This Japanese restaurant in Poblacion deserves your attention: bike-friendly, good food and awesome staff.

Tetsuo in Makati opened last February, a month before Metro Manila was put on lockdown. Co-owner Wesley Chan told us that business is not good since the quarantine period but they are trying to get by. He added that even their Katipunan branch is not doing well.

The restaurant in Makati has a spacious veranda where you can park your bike. A bicycle of Tetsuo’s staff was there when we arrived.

“My two business partners like bicycles that’s why we allow bikers to park outside,” Wesley said. “Those two used to bring their bikes inside our Katipunan store and naging attraction iyon.”

Tetsuo began as a concept in 2015 which eventually became a physical store in Ateneo de Manila University. They opened their Katipunan restaurant two years ago.

We ordered their bestsellers: fried chicken meal and karaage with birthday noodles. The chicken is crispy and juicy, the spicyness is just right for our pallete (we prefer the mild flavor). We liked the birthday noodles too: it’s flat noodles with the taste of garlic and asian chili.

“Pang-birthday talaga siya,” said one of the customers who’ll celebrate his birthday tomorrow.

While we were eating, one biker arrived and casually went to the veranda to park his bicycle.

“You’re back,” Wesley said. The biker seemed to be a regular customer.

The biker replied, “makiki-online class ako ha.”

“30 pesos per hour,” Wesley joked and a burst of laughter inside the store followed.

Tetsuo is in Kalayaan Avenue corner Matilde Street in Makati. Call them for your orders: 0916 487 6559

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