July 03, 2013
YAKITORI ONE specializes in Yakitori which is skewered grilled meat usually chicken, with a signature Tare (teriyaki-style) glaze. It's like chicken barbecue on a stick.
They recently opened their first store at SM Aura Premier. This is owned by the same restaurateur couple of Jeroen and lifestyle blogger Cecile of Chuvaness.com that brought the Pepper Lunch franchise to Manila.
We ordered all the yakitori sticks and the side dishes, and here are our favorites:
Yakitori ONE is conveniently located at the food court on the 4th floor Cinema Level specially if you are looking for a quick yummy meal before watching a movie. You can't miss it beside Pepper Lunch.
We ordered 1 of each stick to try them all with the soup. Most of the sticks are priced at P45-P50 except for the chicken wings at P90/stick. As a rule- of - thumb, order 2-3 sticks per person.
We love this chicken soup with roasted sesame flavors, and flavorful pieces of mushroom :)
The miso soup was ordinary, better to order the Shouga.
The ponzu sauce was a bit salty but we liked the Goma Mayo which was sesame flavored and goes well with the teriyaki flavors.
This was really good -- Japanese rice with teriyaki sauce topped with sliced seaweeds and pickled ginger. The boys loved it and it completes your yakitori meal :)
You can order your chicken with Onion Leek, Bell Pepper or Garlic pieces in between.
I like the garlic better, then the onion leeks.
If you want to try out something new, try the quail eggs wrap in pork. It was just OK, and the pork they used is like bacon with lots of fat.
The chicken skin was chewy and a bit tough. I was expecting it to be crunchy.
The chicken wings are a bit expensive, hard to eat, and there's a lot of bones instead of meat.
I love their karaage pieces specially when dipped with the goma mayo. The boys loved this :)
They also have a Pork BBQ version called Pork Butabara which is just OK with lots of fats. Instead of quail egg, you can also order asparagus wrapped in pork.
The best for us are the Chicken Balls and the big chunks of Chicken Thigh. Order a stick of garlic to complete the feast.
We like YakitoriONE's tare glaze sauce which has a balanced sweet and soy taste, and good consistency. It's good that the yakitori's are cooked on the spot.
For us, we like Chicken Balls (P45), Chicken Thigh (P50) with Garlic Stick (P20), Yakitori Rice (P48), Shuga soup (P30) and extra goma mayo. Budget less than P200 for a yummy yakitori meal :)
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