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8 Must-Try Yakiniku Spots
Around the Metro
By Therese Aseoche
What first comes to mind when you think of Japanese cuisine? It must be the fresh flavors of sushi or comforting bowls of ramen. But you never would have truly enjoyed the authentic tastes of Japanese food when you haven’t tried yakiniku.
Yakiniku, or “grilled meat”, is a must-experience when you’re in Japan especially when you’re a meat lover. It’s great for groups of friends who want to bond over food, but there’s never any shame to indulge in it on your own.
But while you haven’t hopped on the next plane to the Land of the Rising Sun just to have yakiniku, check out these must-visit spots around the Metro to have your grilled meat fix!
Dona Concepcion Building, 1020 Arnaiz Avenue, San Lorenzo, Makati City
Open every day from 11:30 A.M. to 10:30 P.M.
(+632) 844 44 89, (+632) 844 44 27
Cost for two: PHP 850
Don’t let first impressions fool you when visiting Yakiniku Sakura; once you enter this old-looking, traditional Japanese barbeque joint, you’ll be treated to nothing less than delicious and satisfying meats you won’t need to break the bank for. They’ve been around the same spot for years yet the juicy, premium taste has never changed. Must-tries include the Sakura Original Karubi and the US Prime Rib Karubi to truly get a taste of authentic Japanese yakiniku.
Level 2, East Wing, Shangri-La Plaza, Ortigas, Mandaluyong City
Open Sunday to Thursday from 11 A.M. to 9 P.M., Friday to Saturday from 10 A.M. to 10 P.M.
(+632) 631 72 43 | Facebook, Instagram
Cost for two: PHP 1,200
When you think of yakiniku here in Manila, the first thing that should pop into your mind is the world’s No. 1 Japanese BBQ Yakiniku brand since 1996 — Gyu-Kaku! Located inside EDSA Shangri-La Plaza mall, you can tell that it’s not for those who are trying to scrimp and save on food expenses. So if you’re up to splurge and face long lines, Gyu-Kaku is the place to have the best yakiniku in the Metro.
Treat yourself to Wagyu Karubi, Harami, Brisket, Beef Tongue, and Ishiyaki Bibimbap.
You may not have heard about Tajimaya but it is one yakiniku restaurant that’s well-loved by those who frequent the place — families, couples and barkadas who want to enjoy Japanese barbeque but don’t want to break the bank for it. For just PHP 599+, you’ll get your money’s worth with an unli-grill buffet (daily for the MOA and Alabang branch, weekdays for the Rockwell branch) featuring a large variety of delicious meats, fresh side dishes, and speedy service.
Our tip for first-timers: try to taste all the meats so you’ll be able to identify your favorites the next time you visit!
While Sandaya Yakiniku’s Makati branch is still in the process of finding a new home to serve its loyal Makati-based customers, you can have your fix at Fisher Mall in Quezon City. The restaurant offers an Eat All You Can promo that start at PHP 588+. You won’t find a wide variety of meats there, but for its affordable price, the meats are pretty flavorful and filling. It’s one of the best places to bring your barkada to just to satisfy your hunger.