Yakiniku is Japanese for “grilled meat”. Beef, pork and offal (entrails, internal organs) slices are cooked over coal (traditional), gas or electric (modern) grill and served with a soy-sauce-based dip. Yakiniku traces its origins to Korea but is different from Korean fare such as bulgogi as the customers themselves grill the meat.
Lagal[og] said: I’m not an offal eater so I had to content myself with pork and beef. But the beef slices more than made up for this as they were very, very tender. When you bite into them, the juicy flavorfulness just reveals itself. The dip didn’t detract from the flavors of the grilled meat.
Ironwulf said: I go with you on the beef and pork. I don’t eat much entrails myself but I did try the Beef Tongue here and find it sapid as well. Some pieces have a slight rubbery feel (of course it’s a tongue) but it tenders once grilled. Add some splashes of lemon sauce and you’re into one citrus rich flavor meat. You’ll find out why it’s one of their bestsellers.
Lagal[og] said: The grilling takes awhile but is actually fun. After a while, the burnt fat on the grill can make the open room smoky but thank God for the powerful exhaust fans, we didn’t smell like Yakiniku on the way to a shoot. The service was very good, the attendants were very helpful as the menu is largely written in Nihongo.
Ironwulf said: If not for those exhaust, the room would be filled with customers choking from smoke. Aside from that, I actually liked the interiors here, it feels like I’m dining in an old restaurant in Japan. Tatami seats and dining areas divided by Shoji curtains. That book shelf filled with Japanese literature at the middle is a nice addition leading to the bar with a number of colorful liquor bottles. Speaking of service, the attendants will prepare the sauce and can even grill the meat for you.
Ironwulf said: Since the restaurant is inside a small corner of Little Tokyo, the restaurant can cross order from other restaurants. We wanted to try some desserts and they gave us servings of Kakigori. It’s a colorful dessert of shredded ice showered with colorful and sweet tasty fruit syrup. I was amused and enjoyed that dessert very much.
Lagal[og] said: I agree, Wulferdz. The Kakigori was a refreshing way to cap the all-meat meal. Light on the tummy, a treat for the eyes.
Lagal[og] said: The price is far from cheap but the quality of the food is very excellent. The mood is friendly and comfy. Definitely worth coming back to.
Ironwulf said: I second that it’s not that cheap. A meal can costs 900++ bucks per person and it’s cheaper if you share. A double meal is about 1500++ which is good to share for 2 to 3 persons. Yakiniku meal is best eaten in groups. Price is a bit steep but you are not only paying for the food here, but the authentic Japanese Yakiniku dining experience so it’s really worth a try.
Urameshi-ya Yakiniku Restaurant is located in Little Tokyo Makati • 2277 bet. Pasong Tamo and Amorsolo Street (beside Makati Cinema Square) Makati City, Metro Manila
Tel: (02) 819-5008