Inaka – 5 star Japanese Food.

Inaka is the first and the oldest Japanese restaurant in Bacolod.  It is owned by Martin’s childhood friend, Aljay De La Paz.

When we were little kids we would hang out at Inaka just for fun and to accompany aljay’s mom and we would be bored to death.  We would play with toothpicks for hours on end.

Sometimes Aljay’s mom would offer us sushi but we always declined.  As a kid, Martin thought sushi was disgusting!

Martin remembers his first taste of a california roll – and hating it because it had mangoes!

Recently, Martin had the opportunity to revisit Inaka because of a family reunion. He was pleased to see that the quality of the food had gone up along with several much needed renovations to the place.

Martin’s family rented out a large family room.  Martin was very pleased with the decor and table settings.  It was very pleasant and the room resembled a japanese house with a window looking out on a Zen garden and with faux white “paper” walls.

Appetizers were ordered.  California rolls! Yummy! Martin really loves sushi.  Inaka’s California rolls were nothing like Martin had ever tasted.  The orange crab eggs were so fresh that they actually were CRUNCHY.  Wow! The taste was incomparable!

The best part was Martin’s cousin Erika who was sitting beside him didn’t like sushi so Martin had nearly the entire plate to himself.

More and More food and relatives were coming so Martin had to quickly snap pictures of the food before they could complain about his shutterbug habit.

Beef misono!  Martin likes Inaka’s beef misono.  It’s not overdone and the beef is soft and perfectly seasoned.

Martin’s aunt ordered Tofu and like all other dishes, it was a wonderful one! The tofu is fried and the sauce covering it doesn’t overpower the Tofu’s basic, simple taste.  Instead it blends with the Tofu to create a new taste. It was simply awesome.


A lot of food was ordered and Martin couldn’t take pictures of all of them since there were too many relatives eating.  They had beef sukiyaki, bangus, Tempura, chahan rice and a sushi boat that was absolutely fantastic because it had unagi, sea urchin, and a sushi topped with red salmon eggs.  Wow!!

Martin’s two uncles smile after finishing their meal.

Inaka’s dessert was a fantastic mango icebox cake that Martin had never tasted the likes of.  It was sweet but not cloying and like all Inaka dishes it was subtle on the palate.  It was so good. Martin gobbled up his cake before remembering he had to take a picture!

Martin’s relatives.  WE love Inaka !!

Inaka is the first and definitely the best Japanese restaurant in Bacolod.

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20 Comments Add yours

  1. berry blue says:

    Inaka 5-Star? Puhlease. I don’t have anything against Inaka but to say it is worth 5 stars is a bit too much. For Japanese cuisine, I would only give it half a star. Even Kaisei doesn’t deserve a star. And personally, I think the best Japanese restaurant in Bacolod would have to be SHIAWASE on 2nd St. It’s a small place but the sashimi and sushi are top notch.

    You should go out more Banana-san.

    1. terensu says:

      hey.. where exactly is Shiawase? I wanna try it..

      1. they say its in marapara golf club.

  2. Shiawase is gone.
    😦

    what happned to your logo?

  3. sageandlemongrass says:

    nope… not shiawase… just wait… il write something about japanese restos in bacolod. 🙂

  4. sageandlemongrass says:

    and by the way… shiawase is not gone… it transfered to marapara golf club

  5. WOW! That is good news! Yay! Berryblue loves shiawase. We’ll go back there during vcation.
    Thanks sage and lemongrass!

  6. marcheline says:

    ive tried inaka and kaisei…but my favorite would still be shiawase. i also thought it was gone. where is marapara golf club? im not exactly from bcdive tried inaka and kaisei…but my favorite would still be shiawase. i also thought it was gone. where is marapara golf club? im not exactly from bcd

  7. garygrn says:

    I thought it was pretty good and nice portions compared to what you would get in Tokyo.

  8. curly says:

    i like inaka! i’ve tried shaiwase at marapara but i think they’ve deteriorated compared to before… i like the inaka waiters too who are friendlier 🙂

  9. Jim says:

    I think Inaka is great!! The food is good, the service is excellent, the prices are fair, and the place is clean and neat. We have eaten at Shiawase Restaurant at the Marapara Golf Club in the past. I think Inaka is a better choice today.

  10. catherine Caplinger says:

    Inaka is a nice place to eat. The food is very good and service is enjoyable as well. The prices are excellent. We lived in Japan for 9 years and I know that it is not far from the real thing. Just try it. You might be surprised:)

  11. bob whitton says:

    think i missed somthing ha ha where is this resto situated ????? bob

    1. Jim Custer says:

      Bob,

      Inaka is located at 21st. and Lacson Street. If you’re going North in Lacson it would be on your left. It’s close to where the old Gerry’s Restaurant was located. Inaka’s phone number is 434-4045. It’s a good place — you’ll have a good time.

      Eat well
      Jim Custer

  12. Our favorite place to eat in Bacolod. Great food! Great service!

    1. marlon says:

      youre stupid!

      1. Actually, I think “Marlon” is really BSC.

  13. Slim says:

    Hey Marlon,

    WTF are you?? You put up a post like this and it tells the world you’re not only stupid, but an uneducated, piece of human debris without class, manners, upbringing, breeding, or anything else.

    Want to know who’s stupid?? Go look in the mirror…assuming you have one in your squatter shack.

    Have a lousy life
    Talisay Slim

  14. monkey says:

    Hoy ang shiawase ara na sa bata!nag saylo2 pa cla dw mga into!anay nami 2 sa lacson ka hapos kd2an dd2 gd sa layo2!!

  15. Ms.Curious says:

    mga tagpila mn na da ang mga baligya man?

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