dishes I enjoyed at Oedo. I still prefer RYU Ramen’s Tempura though.

Oedo Roll – P300

Oedo Japanese Restaurant Sto Domingo

Finally, the Oedo Roll is said to be the reason why people are flocking to Oedo Japanese Restaurant. Topped with crunchy tempura shavings, and stuffed with Unagi, Cream Cheese and Kani, the best-selling Maki Sushi catches everyone’s attention. It is not as huge as the ones I had in Niko Niko Sushi, Los Angeles, (and those were the best Maki Sushi ever); but it should pass up as a pacifier to anyone craving for a nice roll.

Off-menu, Oedo sells their bento boxes at P600+ and the Dragon Maki at P495. Anyone who just wants to have a great time at Oedo without being overcritical at their food should be able to do so, with their friendly, fair customer service and light surroundings.

“Almost but not quite.” My final word on Oedo banks on the concept of “Quasi-ness”. I admire its tenacity to open on dangerous grounds – flood-prone, carnapping-prone, hostage-prone neighborhood. Yet it joins the slew of restaurants along Sto. Domingo, in hopes to become the next Banawe foodie street.

Oedo Japanese Restaurant Ratings:

Taste and Originality: (3.0 / 5)
Customer Experience: (3.0 / 5)
Value for Money: (3.0 / 5)
Brick and Mortar: (3.5 / 5)
Average: (3.1 / 5)
Vhalerie Lee
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