Two weeks ago, my friend and I went to Sandaya Yakiniku.
Sandaya Yakiniku prides itself with of course, Yakiniku. Yakiniku is a Japanese term for barbecue or grilling bite-sized meat.
I love grilling. My love for this started with Tempura, yup, the Japanese restaurant. They had this meat all you can which of course is my favorite. Next, it was all about Korean grill: K-Pub, Samgyupsalamat, Don Day Fresh, etc. I love meats! According to my friend, grilling is actually healthy as the fats get melted away. Plus, plus points.
As we dined in Sandaya, we availed of their Eat and Drink All You Can. We were hungry with all the traffic. What was included in their package? A plate of pork and beef strips, Japanese rice, Japanese hot tea, miso soup, bean sprouts as side dish. All these are refillable.
When they served the meat, I thought it was going to be the usual thin ones but no. The beef and pork strips were a bit thicker than the usual grills that we had. It was cut in such a way that you can easily bite it. I was already thinking I will be full. Meat plus rice? Mhmm. I know I shouldn’t have eaten it with rice because it is just going to make me full fast. But hey, I WAS HUNGRY. I had a long day that day. Grilling with some fun, hearty talk with a friend makes it all worth it.
Now, back to the grill. It has an exhaust on the sides that sucks the smoke immediately. Maybe, that was also the reason why we didn’t smell like grilled meat when we went home. Pro Tip: When cooking the meat, it should be around seconds to keep it tender.
Voila, after cooking we dipped it in their special sauce. The sweet soy sauce + chili is divine. It compliments the meat as it gave it bold flavors. It reminded me a bit of a Korean flavor. The spicy/chili sauce is not really that spicy. It won’t even hurt your tongue. Promise. I placed a lot on my sauce plate but na-dah!
The bean sprouts were cooked to perfection. It wasn’t malabsa. It’s al dente! I wasn’t able to had enough though since the meats took much more space in my tummy. The miso soup also tasted great! It’s tasty unlike other soups that are watered down. The Japanese rice was also perfect. I had a cup and a half. It was the perfect compliment to the meat. If you eat the meat all by itself, it is your choice. The rice balances the flavor and makes you full. Yum, yum.
Call me biased but besides the meat, I love their Japanese Tea. It’s rice tea. I am a fan! You can have it hot or iced. It cleanses your palate from the flavorful taste.
Customer service it not bad as well. They are offer to cook for you and quite attentive if you need a refill, yes, we asked for a refill but just a plate more. Since we are hands-on we were the ones who cooked our meal. They greet all the customers going in and out of the restaurant.
When it comes to price, it is a bit expensive. The meat all you can rate for dinner from Mondays to Fridays is at P595. If you dine in for lunch, the rate is P495. See their inclusions for the Eat and Drink All You Can.
All in all, I give it 4 out of 5.
Food – 5
Service – 5
Price – 4
Will I be going back? Oh yes! Definitely, I am currently daydreaming about it. Writing this makes me crave for it. I will be bringing my husband the next time around.
Sandaya Yakiniku is located at Level 3, Fisher Mall, Quezon Ave, Quezon City.