Osaka’s CHIBO OKONOMIYAKI Now In Manila! #JaneenaEats
One of my favorite locations in Osaka is Shinsaibashi Dotonbori since there’s nothing but food, food and more food in every corner! There, stands a 6-storey Chibo Okonomiyaki building! I see why, especially because Okonomiyaki is one of Osaka’s signature dishes! You can’t leave Osaka without trying it, as well as Takoyaki! Founded in 1973, they currently have 63 stores and counting all over Japan! Impressive!
I was delighted to have been invited to enjoy the Chibo Okonomiyaki experience in their flagship branch here in the Philippines before it opened its doors to the public. It’s been months since our Osaka vacation, and I’ve been having withdrawals on all the delectable authentic Japanese dishes we’d easily stumble across the streets.
The 1st Philippine branch is located at the newly developed S Maison Mall, Conrad Hotel Manila on Seaside Boulevard at the Mall of Asia Complex. To all the residents from the south… Rejoice! There’s officially a new mall you can enjoy with your friends and family!
The restaurant is at the 2nd floor, and it has such a fancy and inviting vibe! The interiors are modern Japanese, and we were told that everything from the design to the teppanyaki tables, ingredients, and of course chefs, are all Japanese! Their other Filipino chefs also underwent intensive training in Osaka, so I expected to have a nostalgic gastronomic experience as if transported back to Japan, except this time with more of my friends and family!
So here are highlights of the evening, and the dishes we got to try.
There are also sauces and condiments on every table side such as Okonomiyaki sauce, soy sauce, chili, and even dried squid flakes for addition toppings, to make sure you get your preferred taste!
Price for dishes start at P 120 and the priciest dish on the menu is a premium Okonomiyaki Teppan Course at P 1,900 that includes US Beef Tenderlion Steak, Butatama Okonomiyaki, Assorted Seafood, Salad, Tonpei-Yaki (Pork Omelette), and dessert! And you’d get a pretty hefty appetizer or side dish with that P 120 already. Very impressive considering the quality, ambiance, and accommodating service of the staff! Waiting time took a little while, but we did order quite a lot, and it was only their soft opening. So there’s definitely room for improvement.
I’m looking forward to coming back and dining here again not only because of the food but also because of the pleasant and interactive dining experience! Having a teppan table to “cook” and share with amongst friends and family really amps up any meal, be it for date night, a meeting, or for celebrations… I know our little “Para sa Okonomiya(ki)” crew had an extra fun, worthwhile, and memorable time!
Learn more about Chibo Okonomiyaki here.