Nomiya Izakaya (@nomiyaPH) is QC’s newest Japanese pub! Located in the quiet side streets of Tomas Morato, it is a stark contrast against the lively ambiance of the clubs in the area. Nomiya is perfect for catching up with old friends or unwinding with colleagues after a long day at work! (Trivia: The name “Nomiya Izakaya” is meant to be redundant. The word “nomiya” literally means liquor store, while the word “izakaya” means Japanese bar.)
As an izakaya or Japanese bar, Nomiya serves bite-sized stuff to go with the sake and beer. We started off with the Umaki Tamago (PHP 300), a sweet omelette roll with Japanese grilled eel at the center!
The Spicy Salmon Nori Fries (PHP 140) is an interesting dish: salmon rolled in seaweed, then fried with tempura batter. Served with regular and spicy mayo.
One of the dishes I enjoyed, the Maguro Nuta (PHP 220) is tuna sashimi in sweetened miso sauce on a bed of wakame (seaweed), topped with leeks.
Seemingly a spicy version of the maguro nuta, the fresh Spicy Tuna Salad (PHP 240) contains spicy miso sauce, fried tempura batter and leeks.
Another modern twist, the Takoyaki Maki (PHP 310) is a sushi roll version of the beloved takoyaki ball! Topped with bonito flakes and pickled ginger, the octopus maki is drizzled with takoyaki sauce and Japanese mayo. It has all the elements of everyone’s favorite fried octopus ball!
What’s an izakaya without Kushiyaki or grilled meat skewers? Available in beef, pork and chicken! Love the glaze! (Trivia: The word “yakitori” is literally chicken skewer. So if we’re referring to skewers in general, it should be “kushiyaki“.)
Not to be confused with the other meaning of the expression, the Magic Mushrooms (PHP 140) are fun to eat! Tempura battered and fried shiitake mushrooms!
The Gyutan (PHP 240) are slices of ox tongue sauteed in oroshi sauce and toasted garlic!
The Seafood Teppan (PHP 350) is a grilled medley of all the seafood you can think of: salmon, prawn, squid and a bunch of other stuff!
Last but not least, the colorful Chirashi Don (PHP 345) is a classic Japanese rice bowl topped with assorted sashimi goodness!
For dessert, instead of matcha ice cream, we were given delicious Cuban Pastelitos from Flaco Pasteleria (@heyflaco.ph)! These glazed puff pastries are filled with cream cheese, perfect for any occasion! They have a shop in San Juan, but you can also call them at (+63 917) 113-5226! A great end to a great meal at Nomiya Izakaya!
Location: 36 Scout Tobias Street, Laging Handa, Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines
Tuesday to Thursday: 12 PM to 2:30 PM and 6 PM to 10:30 PM
Friday to Saturday: 12 PM to 2:30 PM and 6 PM to 12 MN
Sunday: 12 PM to 2:30 PM and 6 PM to 10:30 PM