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27 June 2008

Restaurant Review | Tokyo Cafe

Tokyo Cafe
Level 1, The Block, SM North EDSA
Type of Cuisine: Japanese
Average cost per person: Php 160 to Php 200 (US$4.00 to US$5.00)
Overall Rating: starstarstarstarnostar

If there's something to be said about this place, it would have to be that their service is fast. After having ordered our respective lunches, we waited for only about 5 minutes before all our orders were on our table, ready for us to devour them. Even better news? They were all perfectly cooked and wonderful.

Another thing we noted was their dishware. They make an effort to make sure your food looks not only appetizing but also pretty. From the eclectic bowl Bong's bisque was served in, to the colour, shape and form of the plates they used for each dish, each served to make your meal not only tasty but that much more delightful to your eyes. (Joey's Note: View the photos and see for yourself what I mean. :] )

The Tokyo Cafe experience for us was a good one: good food, lovely plating, great service and nice ambiance. And Harrell says the waitresses are pretty. What more can we add to that? :P

Shrimp BisqueShrimp Bisque (Php 85, US$2.13)
This creamy soup had a lot of flavour in it: a bit spicy and a lot herby. Bong's only complaints were that there was false advertising ("The photo in the menu had a shrimp in it. My bisque has none at all.") and that he would have enjoyed it more had it been accompanied by a slice of baguette or ciabatta.

Tuna Salad SandwichTuna Salad Sandwich (Php 125, US$3.13)
The tuna salad sandwich was good as well. It's basically tuna chunks with greens, tomatoes, and mustard in ciabatta bread. It's a refreshing dish which Bong really enjoyed. It came with a serving of fries, which made for a happier Bong. (Bong likes potatoes.)

Shrimp Aglio Olio (Php 230, US$5.75)
This was quite light, for pasta. Mildly spicy and briny, and, unlike with most food establishments, they were very generous with the shrimp.

Tokyo Boneless Chicken (Php 160, US$4.00)
This was great! The chicken was very juicy and tender, and the dish in its entirety was very flavourful. Joey highly recommends this dish, especially if you want something savoury but isn't heavy.

MF @ Tokyo Cafe
Reviewed by Bong, Harrell & Joey.
Photography by Joey.
See more photos on Joey's flickr.


  1. Beautiful and delicious photos!!

  2. delicious pictures, i agree... sma naman ako sa mga food trip nyo:)

  3. merch and sakai
    thankyou! ♥

    and, sakai, haha! only if you treat ;D

  4. Wow! This place looks and sounds great. Great food photography!

    Your reviews are really helpful. Keep up the good work!

  5. Ahh finally it is out :) I saw this on your flickr more than a few weeks ago and have been waiting for your review to see what you had to say about those drool-inducing photos you took of the food here.

    Bong, your comment on the lack of shrimp in your bisque made me grin hehe :) And your soup does sound good with some bread on the side.

    I really like the photos of the last two dishes. And both of them sound very appealing to me. Delicious :)

    Great review, as always :) You guys probably tire of hearing that already. Along with the comments about your photos, Joey. All very true though ;) So maybe you are all used to it? Hehe

    -- Jake

    P.S. You're right about the photos. I never would have noticed had you not pointed it out. You really have an eye for these things.

  6. The Flipside
    thankyou! ♥ we're really glad you find them helpful!

    sorry it took us a while hahha :P we have a backlog of posts so we're slowly releasing them so it won't be like homg flood of mf posts.

    and no no haha :P i just don't let the praise get to me :) haha. and no, we should hope we never get jaded like that ._.

    and i'm glad you saw what i meant :9 i was rather afraid no one would haha.

    i know what you mean :c our posts make me hungry sometimes too haha

  7. The Tokyo Cheeseburger... was the yummiest. The burgers at Tokyo Cafe are juicier. The patties are tastier compared with the char-grilled or whatever ones at BK. I love this place.


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