It’s been a while since I’ve done a blog post about food, but this is so worth the effort, since it’s been a favorite of our family. DiploBaby, especially loves this restaurant and after I had my birthday lunch here, he even had a lunch date with his Ninang (godmother) a few days after. He just can’t get enough of it, my little foodie.
As for me, I love the interiors of the place, even the toilet is a Japanese toilet, staying true to the theme. The bar is small but beautiful to sit in with a wide array of choices. And despite being beside a busy street (Buendia) they manage to create an oasis of calm for people who want to dine al fresco. The only thing I must warn you about is if you have asthma, like I do, is that when there are smokers in this area, the smell can sometimes waft in if you are in a table by the door.
IKOMAI LUNCH MEALS
I think the lunch meals of Ikomai are extremely reasonable for the quality of the food. The chef is Japanese and it shows, not just in the taste, but beautiful zen presentation of the food. The lunch sets start at Php380. This Kushi Moriawase Set with skewers of deep fried goodies is Php490, including the most delicious bowl of Miso Soup I’ve had, rice, some small sides and a little sweet to top it off. The little ball of chocolate is extremely satisfying and perfectly caps a generous meal.
We also love the following and I can highly recommend. The ones with the asterix (*) are DiploBaby’s favorites.
Tuna Poke Bowl Set Php450
Salmon Poke Php350
Chicken Karaage Php100/stick*
Salmon Cheese with Avocado 2pcs Php150*
Eggplant with Foie Gras Php280
Sapporo Draft Beer
Mio Sparkling Sake
IKOMAI X TOCHI FOR KIDS
Not only is the menu met with ravenous approval by my diplo baby, I love that they have cute kid friendly plates and cutlery. Can you see how much DiploBaby loves the food in that face?!?
For dessert, our absolute favorites are below, but there are so many more to try!
Chocolate Symphony *DiploBaby calls this chocolate cake with flag
Peanut Butter Cookie
Interesting to know: the dessert displayed out front is not real. My best friend, Jenn, found out when she wanted a specific slice of cake, and they told her that the real ones are in the back ready to be served. These just looks so delicious and real that I don’t blame her for trying LOL!
IKOMAI x TOCHI AFTERNOON TEA
My best friend Jenn invited me to try their afternoon tea, and it was so pleasant. It’s quite good value at Php950 for two people, with each one getting their own pot of tea. We had a lovely time chatting while letting the different flavors tickle our palates. The generous pots of tea, made for a nice and leisurely afternoon catch up.
IKOMAI also has a stall in the Saturday Salcedo Market (hope to have time to write about the market soon!) so if you happen to be there, you can get a taste of their Japanese street food with a twist.
IKOMAI means “let’s go” in Japanese, while Tochi means “land,” as in land of desserts.
Another thing we love about IKOMAI X TOCHI is how hands on the chefs are. During the times that we’ve eaten there, we could see Nagoya Chef Hide in the glass enclosed kitchen, and Chef James Antolin himself was checking the food before it was served. He would even bring some of our orders and served the Chocolate Symphony with a song to our super happy DiploBaby.