Saturday, November 5, 2011

Japanese Food Overload at Hapon Suzuki

The party of two became the party of four.  A supposedly date of the couple became a gathering of friends.

It is once again enrollment time at UP so me and my friends from graduate school had agreed to enroll at the same time.  Ryan, who recently got his promotion was up and eager to treat us out for rounds of beer.  I am up to anything yet another friend, Eyna will be having a date with boyfie Edward in a carinderia in Tondo later after work.

A whut?!



You heard it right.  A carinderia in Tondo.  But this carinderia is special becuase it serves authentic Japanese food cooked by a Japanese and his Filipina wife.  According to Eyna, this was featured in a 30-minute TV show of Tonipet at GMA Channel 11.  So with a bit of curiousity, I invited myself and Ryan to go with them.

So right after work, Rye and I met up with Eyna at the Quezon Avenue Station.  Our route was: ride MRT  to Taft, get LRT at Taft to Abad Santos then tricycle to Grotto.

Our trike driver is not familiar with Grotto so we have to ask some locals about the place.  Good thing, the carinderia is popular,we got some simple directions:  "Straight ahead!".  So for first time goers, the landmarks that you would be passing by are: Amisola Maternity Hospital, rail tracks, police station and a gasoline station.  It is situated just beside the Grotto of the Virgin Mary.

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Hapon Suzuki Menu

The line was already long when we arrived.  We were already warned by Eyna that the service is poor because there's only two people cooking.  But we were up to good food and adventure, we don't want to be defeated.

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The Japanese Chef in his kitchen

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some ingredients

While waiting for our turn, we have listed our food choices.  Ryan was eager to try everything he sees nice and interviews people of the taste of what they have ordered.  If it is good, he adds it to our list

About 30 minutes, Edward arrived.  Yet we still haven't placed our order. Already hungry, he decided to buy us charred street food (pork barbeque and isaw) to fill our hungry tummies.

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Isaw and Pork Barbeque

Alas! It was our turn for our orders and we easily gave the piece of paper with a lot of food scribbled.

After another 15 minutes, Dinner was served.  OUR TABLE WAS OVERLOADED!!!  Hahaha!  So much for the plan of food tasting, we ordered half of their menu!  Good thing Ryan is paying!  I would have gone bankrupt!

We got all these!
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Pork Tongkatsu (we got 2 of these!!)

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Chicken Katsu

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Ebi Chukahan

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Beef Yakiniku

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Tempura (we also got 2 of these)

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Tamen Vegetable

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Yakisoba (another 2 of these)

The result, we don't know what to do about all of the food placed before us.  The food is overwhelming!
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Japanese Food Overload

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Good thing this kiddo was there to help us out with our leftovers.  He packed some of them for home to share with his family. =)
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Hapon Suzuki
Tondo

10 comments:

  1. you did not get into detail about the taste. sulit ba dayuhin? =)

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  2. Sorry, the katsus and tempura are ok just like the ones we are used to at Tokyo Tokyo. The yakisoba was a bit salty. The others are ok. I don't have much experience with Jap food to benchmark it with. But yeah, it is worth the food trip. But make sure you brought with you a lot of patience as it is jampacked and service is slow.

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  3. napanood ko to sa poptalk sa news tv ng gma,si china cojuanco pa ang isa sa mga reviewers.safe ba ang area?

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  4. The area is well lit and I think it is safe naman. But bring along friends and family as food is more fun when shared!

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  5. alam po ba ninyo yun tel number para malaman ko myun lugar kase malapit ako sa sm north edsa

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  6. Hi Anonymous,

    Take MRT all the way to Taft Avenue, then take LRT 1 and go down at Abad Santos Station. Take tricycle and tell them to bring you to Hermosa corner Juan Luna, that is where Suzuki carinderia is. Cel phone number is 0946 825 2406 from Facebook.

    Happy eating.
    Albert ERT

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  7. first off, thanks for making this blog about Suzuki Japanese Karenderia and to all who gave directions to this place. I could not have found my way here were it not for the help I got from here.

    so I finally had the chance to have dinner here last Saturday evening. I arrived at around 10:30pm and ordered tempura with fish, and gyosa. Their style is ok, though the tempura sauce is not the same as what you would have in more popular Japanese restos. the gyosa is ok too.

    Suzuki, the chef, is quite a jolly person, always ready with a smile, a friendly greeting, and the distinct Japanese bow that is difficult to immitate if you're not Japanese.
    He's particularly fond of little kids. While devouing my order, a family, with a toddler in tow, from another table were preparing to leave. Then I noticed Suzuki walk off to somewhere close to their place. He came back just as the group were leaving and gave the little girl a piece of cake he bought from a nearby bakery. While it took the girl some prodding to accept the cake, oh, the smile on the parents' faces. And Suzuki's as well.

    so, if for all this you ask, is it worth the trip? you bet!

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  8. Hi, i went to Suzuki Japanese Carinderia a week ago... as the saying goes. "you get what you paid for". But yes, it is worth a food trip. It's not really an authentic Japanese food. They just say it is because the cook is Japanese. Anyway, bring huge patience coz the service too slow.

    If you want to taste authentic japanese ramen, visit Ukokkei Ramen Ron at San Lorenzo Village. Tesoro Bldg., 822 A. Arnaiz Ave. San Lorenzo, Makati Philippines (02) 856-4588

    The best ramen in town. Try to order Tantanamen but they serve 20 bowls starting from 6pm.

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  9. friends, the have been relocated to a new place at Del fierro st. gagalangin tondo. from their old location ride a jeep going to divisoria at ask the driver to drop you off to Del fierro st. from there you may walk going to suzuki hapon.

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  10. here is the google map link. https://www.google.com.ph/maps/place/Earnshaw+St/@14.6270813,120.971469,19z/data=!4m2!3m1!1s0x3397b5ec72f1323d:0xe1d4b18bac7e9d5d

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