Review: Why I Love Going Back to Ginza Bairin

I love Japanese food ever since I can remember. There’s something about sushi and tempura (even if I’m allergic to shrimps, boo!) that makes me giddy and happy like a five-year old. Sadly, I haven’t been to Japan nor did I ever step my foot on the Japanese town somewhere in Makati so I will have to settle with Japanese restaurants in Quezon City.

Then I found Ginza Bairin. Ginza Bairin 4

I’m pretty sure the restaurant gets a lot of comparisons with Yabu because of almost the same food concept. Both are from Japan too so you can expect the same food on the menu. Though if you ask me, I still prefer Ginza Bairin.

The first time I came across this restaurant was through my friends. They posted pics on Instagram, which made me really curious since the food looks yummy. I don’t have the patience to fall in line and wait for my turn in Yabu so I’m looking for same restaurant, same food but with a different and cozier vibe. I was asking my husband if we can try it out but since they don’t have a branch in QC yet, we might as well postpone. Then answered prayer. Ginza Bairin opened in Trinoma so during our August date night, we decided to give it a try.

And yes, we really love the food. I ordered the Rosu Katsu Set (P345.00 for the regular, P395.00 for large) while my husband ordered the Kurobuta Rosu Katsu Set (P595.00). Aside from the usual rice-ulam combo, the set also comes with Miso soup, veggies (which I loved when combined with Roasted Sesame dressing) and fruits. Yes, its refill all you want!

Rosu Katsu Set - Moist flavorful loin
Rosu Katsu Set – Moist flavorful loin

While waiting for our food, we were also given sesame seeds, which will be mixed with their special sauce. I have to be honest, for me, their sauces tastes so much better too. Ginza Bairin 5

Of course, our meal will never be complete without dessert so we ordered their Ice Cream Trio (P235.00) It includes Vanilla, Green Tea (my personal favorite) and Black Sesame.

Ice Cream Trio
Ice Cream Trio

Some trivia: According to the waiter, Ginza Bairin was the first and original Katsu and considered the Number One Donburi in Japan. It so happened that Yabu went here first and became more popular so GB is still trying to penetrate the market.

Anyway, I went back two days ago. I was doing my Christmas shopping and since it’s past lunch time, I decided to just eat in the mall. So I went back to Ginza Bairin. It looks odd eating alone but so what? GB is one of my favorite restaurants and I’m happy like a kid so I don’t really care about those stares. Lol!

Instead of going for the usual GB sets, I tried out their Mixed Sets for some variety. Since I was eating alone and with no one to ask if I can try it out, I figured the Mixed Sets deserve a spotlight this time. So, I went for Mixed Set A with rosu, hire and prawn (P425.00). Of course, it still has the Miso soup, veggies and fruits.

Mixed Set A
Mixed Set A

That feeling when I first tried Ginza Bairin was still the same. And yes, I really, really love the food.

Aside from the food, I also love the interiors. Ginza Bairin gives that home-y, comfortable feel, as if I’m eating at the comfort of my home – with people serving me. Lol! I also love the interiors because it’s so simple yet it blends well with the concept of the restaurant. Plus, nothing to fancy decors. Oh, and I love the purple chairs too 🙂 Ginza Bairin 6

Ginza Bairin is located at UP Town Center, Glorietta 2 and Trinoma


  1. Renz

    December 16, 2014 at 3:10 am

    Looks yum! We love Japanese cuisine too… I’m sure my sister in law has been to this place cuz it’s near her school.

  2. mamaspeaks

    December 16, 2014 at 3:54 am

    Love Japanese cuisine too, but haven’t been to this restaurant. Will remember to drop by sometime. The trio ice cream looks so good btw.

    1. Ayi

      December 16, 2014 at 4:18 am

      The ice cream tastes really good :0 Though among the three, green tea is highly recommended 🙂 But when you mix them together, masarap pala 🙂

  3. Michelle Solee (@michisolee)

    December 16, 2014 at 8:17 am

    First time to hear about this restaurant, checking the price and set up, di nalalayo sa Yabu. 🙂 I hope I could also try this since you mentioned this is number one in Japan.

    1. Ayi

      December 16, 2014 at 8:19 am

      Yes, naco-compare sila sa Yabu. But Ginza Bairin talaga nauna in Japan and mas popular (daw). Yabu came here first kaya more people are inclined to it than GB 🙂 You should try it! I really recommend Ginza Bairin kasi hindi overrated 🙂

  4. Mrs. Kolca

    December 16, 2014 at 9:10 am

    I am not really into Japanese food. But a bowl of ramen on a cool and rainy day would be perfect! 😀

    1. Ayi

      December 16, 2014 at 9:36 am

      I think they have it too. I just didn’t order one since I’m not really into ramen :))

  5. Rina B. De Alban

    December 16, 2014 at 3:15 pm

    I was so hoping you’d have a review of the ramen, ha ha! Guess I’d have to try it for myself. Thanks for the resto tip!

    1. Ayi

      December 17, 2014 at 10:56 am

      I’m not into ramen kaya I’m not ordering it. Hehehe. But I’m sure it tastes good too 🙂

  6. theflowerduet

    December 16, 2014 at 7:42 pm

    The ice cream looks so yummy, but I love the Mixed set A 😉

  7. Marie

    December 17, 2014 at 1:03 am

    Those dishes look so scrumptious, hoping that I may also get the chance to taste their cuisine.

  8. tweenselmom

    December 17, 2014 at 8:44 am

    We are frequent visitors of UP Town Center. I’ll take note of this resto on our next visit 🙂

    1. Ayi

      December 17, 2014 at 10:57 am

      You should try it too. Okay ang food talaga 🙂

  9. Edel San

    December 17, 2014 at 3:57 pm

    we love Japanese food also except that I prefer ramen, hubby likes anything sashimi, and daughter loves katsu 🙂

  10. Kim @ Mom On Duty

    December 18, 2014 at 4:55 am

    I’ve never been to this restaurant before, but would love to give it a try! I, too, am a lover of tempura and tonkatsu so as long as there are any new ones I can try, I will definitely try. 😀

  11. Chinky Magtibay (@chinkymagtibay)

    December 19, 2014 at 8:33 am

    Just like you, I love Japanese food! If I had to choose only 1 type of cuisine that I can eat everyday, I would definitely choose Japanese food! 🙂

  12. Josephine of My Simple Joys

    December 19, 2014 at 11:15 pm

    I haven’t tried this resto yet, but hopefully, I can dine in it soon. 🙂

  13. yvonnembertoldo

    December 22, 2014 at 9:49 am

    After seeing your comment on my Yabu post regarding Ginza Bairin, I got curious. I’ve become more interested when I saw it last week when I visited Trinoma. I’ll definitely check this out the next time I’ll be at Trinoma 🙂

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