Location: #6 11th Jamboree Street corner Scout Fuentebella, Quezon City
Telephone Number/Reservations: (02) 875 7834
Opening Hours: Monday to Sundays 11:00am to 11:00pm
After a dissatisfying experience at Oedo Japanese Restaurant and consecutively at Wafu Modern Japanese Restaurant, I was already reluctant to try out Japanese restaurants here in Metro Manila. Having just experienced great Japanese food in Tokyo during the Holy Week vacation, I was ruined for good. On a lighter note, I was still open to trying out new places, and Zipang, a hole in the wall restaurant in the quiet residential area along Jamboree Street, intrigued me. Victorino’s, a restaurant well-known for serving Ilocano-Filipino cuisine, is also nearby the area. Quezon City never fails to amaze me with its hidden gems.
To the few who have read the “Travels of Marco Polo”, Marco Polo calls Japan, “Zipang”, the antiquated term for the Land of the Rising Sun, then best known for the “Land of Gold”. At Zipang Japanese restaurant, the menu items are old-fashioned over a modern Japanese fusion. One can find familiarity with its sashimi, kakiage and katsudon. It isn’t rocket science to figure out what to order.
Chirashidon – P445
Without the freshest ingredients, a Japanese restaurant can only do so much. It’s worth trying out Zipang’s Chirashidon, decoratively topped with salmon, tuna, ebi, kani, tamago & Uni, which are surprisingly fresh for an unassuming restaurant.
Sukiyaki Teishoku – P350
I was impressed with the serving size of Zipang’s Sukiyaki, served Teishoku style. The serving is more than what a lone person can chew. I’d recommend anyone ordering this to share with another, and just order another extra white rice.
Though the beef strips aren’t exactly sukiyaki cut, the simmering, flavorful broth is good enough for me to digest. You get a miso soup, side salad, pickles and some katsubuoshi to garnish your appetite.
Sanzokuyaki Teishoku – P300
Zipang’s specialty, Sanzokuyaki, is marinated in garlic soy and sake and deep fried to a golden crisp, the style of which originating from Nagano. Sorry for the lack of photos, but at the time of writing, the serving size for the teishoku set meal is baffling, great for three persons.
Overall, my first visit to Zipang is enough to gain my interest and come back for second time, particularly because they don’t pretend to be the best Japanese restaurant in Manila and jack up their prices as a consequence. The service is extremely accommodating and knowing a Japanese chef is preparing your food makes you comfortable. People usually flock Zipang at night but scoring seats during lunch hours isn’t hard to do.
|Taste and Originality:||(3.5 / 5)|
|Customer Experience:||(3.5 / 5)|
|Value for Money:||(4.0 / 5)|
|Brick and Mortar:||(3.0 / 5)|
|Average:||(3.5 / 5)|