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If you're not yet craving for sushi at the moment, we're willing to bet that you will be by the time you're done with this article. We're drooling just thinking about thick slices of juicy sashimi and fat rolls stuffed with tuna and kani. If you're in the mood for some satisfying Japanese, here are the best places where you can take care of those sushi cravings:

1) Izakaya Kikufuji

Little Tokyo, 2277 Chino Roces Avenue, Legaspi Village, Makati City

Why you should go here: This Little Tokyo favorite serves excellent sushi and sashimi that's worth every penny. If you're planning to visit, make sure you're early as it can get really crowded, especially during payday!

What to order: You can't go wrong with their sashimi. If you don't know what to get, try their assorted sashimi sets—San Ten Mori, Go Ten Mori, Nana Ten Mori, Kyu Ten Mori—which are as sulit as it gets.

2) Nihonbashi-Tei

1030 A Arnaiz Avenue Corner Ponce Street, San Lorenzo, Makati City

Why you should go here: Here's another popular Makati haunt that serves great sashimi and sushi at prices that won't break the bank. This place also gets packed easily, so you might have to wait if you're visiting for dinner.

What to order: Their salmon sashimi is practically legendary, and their maki consistently gets great reviews. Their gyoza's worth a try as well.

3) Haru Sushi Bar and Restaurant

21 West Capitol Drive, Kapitolyo, Pasig City

Why you should go here: In terms of ambiance, you can't beat Haru's kitschy, maximalist interiors. There are so many Japanese collectibles and kimono-dressed mannequins strewn about everywhere—it's like dining in a Japanese tita's house. We like that they have an al fresco area, as well as lots of secluded nooks that are perfect for dates or barkada dinners. Their food's really good, too.

What to order: Haru is owned by the same folks behind Cafe Juanita, so you can expect great food and top-notch service. Their tuna and salmon sashimi is as fresh as it gets, and their sushi and maki options are filling. Can't decide? Go for their Sashimi or Sushi Moriawase samplers so you'll be able to try their bestsellers in one go.

4) Minami Saki

Ground Floor, Astoria Plaza, 15 J. Escriva Drive, Ortigas, Pasig City

Why you should go here: If you're looking to splurge, you won't get disappointed by Minami Saki's modern Japanese fare. Its executive chef, Kimito Katagiri, has been cooking Japanese fare at various hotels for over three decades now, so you can expect nothing but amazing, beautifully plated dishes from his kitchen.

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What to order: At P850, the Aburi Sushi 5 Kinds seems expensive. But one bite, and you'll quickly consider ordering another round, maybe even two more. We'd describe it further, but don't want to spoil the surprise—you should go there and taste it for yourself!

5) Genki Sushi

BGC Stopover Pavillion, Rizal Drive Corner 31st Street, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City

Why you should go here: Two words: Sushi train! You'll get to order using an iPad, and your food will be served to you on a mini Shinkansen (bullet train). If you're dining with kids (or kids at heart), you'll have fun here.

What to order: Genki Sushi's menu is surprisingly extensive. Their bestsellers include the Seared Salmon with Black Pepper, Seared Kanikama with Pollock Roe, and their Shrimp Garlic Butter. Order their Tempura Spam and Tamago Roll for something different!

6) Ooma

Third Floor, Mega Fashion Hall, SM Megamall, Ortigas, Mandaluyong City

Why you should go here: Die-hard sushi eaters who are familiar with the Pinoy restaurant scene would probably have heard of Mecha Uma, Chef Bruce Ricketts' degustation restaurant in BGC. If you can't afford that yet, you can always head to Ooma, his more budget-friendly brainchild, for a taste of his cooking.

What to order: You'd be tempted to get everything on Ooma's modern fusion menu, but our top picks are the California Taco-Maki and the Scallop and Tuna Aburi Maki. Each order is surprisingly heavy, so you better go here with an ready tummy!

7) Seryna

Little Tokyo, 2277 Chino Roces Avenue, Legaspi Village, Makati City

Why you should go here: If you're craving for Japanese, you just can't go wrong with Little Tokyo's restaurants. Izakaya Kikufuji's neighbor, Seryna, gets crowded during lunchtime because of their sulit bento boxes, but their sushi selection's pretty amazing as well!

What to order: Aside from the usual salmon and tuna selections (which will meet all your expectations), their Uni Sashimi has also been getting lots of raves. If you want something extra indulgent, get the Oo-Toro, melt-in-your-mouth tuna belly sashimi you'll be dreaming about for several days. Totally worth the price tag, if you ask us.

8) Nobu

Level 1, South Tower, Nobu Hotel, City of Dreams Manila, Aseana Boulevard Corner Macapagal Avenue, Entertainment City, Parañaque City

Why you should go here: Nobu's one of those uber-fancy “isang puntahan lang” restaurants you'll only visit if you're celebrating an anniversary or a birthday, or if you've got a date you really want to impress. It's pricey, sure, but this restaurant's known worldwide for its amazing Japanese cuisine. And have we mentioned that it's co-owned by THE Robert De Niro?

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What to order: You can have their best sushi and sashimi by getting the Nobu Pacific Rim platter, or you can go all out with the multi-course Omakase. Either way, prepare to splurge.

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