Japanese Restaurant in Tomas Morato: Nomiya Izakaya
Kon’nichiwa! Don’t you just love Japanese food? It’s fresh, delicate, and definitely IG-worthy. Surely, everything is mouthwatering about this East Asian cuisine. And I’m happy I found a new gem budding in the foodie heaven of the North. Located along Sct. Tobias in Tomas Morato, Nomiya Izakaya is a Japanese Restaurant and Sake Bar in Quezon City one ought not miss!
Nomiya Izakaya: A Japanese Restaurant + Sake Bar in QC
My family frequents the area and one thing I noticed is that it’s located in the quiet side of Tomas Morato. Which is a good thing because of two things. First, the street is wider and has ample parking space. And second, the place is more suited for easy leisure dining – away from the throng of bars and busy restaurants just 2 to 3 streets away.
It was a rainy day when I visited and seeing the legit (yet unassuming) mini-Sake Bar look of Nomiya Izakaya instantly made me all warm and fuzzy inside. As the name doubly suggests, Nomiya Izakaya is meant to highlight the liquor (Sake + Beer) to be paired with awesome bite-sized Japanese treats.
Well, no bottles were popped that day for us (too early). But I can totally see this as a good hangout joint for some good conversations over great Sake + Japanese Food during weeknights and even more so over weekends. So without further adieu, let’s get those makis rollin’!
Top Food Picks at Nomiya Izakaya
Appetizer: Salmon Aburi Maki (Php 340.00) – HTD Favorite!
They say first impressions last. And rightly so, I must say. First roll and I was totally hooked on what Nomiya Izakaya had to offer. 8 big rolls of melt-in-your-mouth salmon and popping roe goodness!
Appetizer: Takoyaki Maki (Php 310.00)
Love Takoyaki? Go for the hybrid Takoyaki Maki at Nomiya Izakaya. Takoyaki Balls turned Sushi topped with the classic bonito flakes, pickled ginger, sweet takoyaki sauce, and Japanese Mayo.
Appetizer: Umaki Tamago (Php 300.00) – HTD Favorite!
A classic made 10x better! I super loved Nomiya Izakaya’s take on the rolled up omelette. They were huge, buttery-soft, and sweet with grilled Japanese eel in the middle. Talk about an electrifying innovation!
Appetizer: Spicy Salmon Nori Fries (Php 140.00)
If you love tempura like I do, you have to try Nomiya’s Spicy Salmon Nori Fries. Fresh salmon slices rolled in nori, coated and fried in tempura batter. I can totally see me munching on these while watching movies!
Sashimi: Meguro Nuta (Php 220.00) – HTD Favorite!
Next to tempura, I love indulging on a good plate of sashimi. And Nomiya Izakaya surely indulged me on some. Their Maguro Nuta is basically tuna sashimi in sweetened miso sauce with seaweed, topped with onion leeks. Fresh and tasty!
Sashimi: Spicy Tuna Salad (Php 240.00)
Got a thing for spice? Opt for Nomiya’s Spicy Tuna instead of the Maguro Nuta. Same fresh taste with a kick!
Mains: Yakitori Sticks
Just like our local beer sessions that call for barbecue as pulutan, Sake is best enjoyed with Yakitori. Soft, well-seasoned meat skewers grilled to savory perfection. We had the chicken (Php 45.00) and Beef (Php 65.00/stick).
Mains: Beef Gyutan (Php 240.00)
One fine example of how delicate Japanese cuisine can be is the Gyutan from Nomiya Izakaya. Thin slices of ox tongue sauteed in oroshi sauce and toasted garlic.
Mains: Seafood Teppan (Php 350.00)
Do you sea all the fresh goodness in that plate? Grilled salmon, squid, and prawn paired with butter-sauteed vegetables.
Mains: Chirashi Don (Php 345.00)
How beautiful is this bowl? Fresh sashimi slices topped on soft Japanese Gohan (rice).
Sides: Magic Mushrooms (Php 140.00) – HTD Favorite!
If you like a crunch on your food, go for the Magic Mushrooms by Nomiya Izakaya. Shiitake mushrooms coated in tempura fried to a crisp! They were so good and addictive, I must have finished half of the plate. Oops!
Dessert: Cuban Pastelitos!!!
We were full to the brim and good thing they had our dessert for takeaway. And they were the bomb! Crunchy, flaky puff pastries with sweet cream cheese filling. Took these home for my mom and sister and they were gone in 5 minutes! The best pastelitos in town, yo! Get them from Flaco Pasteleria (@heyflaco.ph).
Been to Nomiya Izakaya? Comment down your favorites.
Location: 36 Scout, Sct. Tobias St, Diliman, Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines
Contact Number: (02) 954 7055