We’re always in search of authenticity, whether it be genuine people, experiences, or relationships. But if you’re a discerning foodie with a penchant for the Japanese cuisine, what you’re probably after is authentic Japanese food.
And the good news is you don’t have to go all that far to get some! Without having to sit through the long plane ride to Japan, you can get the legitimate Japanese dining experience in this Japanese restaurant in Solaire.
It can’t get any more authentic than watching your sushi being assembled by the deft hands of experts or getting to savor fresh fish flown all the way from the Tokyo Fish Market!
Fish fresh from Tsukiji Market and talented Japanese chefs at Yakumi
If you think doing the groceries is hard, imagine what it would be like having to buy all of your cooking essentials all the way from Japan. Because that is exactly how Yakumi, Solaire’s fine-dining Japanese restaurant, stocks up their pantry!
Two times every week, they fly in seasonal fish directly from Tokyo’s famous Tsukiji Market. Along with the fresh catch, they import key ingredients like sushi rice, soy sauce, and dry goods from Japan too! As for their premium cuts of beef, some of them are Japan-sourced but most of them are brought in from USA and Australia.
But of course, amazing ingredients would be nothing without the magical touch of highly-skilled Japanese chefs. Heading Yakumi’s kitchen is Chef Norimasa Kosaka whose achievements will have you asking the question “What am I doing with my life?” Not only is he the Executive Chef, but he’s also a certified sake sommelier, a licensed fugu chef (he knows how to make the poisonous pufferfish safe for consumption), and a skilled kaiseki (a traditional multi-course Japanese dinner) chef.
Working alongside Chef Norimasa is Sous Chef Shinobu Endo, the master maker of sushi and sashimi at Yakumi. Also highly experienced in his craft, he has previously lent his talents to the world-renowned Nobu Tokyo restaurant in Japan.
Yakumi’s bestsellers: sushi, sashimi, robatayaki, and tempura
Every roll of rice and sliver of fish at Yakumi is a work of art. It took Chef Norimasa and Chef Shinobu long years of training and hard work in Japan to perfect the craft of sushi making and fish slicing and you’ll taste it in every mouthful.
From their sushi and sashimi selection, you can fill up on well-known options like tuna, salmon, ebi, and tamagoyaki. But if you want to surprise your taste buds with flavors that aren’t that familiar, order up plates of their sawara (mackerel), unagi (eel), ebi (prawn), and tobiko (flying fish). Don’t forget to add a chunk of freshly-grated wasabi to your soy sauce for a more explosive experience!
If raw fish isn’t up your alley, you can still get your share of quality seafood with their hot-off-the-grill, straight-to-your-plate robatayaki or charcoal-grilled fish. There’s the Unagi Kabayaki (grilled eel with teriyaki) or the Salmon Head grilled with salt. For something that’s not typically on the menu, go for their grilled fish of the day!
If you have space left on your table, add some crunchiness to the mix by getting yourself some tempura. Yakumi cooks theirs with special Japanese tempura flour which makes biting into them that much more satisfying. They have classic choices like the Ebi Tempura, Yasai tempura (vegetables), and Tempura Moriawase (assorted) but if you want to spoil yourself a little, go for the Golden Lobster Tempura!
Be there for Yakumi’s Saturday brunch for unlimited everything!
Sleeping in on the weekends is great but you’re going to want to get out of bed to catch brunch at Yakumi! Every Saturday, from 11:30AM to 2:30PM, customers get to ditch their typical humdrum breakfast / lunch for unlimited servings of authentic Japanese fare! Everything is cooked fresh to order right under your nose.
Aside from their sushi and sashimi, you should get your hands on their signature hand rolls too, which come in tuna, salmon, and chicken teriyaki variations. But they’re totally customizable so just let the chefs know what you’d like in your hand roll and consider it a done deal!
Another bestseller from their Saturday buffet selection is the beef teppanyaki. The teppan-grilled beef rib eye isn’t something you’d want to miss out on!
Yakumi’s brunch buffet rate starts at ₱2,688, inclusive of VAT.
Yakumi can be found at Solaire Resort and Casino, Aseana Ave., Entertainment City, Parañaque, Metro Manila.