Izakaya Kikufuji (Little Tokyo, Makati): A First Impressions Review

If you’ve been reading this blog for some time, you probably know that Japanese food is my all-time favorite cuisine. Give me sushi anytime and I’m a happy camper! It’s no wonder S and I always end up dining at Japanese places when we don’t have any weekend plans.

Izakaya Kikufuji facade

Izakaya Kikufuji in the Little Tokyo area is always packed, no matter what day I come to visit. We were lucky to still get seats one early Sunday morning. I highly suggest making a reservation beforehand if you can.

shima saba sashimi

S loves ordering one type of sashimi whenever we eat at Japanese places. We went with the shime saba sashimi, just so that we’d get to try something different. I wasn’t a fan of these pickled mackerel slices; I found them way too sour for my liking. S enjoyed them more than I did and it was nice watching him finish off the entire platter.

Izakaya lunch sets accompaniments

I absolutely love Japanese set lunches, with the ones from Izakaya Kikufuji not being an exception. They come with all sorts of stuff that make my tummy happy! These accompaniments usually change depending on what’s available for the day. During this visit, they served us a bowl of salad, stir-fried mixed vegetables with chicken and spicy tuna sashimi salad. Everything was delicious!


S goes for beef dishes as often as he can whenever we eat out. He went with the gyudon lunch set, but said that he didn’t find anything special with the actual beef.

nigiri sushi set

I went with the Nigiri Sushi Set, my default in any Japanese restaurant. The amount of stuff in this set was very impressive, with the salmon and the grilled eel (unagi) ones being my favorites. I shared several pieces with S, but I think one person can finish all of this without much problems.

mixed vegetables tempura

Instead of ordering ebi tempura, I often go for the mixed vegetables one. I liked that Izakaya Kikufuji had a good mix of vegetables in their version and that it wasn’t expensive either. The most surprising ones were the long green chilis! This was the first Japanese restaurant where we encountered them as part of the yasai tempura. I enjoyed eating those, but S decided to stick with the other vegetables.


These Japanese set lunches also normally come with a dessert of your choice. S went with fresh fruits while I went with a tall glass of iced coffee. Perfect way to end a beautifully satisfying meal, in my opinion. 🙂

*Izakaya Kikufuji is located at the Little Tokyo area, 2277 Chino Roces Avenue, Legaspi Village, Makati City.

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