By REYANNE LOUISSE AMPONG
IT SEEMS that with a limited budget, it is difficult to dine at a restaurant which offers premier Japanese cuisine, but Hokusai surprises Japanese food lovers with their delectable yet affordable menu. Hokusai is often overlooked, with the number of food stalls located at P. Noval street, but it is surely a great find. The place is somewhat similar to traditional Japanese restaurants because of its compact space and minimal design.
Their appetizing menu makes up for the restaurant’s muted décor. Hokusai’s best-sellers, Tonkotsu Ramen and Rockin’ Roll is a great pair that will make one’s Japanese cravings satiated. Tonkotsu Ramen is a hearty combination of soup–pork and soy sauce broth-–and ramen noodles topped with a generous slice of pork, greens, and a soft-boiled egg. The ramen will surely lighten up someone feeling blue.
An all-time favorite is the Rockin’ Roll. The Ebi tempura makes the sushi roll crispy both on the inside and outside. The playful clash of savory, sweet, and sour flavors is a lovely quick-fix for Japanese snacks.
Alex Horfilla, co-owner of the restaurant, said that Hokusai was born out of his passion for everything Japan—from the country’s culture down to its people. He added that the name “Hokusai” was inspired by Katsushika Hokusai, a renowned Japanese artist.
The restaurant does a great job at introducing their customers to Japanese culture. They also offer dishes which are a fusion of Japanese and Filipino, making it not intimidating for the newcomers. Hokusai is perfect for those who love Japanese food and for those who want to try it. The meals which come at an affordable price are a bonus, too. F