Nanbantei Yakitori Bar
Nanbantei of Tokyo opens up their fourth branch but offers a different experience as compared to the first three branches.
Located along C. Palanca Street, you would find the Nanbantei Yakitori Bar. It’s their first branch outside of a mall so for those with cars; be ready for street parking or maybe park somewhere (e.g. Greenbelt, Dela Rosa Carpark) and just walk towards it. Hopefully, the new location won’t stop you from going because there’s something new about how Nanbantei Yakitori Bar cooks their food.
In the previous three branches of Nanbantei of Tokyo; they were using an electric grill to cook their yakitori. While it does the job well and personally I have no complaints; there’s an improved version and one that follows the traditional way of cooking yakitori.
Say hello to cooking Yakitori over Binchotan (white charcoal). Imported from Japan, the binchotan charcoal has white portions (unlike our local charcoal that’s pure black). This brings us back to the how it started; skewered meat that’s lightly seasoned with salt and pepper and grilled over charcoal. The meat quietly absorbs the aroma and provides a better char-grilled taste.
The menu was very similar to what the other three branches already serve so let me just post my favorites from our Yakitori lunch.
A fresh way to start your meal. Love the combination of diced mangoes, kani (crab sticks) with mayo and popping fish roe. Oh yeah, there’s also leafy greens on it which I ate a lot (almost half of the plate).
An addicting dish. It’s simply Japan’s fried chicken but somehow the spices has this “eat me” effect on me.
Regardless of cuisine, pork belly has always been sinfully good! I usually remove the fat when eating pork belly but I seem to have forgotten that personal rule here.
A fan favorite (which means competition! just kidding!). The beef Yakiniku has consistently been my favorite at Nanbantei and this was no exemption. It absolutely made me go for the rice!
Definitely try this! You can taste the black beans in every spoonful! Their other ice cream such as green tea and avocado are must tries as well. If only I could have all three at the same time.
Congratulations to owners of Nanbantei Yakitori Bar for their fourth branch! With their delicious food, quick turnaround of food and attentive servers; I think a fifth branch isn’t far from the future. Now excuse me as I quietly dream about the beef yakiniku…
Till next time,
Nanbantei Yakitori Bar
109 Carlos Palanca Street,
Legaspi Village, Makati City
Restaurant by Location: Legaspi Village