Food and Restaurants

Aozora Japanese Restaurant: A Must Try Japanese Restaurant in Tagaytay City

After a long day of exploring the nearby cities at the south, we found ourselves running through the rain in a cold evening towards a Japanese restaurant in Tagaytay City to satisfy our cravings. Aozora Japanese Cafe + Bistro got us more than satisfied. To go in details, here’s an honest review of Aozora Japanese Restaurant.

The Place

It was pretty warm and it made us mindless of the rain outside. The moment we got in, that’s when I noticed how minimal their interior is. It has a rustic atmosphere. There are no extravagant Oriental wallpapers, murals nor the usual Japanese restaurant store banners but a few Japanese warrior dolls are on display. They have quite an area for the customers as they also have dining areas outside the main building. We were stayed at the dining area at the loft which can hold up to fifteen persons all at once. It was also mentioned that customers can enjoy dining at the roof deck under the canopy of either the blue skies and clouds or the stars on days with good weather. The roof deck also promises a breath taking view of the Taal lake and the volcano itself. Aozora (a  Japanese term meaning Blue Sky) is indeed not Aozora for nothing.

The Food

We started the dinner with the appetizing Aozora Salad (Php 330.00). It is made of mixed green salad topped with fresh and crispy strips of kani or crabsticks. It may come with either wasabi mayo or sesame dressing. The salad serving is good for two to three persons.
Always the star of the Japanese dinner for me, our Dragon Maki was laid next on our table. At the core is an ebi tempura wrapped within the special Japanese rice, dripped with Japanese mayonnaise and sprinkled with sea trout caviar and strips of sea weed (I suppose). 
The Dragon Maki. Will truly never get enough of it! Love it in all sides!
With our stomachs fully in the mood for some more Japanese goodness, we started then with the seafood teriyaki. It has everyone’s favorite seafood caught in a plate bathing in sweet teriyaki sauce. On its side lay sauteed vegetables which perfectly matched with the Aozora Fried Rice.  
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We also had ramen to warm up the cold and rainy evening. We were served with two kinds: the Spicy Curry Ramen (Php 350.00) and the Traditional Ramen (Php 350.00). The thing about their Aozora’s Ramen is that it has a local touch of the town. Since Tagaytay City is known for Bulalo, their ramen are made to be bulalo-inspired.

I personally love the Spicy Curry Ramen. Who would’ve thought how perfect would the spicy taste of the curry be when matched with the ramen? It has chunks of tender beef  in it. The soup itself and the spicy curry taste made the night warm for us.

There’s actually more to try in the menu but these got us so full. They got Appetizers with the Tofu Steak as what the Chef highly recommends, Salad, Sahimi, Sushi, Maki, Grilled and Fried stuff, Rice meals, Ramen, Yakitori, Donburi, Sake, Tea, Shakes and Deserts. These are prepared by their very own Japanese Chef who prepare authentic and organic Japanese food to the customers.

Branches and Contact Details

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There are three Aozora Japanese Restaurants in Tagaytay City. Their locations and contact details are as follows:

209 SVD Road cor. Tagaytay Main Road, Tolentino West, Tagaytay
This is located across Country Suites, in front of Eco Containers Hotel
Contact number: +63 936 980 9656

Purok 157, Tagaytay-Calamba Main Road, Sungay East, Tagaytay City
This is situated in front of Southride Village
Contact number: +63 977 683 7353

The Country Club at Tagaytay Highlands
Contact number: +63 975 048 5157

The first two locations are accessible via tricycle from Olivarez plaza. Hail for a yellow tricycle (bokyo) from the plaza and just tell the driver to drop drop you off Aozora mentioning the landmarks. Fare is more or less Php 25.00 per ride. These are all open from 9:00 AM to 10:00 PM.

My first visit will definitely not be the last! I would want to try more of it as I loved the ones I have already tried. How about you, would you give this a try to shall you visit Tagaytay City?

Anne Elizabeth Gumiran, also known as Queenie, is a 20-something, full-time public school teacher, a part-time travel blogger and a freediver. She started putting her stories of adventures and misadventures into words and pictures in 2017 and continues to do so as she shares her advocacy, Sustainable Traveling.

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