Japanese restaurants have sprung like mushrooms throughout Metro Manila. The love for Japanese food like sushi, maki, ramen, yakiniku, and katsudon, may have driven the establishment of these food spots.
Dining on Japanese restaurants gives us a taste of Japan and what it has to offer without even leaving the country. That could be the reason why the Japanese fast-service chain Tokyo Tokyo has leveled up their Trinoma branch.
The revamped store offers a fresh, vibrant look of the contemporary Japan to improve the overall dining experience of Filipino customers.
“Our goal is to eventually have every Tokyo Tokyo restaurant redesigned to match the fresh, new look,” said Tokyo Tokyo’s Vice President for Marketing Natalie Perez.
Showcasing modern Japan
Inspired from the iconic street food culture in Japan, the newest store of the food chain definitely steals your attention.
“[The new store concept] perfectly represents the modernization of the brand, while still honoring its Japanese inspiration in a big way,” said Hong Kong-based architect and interior designer James JJ Acuña of Bespoke Studio.
The shopfront façade is reminiscent of Japanese street food stalls. Its central service area welcomes large crowds of Filipino families and barkadas. Moreover, the store has a Chef’s Open Kitchen Dining Room that lets you watch your food as it’s being prepared.
Two large dining rooms can be distinctly seen in-store. Garden Room located near the central service area evokes Japanese tea house architecture equipped with the brush art-on-vinyl inspired by the Fusama painting culture.
Meanwhile, the Tatami Room is the enclosed area of the store, cladded with the same mural design concept but accentuated with warm timber texture that reflects the raw nature of Tatami material.
“The store look and feel romanticized through intricate design details and elements which hark back to the iconic street food culture of Japan,” Acuña added.
Exclusive food items
With the unveiling look of the Trinoma branch, Tokyo Tokyo has also launched their newest food item exclusive to the branch alone.
Tempura Dragon Maki is the restaurant’s take to the classic prawn-filled maki. The prawn tempura is wrapped in a traditional sushi roll, drizzled with cheese sauce, Japanese mayo, and unagi sauce.
Insider tip: It’s better to enjoy the Tempura Dragon Maki alone. You won’t have to dip it in soy sauce.
Crazy Kani Maki is the classic California Maki roll coated with black sesame seeds with a generous topping of kani salad.
Their Chicken Teriyaki Salad, on the other hand, is a healthier meal for those trying to stay on a diet. It has their signature chicken teriyaki fillet placed on top of mixed greens, shredded veggies, and corn drizzled with roasted sesame dressing.
Of course, their newest products Wagyu Cubes Bento Box and Black Garlic Ramen, are also available in the revamped store.
Refreshing slushies of red iced tea and green tea await you. For desserts, they have three flavors of Waffle Bowl Sundaes:Triple Caramel, Strawberry Mango, Turtle Sundae.
Tokyo Tokyo’s revamped Trinoma branch is first of the renovated branches of the Japanese food chain.
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