Little Tokyo has been one of the go to places for our family for authentic but reasonably priced Japanese food. We recently discovered Nodasho Japanese Restaurant, located in the garden courtyard of Little Tokyo. It is located directly across Hana and Kagura.
Nodasho is quite small and has a rustic Japanese feel. The surroundings makes you feel transported to a different era, even the chef looks a bit ancient and full of skill and wisdom.
The have various seating options like but only the sushi bar and a single table for 7 features normal chair seating. The ones to the side of the sushi bar and private rooms have these sunken tables that might be a bit hard to maneuver into. (trust me, it was quite a stretch for me)
We’ve eaten at Nodasho a handful of times already and each one was a wonderful and satisfying experience.
A perfect start to every Japanese meal is plates and plates of sushi and sashimi. We had Ika, King Salmon (P450), Tamago, Kani, and Tuna. The ika sashimi here is what convinced my dad to order it everywhere and to think he did not eat that before. The salmon is also very very high quality, just one bite and you’ll know.
Here’s another look at the thick orange slices of salmon sashimi.
I also has some Otoro Sushi (P450/2) or tuna belly, silky and indulgent but it was the Shima Aji that I enjoyed more.
I could not get enough of their sushi and sashimi so I decided to get a chirashi bowl which I had forgotten to take a pic of and could not find in my Instagram feed.
Lauren had her usual tempura but she still professes undying love for the ones from Izakaya Kikufuji. She’s been eating those for 10 years already. They don’t have tempura teishoku sets but you can add P250 to get rice, miso soup, chawanmushi and tsukemon (pickles).
I also tried a stick of the Jidori Negima Yakitori (P130), Japanese chicken that are prized for freshness and better chicken flavor. The difference seemed slight to me compared to regular yakitori but I enjoyed the light sauce they use at Nodasho. I think Kikufuji still trumps them in yakitori selection and technique.
Irene had the Tendon and Kitsune Udon lunch set (P350). Two mini bowls of rice and udon so you get the best of both worlds.
The Unaju (P1200/full, P800/half). They make they own sauce to pour over the charcoal roasted plump unagi from Japan. The price is an eye opener but the quality is light years different from the cheaper versions.
We’ve eaten at Nodasho Japanese Restaurant more than a handful of times already and each time was a delightful experience. The prices are higher that other places in Little Tokyo but the quality shows. I hope you give this place a try when you visit Little Tokyo and be sure to tell me about your experience.
Nodasho Japanese RestaurantUnit 14 Little Tokyo,
2277 Chino Roces Avenue
Makati City, Philippines
Contact No.: 840-2741
Operating Hours: 11:15 am to 2pm; 5pm to 1am daily