Enbu Robatayaki in Okada Manila.

Time check: 2:22am.

They say that when you feel hungry in the middle of the night, you're just thirsty. I drank two bottles of water and five cups of chamomile tea and yet I'm still craving for the Kung Pao Chicken I had for dinner yesterday.  I'm actually in a hotel room working on a paper and can order room service (one of my favorite luxuries of life because I get hungry until the wee hours of the morning) but before I do that, I’ll distract myself first by writing about where we had dinner this evening. Maybe after posting, I'll feel sleepy instead of hungry. I can continue working tomorrow morning anyway since my mind is already spent.

Earlier this evening, T and I had dinner at Enbu (Robotayaki) in Okada Manila.  Robatayaki (or robata for short) is a method of cooking in Japan where food is cooked over charcoal, similar to barbecueing.

Enbu's dining area is composed of several robota counters manned by Chef Atsushi Yoshida and his team and guests are seated around those counters so we can watch our food while it is being cooked. And since Enbu is along the Crystal Corridor, T and I could watch the hourly fountain show from our seats.

But interesting as the counters are, what catches my eye are the thousands of red cochin lanterns hanging from the restaurant's ceiling. Yes, thousands!

Here is a rundown of what we ordered: General Santos Tuna and Salmon Salad Tartar-Style served with Shiso Dressing (PhP560+), Chicken Leg Teriyaki with Japanese Sansyo Sauce (PhP680+), and Foie Gras Saikyo-yaki Marinated in White Miso with Focaccia Bread and Dried Fruits (PhP690+). T also ordered a roll but I forgot what it was. I'll ask him later when he wakes up. I know chicken teriyaki is chicken teriyaki but because I order it all the time, I can differentiate between a good one and a so-so one. Enbu's version falls into the "good one" category for me.

Enbu Robotoyaki also offers the Kushiyaki, which is their eat-all-you-can grilled Japanese skewers promo that comes with unlimited rice and miso soup also. It's only available during Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays. The person who walked us in told me that it's PhP2,200++ so I didn't do it because I wasn't really that hungry. After T and I were done eating, our server Charmaine tells us about it and I learn that it's only PhP1,200++. Too bad, I would've did that. T said we can come back next time for that.

Thumbs Up!
Nice ambiance, especially because of the red lanterns.
Friendly and attentive servers (special mention to our server Charmaine and her co-server Regine).
Located along the Crystal Corridor so the fountain show is visible from the windows.

Thumbs Down!
A bit on the pricey side but quality of food is high anyway.

T and I definitely enjoyed our dinner at Enbu this evening. We will definitely be back to try their all-you-can-eat Kushiyaki grilled Japanese skewers. I'm excited for that!

Enbu Robotayaki
Dining Date: 26 June 2018

Contact Information

Crystal Corridor
Okada Manila
Entertainment City
Paranaque City

Tel No.: +63 2 555 5799

Official Website

Facebook Page

Operating Hours

Friday to Sunday
11:00am to 3:00pm

Monday to Sunday
6:00pm to 11:00pm

Closed on Wednesdays

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