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Anime. Manga. Weird variety shows. Old samurai movies. Japan sure has the world hooked with its complex yet super fascinating culture. You know what else Japan got us hooked with? Their delicious cuisine. We really can’t get enough of Japanese food whether it’s a glistening plate of sashimi in different varieties, anything teriyaki or donburi, as well as a piping hot bowl of ramen. Good thing there’s a new place where you can get your fill of all things Japanese—from pop culture to enjoyable eats. Come on and hop on board Saigosan.

This new Japanese eatery is run by the people behind popular restaurant brands The Red Crab Alimango House, Blackbeard’s Seafood Island, and Pier at Clawdaddy’s, so expect a fun and fantastic concept matched with quality food and service. Once you step into this modern izakaya, it’s kind of like immersing yourself into the best of Japanese pop culture depicted in every corner of the eatery: from the retro ramen-themed posters to porcelain knick-knacks of sake cups and bottles and maneki-neko figurines, Takeshi’s Castle reruns and Nihongo greetings in neon lights. On one side, you can enjoy your meals inside the many “destination” booths on the restaurant’s bullet train. Customers can also feel free to sit and order from the bar just like a typical ramen shop.

Saigosan’s kitchen is led by Chef Chris Oronse who’s Nobu-training has inspired him to come up with a creative menu for this neo-Japanese resto. Some of the treats you wouldn’t want to miss include:


Mini Volcano (Saigosan Cali Rolls), Php 280.00


Gyoza Stuffed Fried Wings, Php 135.00/pc
Fried Chicken Ramen, Php 550.00
Truffle Wagyu Steak Macaroni, Php 685.00
Grilled Teriyaki Burger, Php 445.00


For the purists you can still enjoy these classic offerings:

Sashimi Platter, Php 655.00
Buta Kakuni Don, Php 375.00
Classic Gyoza, Php 225.00 (comes in Cheese flavor as well at Php 260.00)

Aside from these meals, Saigosan also has a wide variety of donburi, wings & tenders, and bunshidos (katsu and burgers). Wouldn’t you think they’d be the perfect meals after watching a movie? Wash them down with tall glasses of Suntory Highball, imported Japanese beers or even Gekkeikan sake. What’s more is that you can even bring your furbabies inside the restaurant. Japanophiles would definitely find themselves at home at Saigosan.

Saigosan. 3rd Floor, Uptown Mall, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City. It is open daily during mall hours from 10AM to 10PM. For inquiries or reservations, contact Saigosan at (0915) 812 6855 or email saigosan.bgc@gmail.com.

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