Japanese food serves as one of my favorite comfort foods (especially salmon sashimi and gyu don), that even a restaurant as simple and as mainstream as Teriyaki Boy is a place I don’t mind eating in five times a week (if only I could).
I remember there was a time after the Cupcake fetched me from work that I craved for Teriyaki Boy but strangely, we couldn’t find any in BGC.
So we looked around the area for a different Japanese restaurant instead, and found Hanaichi—tucked in a hidden corner along 28th Street and 4th Avenue, on the ground floor of The Luxe Residences.
Parking was really easy because The Luxe Residences provides free parking to Hanaichi’s customers, so as long as you present the guard a parking slip from the restaurant after.
As soon as we entered, the Cupcake and I both whispered to each other how legit the place looked. Even more so that the only other diners were Japanese. It’s definitely the most authentic Japanese restaurant in BGC—perhaps the most authentic Japanese restaurant in Metro Manila! It was also really quiet—the kind that makes you talk in a hushed voice with your date.
Our dinner that evening consisted of a Sashimi Set (Php 490), a Sukiyaki Set (Php 490), and Unbaked Cheesecake for dessert.
The servings were relatively generous. The Sashimi Set had assorted sashimi served with rice, Miso Soup, Mini Lapu-Lapu Fry, Oshinko, Mini Salad, Kobachi, and small fruits. The Sukiyaki Set, on the other hand, was served in a small casserole (good enough for two), with rice, Mini Salad, Kobachi, Oshinko, and small fruits.
It was all so delicious and fulfilling. Too fulfilling that I wasn’t able to finish my Sukiyaki Set (good thing I have the Cupcake for that). I really loved how authentic the restaurant was. My only observation was that the waitresses seemed really sad, but perhaps it was because they were already tired from the long day. It was around 9pm after all.
They had a separate menu for dessert, and one dessert I would really recommend is their Unbaked Cheesecake. It’s a frozen cheesecake, so just imagine that your favorite cheesecake was semi-turned into sherbet.
Even though Hanaichi is a little on the expensive side, I think its authenticity and good food make it worth it. The Cupcake and I are surprised it’s not as hyped up.
Ground Floor, The Luxe Residences, 28th Street cor. 4th Avenue
Bonifacio Global City, Taguig
Hanaichi: Authentic Japanese Restaurant in BGC