トン茶屋 (Tonchaya) was called とん (ton) because of the owners son Anton. Then looking at the last 2 Kanji characters 茶屋 (cha-ya) Derived from ちゃ【茶】 cha “tea” and や【屋】 ya “house; shop”, literally means Ton’s Tea shop or tea house. I do like the name of the shop even if Tonchaya is more known as a kitchen bar because it gave a homey and personal feel the place.
I like the menu as a whole because I guess it had the simple Japanese home cooking and it catered to the night life around the place too. It kind of reminded me of the really small shops around the sides of the train stations in Tokyo where you would come to after a long day of working. Where men would come to go out with their co workers and eat. Pretty appropriate for the location of the restaurant. They also do have a stall in Mercato where they serve Maki’s and even the favorite Bento’s. We were given practically everything on the menu for this bloggers event, and I was so surprised with the amount of food that we had.
I believe that the Mrs. Kojima (the mother of the girlfriend of Anton, the owner Mrs. Abads son) who made the menu was really smart because she was able to get the Filipino taste and add her personal touch of home made Japanese flavors into her food. It’s not what you’d call Japanese fine dining because fine dining would cost a lot around Manila because of their good ingredients. Here they would use simple ingredients that you could find in any Japanese grocery and make at home yourself. These are the basic Japanese food that you could find in any home. Every Japanese woman as all Japanese women know must know how to cook. My mom used to tell me that “A way to a mans heart is really through his stomach, unless I’m lucky and my future husband knows how to cook”
They have everything from Agemono, Yakimono, Curry, Ramen, basic Bento and even Sushi. It was really smart of them to only include the basic for every category. I would probably come back here to try their Bento. It was also nice to eat here because of the big servings of vegetables that came with some of the meals. Japanese as we all know love vegetables and lots of seafood, nothing much of fried food. So it made me feel as though I was just eating my moms cooking at home. I think that the only thing they could improve on is their service. We all know that Filipinos are very particular about good service and Japanese are well known for their exceptional service. To make the experience truly special, I think that the staff should be trained in such a way that they are always alert and should also know the menu very well. That way I think people would come back for more of their Japanese food, because I was quite satisfied with the food.
Recommendations: Okonomiyaki ( It was really good )
The Fort Strip, 28th Street, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City Facebook: Tonchaya Japanese Kitchen and Bar