Living in Las Piñas isn’t that exciting for a foodie like me – there just aren’t that many places to go for a good meal. I’d have to go to Alabang or BF Homes Parañaque for a decent place to eat out at, and that usually involves a GrabCar/Uber ride or a trip to the petrol station before sitting down to lunch or dinner. Jericho especially, is a huge ramen fan, and living in BF Resort, his biggest peeve is although there are a lot of Japanese restaurants in the area, there isn’t one that serves a decent bowl of ramen. That is, until we discovered Kaijo Steaks and Ramen along Gloria Diaz street!
We tried a lot of the dishes on the menu our first time there, and can attest to the fact that the food is consistent, and we were pretty happy with everything we ordered.
If a Japanese meal to you always starts with a few pieces of raw fish, Kaijo’s Salmon Sashimi (Php 240) will not disappoint. The fresh, thick pieces of pink fish are treated with the utmost respect from their chef who has been working in Japanese restaurants for over 20 years.
For vegetarians, give the Crazy Maki (Php 220) a go, makimono rolls filled with cucumber and kani sticks, topped with crispy tempura bits, Japanese mayo, and bright orange ebiko.
The Karaage Salad (Php 159) is just the thing for lunch on the go, with Japanese fried chicken strips on a bed of fresh lettuce, onions, cucumbers, and carrots, drizzled with Kaijo’s homemade Japanese vinaigrette, and finished with mildly salty, melt-in-your-mouth bonito flakes.
If you want to do away with the salad, you can always order the Karaage (Php 129) ala carte, deep fried chicken thighs marinated in Kaijo’s special sauce. Extra chahan, please!
Although the is popular for its steak and ramen, their other ala carte dishes shouldn’t be snubbed. Their Tonkatsu Cheese (Php 129) deep-fried breaded pork with a cheesey filling which is bang for your buck for a filling lunch or dinner main to pair with rice.
If you’re in the mood for something a little sweeter, there’s the Chicken Teriyaki (Php 129) – Japanese pan-fried chicken smothered with teriyaki sauce and a generous amount of vegetables. Again, value for money for a filling meal.
Living in BF Resort, I’ve had to hunker on over to BF Homes in Parañaque or Alabang for a satisfying bowl of ramen. Now, it’s just a tricycle ride away! There are a few choices to on the menu, but I gravitate to anything with heat – but don’t worry, they ask you which spice level you’re comfortable with, I just happen to like nuclear.
The Tantanmen (Php 229) is similar to the spicy thick broth with ground pork you can find in Molito, but Kaijo’s has a stronger peanut flavor to their broth; the Karubi Ramen (Php 249) is very unique to the restaurant, with it’s sweet and spicy broth reminiscent of a thick, soupy pares with tender beef cuts and veggies; and the Curry Ramen (Php 219) has a lingering spicy heat that stays in your mouth, with each spoonful of broth adding to the intensity, topped with melt-in-your-mouth chasu, a soft-boiled egg, and blanched pechay.
I honestly can’t pick a favorite, and I’ve been back a few more times to enjoy a few bowlfuls of each, as it seems to continually be pouring these past few weeks.
Another highlight at the restaurant are the ridiculously affordable steaks. Their Kaijo Yogan Wagyu (Php 389) is a decent-sized steak cooked on a lava rock and served with mashed potatoes. It is tender and flavorful, and can be served with their peppercorn sauce, but is also fine on its own. Upgrade Chahan Rice (Php 50) and pair it with a glass of Red Wine (Php 80) if you want to warm yourself up.
As I had mentioned previously, I’ve been back to the restaurant a couple of times, mainly for the ramen, gyoza, and steak (of course), and have left a satisfied, full customer every single time. I find it amazing to finally have a good ramen place open in BF Resort. The fact that they also serve good steak is the icing on the cake!
Kaijo Steaks & Ramen is located along 41 Gloria Diaz St., BF Resort Village, Talon Dos, Las Piñas and is open from Tuesday to Sunday from 11am to 2pm and 5pm to 10pm. For inquiries and reservations, please call +63 918 938 5929.