Finding lesser known Japanese places in the metro is a source of joy for someone as food-crazed as myself. It’s not about being the first few ones to blog about it. It’s about finding a place more removed from the crowd. Such discoveries send a jolt of excitement through me. I usually can’t wait until I drag someone to try the place out with me.
Stumbling upon Zipang is an example of one of those instances. Located at a less congested area of Quezon City, Zipang is owned and ran by a Japanese chef whom we always see prepare the dishes alongside his staff. The servers were all nice and polite, always willing to help us out whenever we had any questions about the items they offer.
Don’t be scared to go in and try their food. The place may look like it’s always deserted, but they successfully attract a decent amount of customers. We’ve been to this place twice and so far, we’ve seen several big groups come in and have their table reservations on the second floor.
Before I proceed with the rest of the photos and before you get the wrong idea, let me just inform you that the photos in this post were taken from the two separate occasions I’ve mentioned above. 😉
The little pot on the boat houses good quality uni which my Dad enjoyed very much. However, the rest of the Mixed Sashimi boat weren’t as impressive, as some pieces of the tuna were either too stringy or the shrimp were no longer as firm as expected. We’ve experienced this both times we ordered it in our two visits, so I think it’s safe for us to say that Zipang may not be the best place to get your sashimi fix.
Fortunately, their other stuff were superb and definitely ruled out any uncertainties we had about their sashimi. Their agedashi tofu is one of those must-order dishes if you plan to visit this restaurant.
Chicken Katsu Curry (Php270.00)
Mixed Furai Teishoku (Php335.00)
Being hefty eaters, my family are very happy that Zipang serves big-ass teishoku (meal sets) to satisfy our appetites. Each set came with a bowl of soup, rice and some picked vegetables and/or a bowl of salad. We’ve tried several ones and so far, none of them has failed us yet! The cream korokke which was part of the mixed furai set in the photo above was my favorite.
Buta Kakuni Teishoku (Php290.00)
IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT: tender braised pork belly + Japanese mustard is another match made in heaven. ♥ It’s a combination I urge everyone to try when they get the chance. Why didn’t someone tell us earlier that Japanese mustard wasn’t just made for eating with tonkatsu? 🙁
Karaage Teishoku (Php225.00)
Buta no Shogayaki Teishoku (Php270.00)
This was the set which took me back to that one October night when we were at a small restaurant in Shibuya, eating a really good bowl of marinated pork slices with seriously intense ginger flavors. I honestly don’t like ginger all that much, but there’s a certain thing to the way this dish is prepared which makes me actually look forward to tasting all the ginger. Says something, right?
Ika (Squid) Fry
None of the teishoku come with a dessert, though, so Mom and I decided to pick something separate off the menu. We shared a serving of their ice cream with soybean powder and wafer sticks. Nothing mind-blowing, but still was a lovely way to end a filling meal.
It’s been several months since I was in Japan, and Zipang takes me back there even for the shortest of moments. With their lovely teishoku sets and authentic flavors, there’s no reason not to give Zipang a try when you’re craving for Japanese. 🙂