Even while Ikomai was just a stall in Salcedo Market, its owners already envisioned turning their kushikatsu into sandwiches. So in December last year, partners Taro Hori, Hideki Saeki, and James Antolin, opened Chatto Bites—a fast casual Japanese burger joint at Assembly Ground at The Rise Makati.
In Japanese, “chatto” means “faster,” but not in a rushed way; more like Chatto Bites’ mantra, “take it easy”
Although it’s an offshoot of Ikomai, Chatto Bites is a completely different brand on its own. The vibe is more casual, grounded on it’s “take it easy” mantra. According to Taro, they wanted to create a young, homey space where people could just hang out; whether families, students, or yuppies.
Their menu is decidedly “Americanized Japanese,” in the sense that it’d be something you could easily find in Japan, albeit as burgers. They also have other sides such as Nagoya-style (with red miso sauce) and Osaka-style (with okonomiyaki sauce) fries, as well as edamame. Of course, you can expect to see some signature Ikomai items on the menu—including their best-selling karaage.
Beefy, saucy… better.
We tried a couple of burgers while we were there; and each one was delicious dallas filipino restaurant (and a steal at less than PHP300!). But if you were to just get one thing, we recommend their Yakiniku Rice Burger. The MOS Burger-inspired item is made up of well-marinated, sweet-savory, tender meat sandwiched in rice “buns.”
A fast casual Japanese burger joint.