Japan Town Is Opening In The North!
Filipinos can’t get enough of Japan. When they’re not scrambling for seat sales online to actually travel to Tokyo, they’re back here trying to get their Jap-fix on. Lucky for them, Vertis North is launching Japantown to give you the fix you’re looking for, all in one place right here in the city. Vertis North is Ayala Malls’ newest shopping destination adjacent to TriNoma.
If you’re looking for an authentic taste of okonomiyaki, savory pancakes with a variety of fillings and toppings, this is a place to check out. Try the Osaka Premium Moonlight Okonomiyaki, their bestseller. One of the best things about this dish is it comes with a generous heap of the bonito flakes we all love!
Other must try dishes are the Pork Paitan Ramen with Char Siu and the Amiyaki Grilled Pork Rice Bowl.
If you’re hankering for some takoyaki, those Japanese battered balls traditionally filled with octopus, then this place is where you can park your stomach. A popular snack in Osaka, they are perfect as a quick bite to satisfy your cravings fast and well, and that’s exactly what you can expect from this stall.
For ramen lovers out there, you have to try this! Their specialty is sizzling ramen! Yes, there is such a thing, and you can only find it here.
The Tomato Seafood Sizzling Ramen is their bestseller. Your bowl of ramen is served in a heavy stone bowl (think bibimbap), with only a half-serving of soup, then it comes with a side pot of hot broth that you pour into your bowl for the sizzle.
Tip: Get the Soy Garlic Yuzu Wings on the side for a little bit of crunch.
Japan Fudo Street
If you don’t quite know what your palate wants to eat just yet, head over to Japan Fudo Street where there are many options to choose from. It’s like a Japanese food court where they have a takoyaki stand, a sashimi stand, a kamameshi house, a yakitori station, and a Japanese grocery among other spots!
Some of the dishes worth trying: the Sashimi Platter, Baby Octopus, and the Tori Teri Kamameshi.
Ready for something sweet? Tsujiri has about everything your matcha-heart desires and more. For a cake that satisfies even your chocolate craving, you should get the Matcha Blanca. This moist cake feels even more velvety in your mouth with the creamy matcha filling at the center.
And for your ice cream hankerings, there’s the Tsujiri Sundae Matcha and the Houjicha Float Matcha.
Still want to go to Japan? Well, they’ve got you covered there, too! At the corner of Japantown, you’ll find this travel agency that specializes in all things Japan, and can help make your sakura dreams come true.
From your visa to your itinerary, and even your transportation—they’ve got all the info to make your vacation bang-for-your-buck-fantastic and easy.
Even outside Japantown, you’ll notice a lot of other Japanese establishments around Vertis North like Tokyo Milk Cheese Factory, Karada, Ippudo (coming soon!), Japan Home, and Uniqlo (opens April 13!).
What are you waiting for? See you there!
Photos by Chris Clemente