Are you the type of person who gets excited just by hearing the words grilled meat? Trust us, you aren’t the only one. We Filipinos are really heavy meat eaters and it’s no surprise that grilled meat seems to be the craze this year. We bet that you’ve already tried lining up at a Korean barbecue restaurant despite the long AF cue.
But did you know that samgyupsal and other kinds of Korean barbecue aren’t your only options when the meat cravings hit? Japanese cuisine has its own version, the yakiniku, and you can find it here in the metro as well! So the next time you feel like splurging on some wagyu beef, here are five yakiniku restaurants you can head to!
Five years since it first reached Philippine shores, international yakitori chain Gyu-Kaku has been the go-to of foodies searching for quality meat, especially premium cuts of wagyu. For the wagyu, your choices of cuts include ribeye, kurubi (the oyster blade), and tenderloin (the priciest one if you’re up for splurging). On the other hand, non-wagyu beef options include Harami, Brisket, and Shabu Shabu Grill.
Is beef not your thing? Don’t worry! Buta Karubi (pork), chicken thigh fillets, lamb chops, and duck are also part of the menu. If seafood’s what you’re after, you’re in for a treat because Gyu-Kaku allows you to grill whole squids, scallops, salmon, oysters, and even large king prawns.
Prices can be pretty steep but we’re about to give you a pretty helpful tip. Are you ready? Thanks to our friends over at BigDish, you can score up to 30% discounts when you book using their app! Such a sweet deal! You can check out this promo by clicking here.
Gyu-Kaku can be found on the LG/F of the East Wing of Shangri-La Plaza, EDSA corner Shaw Boulevard, Mandaluyong.
2. Sigsaga Yakiniku Buffet
Do you think it’s possible to get the best of both Korean and Japanese eat-all-you-can barbecue for only ₱299 nett per head? No? Then it’s time we introduce you to Sigsaga Yakiniku Buffet!
The ₱299 buffet rate includes 10 Korean side dishes, the Japanese yakiniku, and even dessert and drinks. Sounds really value for money if you ask us!
In his looloo review, Auig P. calls Sigsaga a “must visit Korean-Japanese restaurant with good food that is worth the price.” Describing the staff as accommodating and the service as excellent, he says he’ll surely dine here again.
Sigsaga Yakiniku Buffet can be found at 31 Lalaine Bennett Street, BF Resort Village, Talon, Las Piñas.
Tajimaya is yet another yakiniku restaurant where you can enjoy high quality wagyu beef. Picking which cut to order can be easier said than done (they all look so mouthwatering!) so if you’ve got that extra dough to spend, why not go all out and opt for the Wagyu Sets!
The Premium Wagyu Set C is probably the most indulgent of these sets and includes the prime sirloin and the jou karubi, which are boneless short ribs in a mixed sauce.
If shelling out a lot of cash for limited wagyu is too much for you but you still want to maximize your Tajimaya experience, go for the eat-all-you-can option instead! Priced at ₱685/head on weekdays (Mondays to Thursdays) and ₱740 on weekends and holidays, it includes beef, pork, chicken, sausages, and shrimp!
In her looloo review, Chili G. has this tip for first-time Tajimaya diners: “You can choose what type(s) of meat you want to be served. Some don’t inform the server and they get served everything even if they don’t like all of it.” She also reminds everyone that the coals used for the grill are “almost white hot” so it won’t take long at all to cook the meat. Better watch them like a hawk or they’ll burn really fast!
Tajimaya can be found at these locations.
Urameshi-Ya’s wagyu beef cubes have become the stuff of legends in Little Tokyo. It gets a long queue of diners day in and day out but people are actually willing to wait for hours just to enjoy its daily unlimited yakiniku offering. But ICYDK, Urameshi-Ya left Little Tokyo and was gone for a short time. But don’t panic just yet! It merely changed its address and is now located inside the G&A Building in Magallanes!
And as you’ve already probably guessed and hoped for, the unlimited yakiniku promo makes its return as well! It’s available everyday from 11 am to 2 pm and 5 pm to 1 am. It’ll deal a ₱600/head (plus service charge!) damage to your wallet but we think it’s super worth it since it includes unlimited salad, soup, rice, dessert, and of course, the meat.
Just a heads up: the 45 minute time limit is still in place!
Urameshi-Ya can be found inside the G&A Building, 2303 Chino Roces Avenue Extension, Magallanes, Makati.
5. Yokohama Meat Kitchen
Yokohama Meat Kitchen was opened in Makati back in 2015 by the people behind Yakiniku Zenamin, a famous yakiniku restaurant in Japan (one of their restaurants is in Osaka!). It takes pride in its high quality meat, which includes different varieties of wagyu beef, chicken, pork, and sausages.
But if you’re up for a more adventurous experience, Yokohama Meat Kitchen also has some rather unusual stuff on its menu with dishes that highlight some innards. Among your options are the Yawaraka Harumon (soft pork intestines), Wagyu Tokujou Harami (beef diaphragm), and Liver Yaki.
Yokohama Meat Kitchen can be found on the G/F of 16 Jupiter Street, Bel-Air, Makati.