YAKINIKU in the broadest sense means "grilled meat" in Japanese. Today, it is more known as a style of cooking bite-sized meat and vegetables on a grid-iron over flame of wood charcoals carbonized by dry distillation. Typically in a restaurant, you are served with just raw meat and vegetables which you cook yourself to the doneness you want. When cooked, you may dip the ingredients in sauces known as tare to give it more flavor. The most common sauce is made out of soy sauce combined with mirin, sake, sugar, garlic, fruit juice and sesame.
Yesterday, my palate craved for our usual Sunday routine in New York which was Yakiniku West so after hearing mass in Urdaneta, we headed to our favorite place here in Manila...Ryuen. It's our tried and tested yakiniku spot which we discovered through my husband's brother Joel. It's been almost 2 years since I last ate there and I have to say...it's good to be back!
Their trio of dipping sauces : sesame oil with white pepper, lemon juice and their special soy sauce creation
the condiments you can add to your dipping sauces
their house salad of shredded cabbage and sesame oil-based dressing - and what makes it more delightful is that it's FREE :)
Yukke Sashi - seasoned raw beef with raw egg (Php 280)
Tokusen Karubi - extra tender beef rib (Php 450) for the additional Php 120 this was really more tender than the regular karubi
Karubi - regular beef rib (Php 330). I was happily satisfied with the amount of fat this beef contained (your could see by the marbling on the meat) and its tenderness... although there was a slight resistance to it when you first bite a piece off. I would recommend this if you want good quality and reasonable price (in comparison with the Tokusen and Rosu)
Kimchi Tofu Nabe - spicy kimchi tofu hotpot (Php330) the spiciness of the broth was just right and undeniably soothing...it really cleared my throat!
Rosu - beef tender meat (Php 280) - since this was the least expensive beef it goes without saying that it was the least tender of the three. We actually ordered this just to be able to compare each one.
We savored each piece of meat we grilled and finished our bowls of sticky white Japanese rice with matching cold house tea. And just when we thought we couldn't take it anymore, we were lured into the Ministop near our place for their Php15 Hershey chocolate softserve ice cream. How could you go wrong with such a cheap treat?
This is why I love Sundays...it's family pig-out time!
Ground flr., Mile Long building
155 Amorsolo st. corner V.A. Rufino St.
Makati City, Philippines