At Yakiniku San, P500 Gets You Unlimited Barbecue and Then Some
Fill up on unlimited katsu, yakisoba, and more!
G/F Robinsons Galleria, Ortigas, Quezon City
Open daily from 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. (last call for orders)
(SPOT.ph) With all the KBBQ joints that have sprung up all over the Metro, it’s safe to say that we’re no strangers to the joys of grilling barbecue. And if we can get our unlimited fill, then that’s even better. But here’s a thought: The next time you crave the smokey char of barbecued beef or pork, why not try something different and go for Japanese yakiniku instead?
Yakiniku San at Robinsons Galleria makes the decision easier, with their unlimited yakiniku offerings that go for P449 for lunch and P499 for dinner.
The difference between the two methods of grilling meat lies in its simplicity: While it’s common for Korean barbecue to be marinated in a variety of sauces before grilling, yakiniku is usually served plain, paired instead with different yakiniku sauces. At Yakiniku San, they sort of combine the two: You can have four different cuts of meat marinated in their Classic Yakiniku sauce, Spicy Yakiniku sauce, or plain. Or you can get all three kinds since you have all the time in the world to eat as much as you want.
Your choice of cut really depends on how much marbling you want on your meat. The Pork Belly crisps up nicely like bacon when left on the grill, while the Pork Shoulder provides more heft and bite. You can also go for the Beef Skirt or the Chicken.
But don’t fill up on the protein too much because Yakiniku San’s entire menu is unlimited—that includes appetizers, noodles, soup, rice, katsu, tempura, and maki.
Admittedly, ordering can get overwhelming as each section is made up of about five items, so it’s best to have a game plan. Skim the menu and check out what you feel you’ll most likely enjoy—or you can go with our recommendations.
For appetizers, go for the pillow-soft Agedashi Tofu or the refreshing bite of the Kyuri Tanuki, cucumber slices topped with tempura crumbs and mayo. It’s almost impossible to choose between the equally umami-rich Yakisoba or Yakiudon—it all really depends on whether you enjoy the slurp-ability of the soba or the tender bite of the udon.
From the maki selection, the Yakiniku San Maki is a must-try. You can’t help but expect a lot from the resto’s eponymous roll, and this one doesn’t disappoint. After all, savory yakiniku beef plus kani and cream cheese is a winning combo that’s tough to beat.
Make sure to leave space in your belly for unlimited ice cream from Big Scoop: Choose from Black Sesame, Matcha, or Vanilla. It’s almost impossible to sample everything on Yakiniku San’s menu, not because of their flavors but because of the sheer variety of options. We’re just taking that as an excuse to keep coming back—with that budget-friendly price, there’s really no reason not to.
Photos by Majoy Siason