Oh, if I could eat Japanese food every day, I totally would, it’s my go-to cuisine! The fun thing about Japanese food here in the Philippines is that there are so many places to try! And recently, I found a new favorite – Nadai Fujisoba! 🙂
I first tried Nadai Fujisoba early this year. It’s a spin-off from the chain of restaurants named Fujisoba based in Japan. 🙂 I was able to try out their Tempura Udon when we visited their first branch located at Bonifacio High Street and since then, they’ve already opened in two new locations, Lucky China Town Mall (in Binondo, Manila) and SM Aura Premier (in the Fort).
The main thing that catches your eye when you go to one of their branches is how very stylized the interiors and furnishings are – from the loud paintings on the walls, the kind of dining sets they use, even the iconic restaurant curtains that you see hanging over their doorways. I’m kind of a Japan-ophile so I’m a huge fan of anything culture-related. I love everything that’s Edo & Heian period related so the resto really gives you that blast from the past, haha! 🙂
Even their menu is very stylized! It’s so interesting! The paintings on the walls and ceilings are pretty cool to look at, they look like something you’d see in historical Japan . 🙂
Anyway, onto the food! Yay!
Tempura Udon – Definitely one of the best items in their menu! The broth is light and a little bit on the sweet side (which I really like), plus you get two Ebi Tempuras! Their udon noodles have a good consistency, too. They don’t go soggy over time and they have a nice snap when you bite into them. 🙂
Since I tried the Tempura Udon before, I decided to get the Curry Udon. I have no complaints about the noodles and the curry sauce has the right kind of thickness and consistency. There was just a little sourness going on in the broth but nonetheless, still good! 🙂 I’d still get the Tempura Udon again next time, though!
Agh, my favorite part of the experience. You can put Tempura bits in your noodles to your liking! I love, love, LOVE this, hehe! (To say the least, I totally abused this privilege, LOL.)
So there you have it! This is really one of my favorite Japanese restos as of late because the food is good and it is not overpriced at all. Fairly reasonable at Php230 – 290 a bowl and the atmosphere is nice, too! We weren’t able to try any of the Soba dishes but will definitely get to it when we visit again, LOL.
Overall, I’m very fond of Nadai Fujisoba, haha! The only problem that I have is that the place (when we went to both the High Street and Lucky China Town Mall branches) is often crowded. But personally, when I know I’m waiting to dive into good food, I really don’t mind the wait. 🙂