Koku Japanese Restaurant Review

Wednesday, 21 November 2018

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Koku is a name that may not immediately ring a bell even among many Makati restaurant habitués. But for those who have already discovered this little Japanese restaurant along Valero Street in Salcedo Village, Makati City, Koku is a name that is synonymous to first rate Japanese food. A testament to that is Koku’s numerous five star ratings in popular food and restaurant directory, Zomato.


Khris and I discovered Koku during one of our random walks before going home. It was at the ground floor of Two Central Building. Like most first-time diners, we had no idea what Koku offered but after a quick scan of its menu, it immediately became apparent to us what the restaurant was all about. Koku had a lot of good selections in its menu that are not available in most Japanese restaurants. Take for example its Sushi Pizza choices.

Koku’s Sashimi, Sushi, and Maki choices are also not commonly seen in other similar restaurants’ menu like Tuna Poke, Uni Aburi, Saba, and Katana Maki, just to name a few. 

We have tried Koku’s Katsudon, Wagyu Teppanyaki, and Salmon and Cream Cheese Maki. Katsudon (Php248) is breaded crispy pork cutlet that is served on top of rice. The pork had the right thickness of coating, providing just the suitable hint of crunch and flavor to the meat. The pork, meanwhile, remained tender and juicy making each bite enjoyable. Its sauce was not overpowering, it enhanced the taste of the meat and provided it a little more succulence. 

It was also our first-time to taste Salmon and Cream Cheese Maki (Php278). It was salmon, cucumber, and cream cheese wrapped in sushi rice. This one had flavors that are in full harmony. The salmon and cream cheese perfectly complemented each other while the cucumber added texture. Each bite was a mélange of tastes. We also plan to try the Crispy Salmon Skin Maki on another visit. 

Among all the dishes that we tried at Koku, probably the most unforgettable was the Wagyu Teppanyaki (Php548). It was cubed Japanese beef that was served with grilled vegetables and sauce. The wagyu was really tender and juicy; no force was needed in chewing the meat. This is one dish that we can eat over and over again and not grow tired of it. 

Considering its price and servings, we would say it’s one of the more affordable wagyu beef offered in other restaurants today. We have been to Koku on two occasions; both times our experience was consistently pleasant because of the noteworthy service and food. Price is also affordable so it’s not too hard on the budget if you want to indulge on your favorite Japanese dishes. Koku has only one branch and it is located at Ground Floor, Two Central Building, Valero Street, Salcedo Village, Makati City. 

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Koku Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato 

*On the cover is Wagyu Teppanyaki. I lost the rest of the food photos from Koku that is why this post only has one photo.
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  1. I love Japanese food! I'll check this out soon :) Thanks for sharing!

  2. You should, but they have only one branch. Thank you!

  3. blair villanueva14 January 2019 at 02:14

    I often visit Salcedo area but haven't notice this restaurant. Will visit it this weekend and will order your recommendation.

  4. That's because it's partially hidden. Do try their food, it's really good.

  5. It's great that you discovered this! I've been craving for Japanese food. I'll definitely go here when I'm in the area.

  6. Must-try! It's one of our favorites.

  7. There are plenty of hole-in-the-wall food in Makati, I heard and I guess this is one of them. I should try it soon! Do they have parking space?

  8. I like how that Wagyu Teppanyaki looks. It looks so filling and satisfying. Sometimes Japanese dishes are served with so little meat (less than I anticipate) and I feel ''bitin'' every time.

  9. I love Japanese food but it's too far from me. I'll definitely try it pag naligaw ako don hehe..

  10. Medyo malayo nga sya. At tago pa. Haha. Thank you.

  11. Yup, servings here are nice. Thank you.

  12. Try it soon. Parking is at the Two Central Building.

  13. We love Japanese dishes and we will try this soon