Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Dinner at Izakaya Den Japanese Restaurant

Last Friday night, the hubby and I had a highly satisfying dinner at Izakaya Den. It’s a Japanese restaurant on M. Adriatico St. in Malate, Manila (just in front of Robinsons Place Manila and right beside Arabic Kitchen Restaurant). Aside from the great-tasting food, what I liked about this place were the free, fast wifi and the good service of the staff.



Izakaya Den’s space is quite small, with tables arranged right next to each other, side by side. The high-backed benches ensure privacy for the diners, though. There was soft music playing during our dinner which was kinda relaxing to me. I also noticed two groups of Japanese men dining as well which I think says a lot about the restaurant.


The hubby was in the mood for ramen that night so he got what he wanted –- Chashu Ramen, P400. It arrived on our table steaming hot, with big chunks of slow-roasted pork and vegetables on a big bowl. It was actually a meal on its own. It was very tasty, flavorful and filled with authentic Japanese ramen goodness. The hubby even said it’s the best ramen he’s ever tried. I believed him.


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The rice eater in me, on the other hand, opted for the Katsudon, P300. It was served on a bowl complete with a side dish of miso soup and a small plate of pickled veggies. While I found the breaded, boiled pork well-seasoned and fresh-tasting, I didn’t like how it had more fat than lean meat. The sauce was a blend of sweet, sour and salty which went well with the soft and sticky Japanese rice. The big serving was a given as I couldn’t finish my food all by myself. I had to share some with the hubby.


We also got an order of California Maki, P250. It had eight rolls which all tasted fresh and good. They were generous with the fish caviar and we appreciated it. The hubby ate most of them because he’s a big sushi fan.


All of our food we washed down with complimentary tea and coffee (which you could request to be served either hot or cold).


with my date

If you’re somewhere in the Malate area and craving for Japanese food, do give Izakaya Den a try. It surely won’t disappoint, food and service wise.

Izakaya Den Japanese Restaurant
1555-C M. Adriatico St.
Ermita, Manila

(+632) 254-7034

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