Authentic Yakiniku at Urashemi-ya Restaurant

Yakiniku, grilling meat, Japanese Style
Yakiniku, grilling meat, Japanese-Style

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.

Vegetable and Corn salad as appetizers
Vegetable and Corn Salad as appetizer

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.

The grill and the ingredients
The grill and the ingredients

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.

Dining Japanese Style
Dining Japanese-Style

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.

Book Shelf
Book shelf filled with Japanese reading

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.

Japanese Kakigori, a colorful and sweet dessert
Japanese Kakigori dessert

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.

Urashemi-ya Attendants Welcome
Urashemi-ya attendants welcome their guests


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

13 responses to “Authentic Yakiniku at Urashemi-ya Restaurant”

  1. I love the ambience. It looks like a good date place. The food looks tempting, altho’ the salad appears like its drowning in dressing?? I like my salad with minimum of dressing. Nice endeavors you guys. Keep this up. Who knows you might get a tv show out of this.

  2. At first kung pictures lang titignan mo maiisip mo na hindi sa pilipinas itong place, looks cozy and foreign. I like the grilling style…juicy and tasty kainin ang food. Buti nasa makati lang ito 🙂

  3. hey ferdz! If it weren’t for the last picture and the address of the resto, I also would have thought this was in some sidestreet in Japan (baka on assignment ka na naman). Hehehe!

    I always pass by Little Tokyo as my office is in the area but I’ve never had the chance to try any of the restaurants there. Will go one of these days! 🙂

  4. I wonder if you guys have time to enjoy the food while taking pictures… 😉

    The interior looks indeed completely foreign…except for the attendants.

  5. Haha! Thanks Photo Cache! There’s still a lot of features lined up after this. I don’t know about the TV yet. Hehe.

    Long time no hear Cheh. Glad to see you here. Am doing great!

    You’re right Millie! In that hidden nook. It feels like I’m not in the country as well.

    Hello Bunny! Kamusta? Nice to see you here. Try to explore that block. Daming sarap kainan dyan.

    Ei Eric.parang kilala ko yang asa avatar ah. Hehe. Anyways, been writing about food din naman from may blog before, am just placing them here to be more focused.

    Hehe. We make sure we shoot fast then eat Sidney. hehe.

    Thanks Erick! Join ka minsan.

  6. photocache, i don’t like my salad drenched either but i was surprised at how light the dressing was. so simot yung salad.

    millie, this corner is really a looks-like-it’s-not-in-the-philippines.

    sidney, we try our best not to wolf down the food before we can shoot it :))

    erick, thanks bro. matagal din namin pinaghandaan ito and i guess the added bodyweight is proof 🙂

    tina, salamat. it really is very good food to crave for.

    bai allan, until we can visit japan, i guess this will have to do 😀

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