Watami Japanese Casual Restaurant

Foodies and lovers of Japanese grub will dig this godsend which has been packed with snaking queues since its inception. The reason is simple: the menu is extensive (there’s salads, tempura, kushiyaki, sushi, ramen, gratin, sukiyaki, steaks, pizzas, okonomiyaki and of course desserts), the food is yummy, and what’s more—it’s super affordable. Watami employs the “ishokuya” dining concept, which basically means dining amid a relaxed ambiance. True enough, the interior here is classy but simple, so you can better concentrate on the grub. Service will not disappoint either—staff members actually kneel down to serve you, so don’t choke on your ramen. Try the tasty Watami salad; the delectable potato mochi; the tender ika maru yaki (grilled squid), yummy crispy teba karaage (crispy chicken wings); and the robust ishiyaki bibimbap (rice in a stone pot). Round up your meal with a matcha azuki crepe ($3.80) and you’ll have had a very satisfying meal.