OHAYO Maki and Ramen Bar

I first met this young entrepreneur sometime in October at Cibo in Shangrila Mall. He was with his pretty girlfriend.

He mentioned that he has a Japanese restaurant in Santolan. Sabi ko “Oh dapat pala dun tayo nagmeeting. Next time”. I promised to eat there with my daughter.

After three weeks, I happened to have a meeting in San Juan and since I haven’t had lunch I thought it would be nice if I dine at Ohayo instead of going to Greenhills to look for a place to eat. Ohayo is conveniently located along Ortigas Avenue corner Santolan.

Ohayo Maki and Ramen Bar

I have to admit that my expectation was low. Alam mo na, young guy, first resto venture nya, siguro marami pang birth pains.

Immediately after I stepped-in, wow meron syang dating. It’s nice, presentable, it has character.
Ohayo Restaurant  accent wall

The vibe is casual dining similar to the ramen places we’ve been to in Tokyo.

There’s a bar on both ground and mezzanine floors. You can have ramen or sushi or maki at the bar.
Ohayo maki and ramen bar,  ground floor

There’s one booth-style dining table on the mezzanine for more serious or private dining.
Ohayo Japansese restaurant table

I ordered a few things to try, Gyoza, Tempura, and Kani mango salad.

Ohayo menu list

Since their name says ramen bar, I guess their specialty is ramen.
Ohayo ramen menu list

Kani salad came first and I was impressed with the plating and its large serving. Ito pa lang sold na ako. This could be shared between two people.

And it tasted good. I haven’t even finished my salad and I already told myself I would come back here and order this again.
Ohayo,  kani salad

I ordered three pieces of tempura shrimp not because I was still hungry but I wanted to see if their version tasted decent. Masarap din. A place claiming to be a Japanese restaurant must have great tasting tempura.

Ohayo, shrimp  temnpura

The salad and tempura were enough to fill my stomach so I just took the gyoza home for Oyen. She loves gyoza.
Ohayo gyoza

When they handed me over the food bill medyo nagulat ako ang mura naman eh ang dami kong inorder. Yun pala the staff messaged the owner that I was there so he extended a whooping 50% off discount. I didn’t want to pay. I instructed the cashier and the food server to change this and remove the discount altogether.
They were hesitant to disobey their master. They only budged when I told them I will not pay and instead I will walk out and go home without paying them a single centavo.
Ohayo receipt

With a lot of hesitation they removed the discount. A discount is most appreciated but 50% takes away a big chunk of their receipts and since I dined here to show my support and patronage I didn’t want to be given a super big discount. Mahihiya akong bumalik.
Ohayo Ramen Bar food bill

I went back after about a month to have a meeting with Richard. We stayed on the mezzanine.

Richard is expanding his restaurant concepts. He will have an extension with regular dining chairs, not a bar concept to accommodate family groups.
He is also planning to open another restaurant next year. He asked me if I also want to open a restaurant. Naku, there are hundreds of restaurants around and still people keep on opening new ones. Who’s going to eat in those restaurants if all of us would open our own. Kailangan nila ng customers. Ako na lang ang customer, ako ang tiga kain.

Our two meetings had nothing to do with his restaurants. Richard Legada is running for councilor in their hometown some two hours away from Bacolod City while his dad, who served as a lawyer under then president Joseph Estrada, is running for vice mayor.


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  1. this is very near to where I used to live before getting married. i always wanted to try their food but the place looked posh and expensive. now at least we have an idea that it’s not 🙂 thank you for the feature ms. Annie 🙂 and kudos for supporting businesses (and rejecting the discount — few, if not no one would do so) such as this!

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