Cebu Eats: 8 MUST-TRY Japanese Restaurants

Oishi! Sounds familiar? Well, it’s the Japanese word for “delicious”.

In a Japanese cuisine, you can enjoy a wide array of interesting and palatable dishes such as Teriyaki, Katsu, Udon (Japanese Noodle Soup), Sadako, Sushi, Sashimi, and Tempura among the popular favorites.

Generally, Japanese people have so much respect especially when it comes to food. They give value and love to the food they serve and eat and as observed, most of what they serve are healthy and fresh. No wonder many people adore and patronize the Japanese cuisine.

Here are some of the Japanese restaurants in Cebu that you should try.

 

1. AKITA Japanese Restaurant

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AKITA restaurant opened last 2016. It has a number of positive reviews on its Facebook Page and popular for their affordable yet very delicious ramen.

  • Operating hours: 12PM – 2:30PM, 5PM – 10:30PM (Tuesday-Sunday)
  • Contact details: (032) 384 7341
  • Social: Facebook Page
  • Address: City Time Square 2, Mantawe Ave. Tipolo, Mandaue City
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2. Nonki Japanese Restaurant

Nonki Restaurant is one the most popular restaurants in Metro Cebu. In fact, it has 6 branches as of this writing. They are known for their “value for money” bentos.

  • Operating hours: 10AM to 11PM, Mondays to Sundays (may vary per branch)
  • Contact details: (032) 422 3159
  • Social: Facebook Page
  • Branches:
    – 219 A.S. Fortuna St. Bakilid Mandaue City (main branch)
    – Upper G/F, SM City Cebu
    – Mactan Tropics Center, Airport Road, Ibo, Lapu-Lapu City
    – G/F One Pavilion Mall, Banawa, Cebu City
    – 2/F Veranda, J Centre Mall
    – JPark Island Resort, Maribago, Lapu-Lapu City
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3. Mismukuno Teppanyaki

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Photo by Charmaine Borces

Mismukuno Teppanyaki is a relatively new Japanese restaurant that offers wide variations. Interestingly, your ordered food are cooked right in front of you.

  • Operating hours: 10AM – 10PM (Sunday – Thursday) / 10AM – 11PM (Friday – Saturday)
  • Contact details: (032) 231 4682
  • Social: Facebook Page
  • Address: Rooftop Garden, Ayala Center Cebu, Cebu City
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4. Ebisuya Japanese Restaurant

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Ebisuya Japanese Restaurant is one of the classy restaurants you can find in the metro. From aesthetics inside and out, you will feel the luxurious ambiance of the restaurant.

  • Operating hours: 11:30AM to 11PM, Mondays to Sundays
  • Contact details: 0916 234 6462
  • Social: Facebook Page
  • Address: 1 Pased Saturnino Maria Luisa Rd, Cebu City
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5. Joed’s Lutong Hapon

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Speaking of Japanese restaurants’ name, I consider Joed’s Lutong Hapon standing out among the rest. This is probably the first time I’ve heard of a Japanese restaurant named in the Filipino language. Though when it comes to the taste of Japanese cuisine, it surely serves one of the best.

  • Operating hours: 11AM to 4AM, Mondays to Sundays
  • Contact details: 0943 570 7419
  • Social: Facebook Page
  • Branches:
    – Pres. Quirino Corner F. Cabahug Street, Mabolo, Cebu City
    – APM Centrale, A. Soriano Avenue, North Reclamation Area, Cebu City
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6. Ginza Japanese Restaurant

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Photo by Michael Sandil
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Photo by Michael Sandil

Ginza Japanese Restaurant is one of the most spacious Japanese restaurants I’ve known. It has a second floor to accommodate walk-ins and regular customers. Aside from it is affordable, the food being served is highly recommended.

  • Operating hours: 11AM – 2PM, 6PM – 10PM (Monday – Sunday)
  • Contact details: (032) 232 5406
  • Social: N/A
  • Address: J. Panis Street, Banilad, Cebu City
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7. Sumo Sam

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Conveniently located at Ayala Center Cebu, Sumo Sam has a wide range of food available from tempura to maki rolls to ramen that Japanese patrons will surely love. It’s really tasty and delicious. They also have desserts that must be tried. The place is a bit small, but spacious and visually pleasant.

  • Operating hours: 10AM to 11PM, Mondays to Sundays
  • Contact details: (032) 401 0643
  • Social: Facebook Page
  • Address: G/F The Terraces, Ayala Center Cebu
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8. Han-Nya Japanese Restaurant

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Photo by Nico Pielago

Han-Nya Japanese Restaurant undeniably serves healthy yet palatable dishes. They offer vegetable and meat menu plus a more than hundred dishes to choose from. The area is pretty much organized, too.

  • Operating hours: 24/7 (Monday – Sunday)
  • Contact details: (032) 255 8536
  • Social: Facebook Page
  • Address: Hotel Asia, 11 Don Jose Avila St, Capitol Site, Cebu City
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Aside from Tokyo Tokyo, Rai Rai Ken and Chibori, there’s actually a lot of Japanese restaurant in Metro Cebu. This list simply serves as your brief guide and answer every time you crave for Japanese goodness.

Do you know other Japanese restaurants that we should try? Comment down your suggestions.

Hannah Abelgas
"Cebu, the place where I belong."

Contributor | Eastern Samar

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  1. Cebu trip is not complete without a food trip. Cebu food is the best of all time. For more food adventure, I definitely recommend this cebu food trip in your food list.

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