10 Great Japanese Restaurants You Can Only Find in Alabang and Paranaque (Spot.ph)

(This feature was published in Spot.ph last June 22, 2018)

Sometimes, you just have to travel and go out of your comfort zone for good food — even if it means braving the horrendous traffic. And with the plethora of Japanese restaurants in Manila, you’re sure to get your sushi fix wherever it may be, even if it’s down south. What’s particularly great about Alabang and Paranaque is most areas have Japanese joints you won’t find elsewhere. Keep scrolling because we’ve gathered some of the best places for Japanese, be it sushi or tempura, in the south side of the Metro. Prepare yourself for some good eats.

Mr. Roboto

The name itself is a dead giveaway of what to elect from this vibrant cartoon-themed restaurant. Dining here would conjure feelings of nostalgia if you grew up watching Japanese animated shows like Voltes V, Daimos, Voltron, and Mazinger Z. You can’t miss the retro images of robots paltered on the walls and even on the serving trays, a reflection of how fun and colourful Japanese cuisine is. This homegrown restaurant, inspired by the song Mr. Roboto by Styx, dishes out visually-pleasing creations, like the Nori Nachos (P350) that uses nori chips instead of the usual tortilla, Mr. Roboto Chirashi (P695) with assorted sashimi and an aburi egg yolk over furikake sushi rice, and Lamb Katsu (P525), which pairs Australian ground lamb with either curry or gravy.

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