Monday, December 19, 2011

Yurakuen : Teppanyaki at its finest

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Yurakuen : Manila Diamond Hotel's Teppanyaki Gem

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In Manila, only quite a few places in the metro serve fresh cooked Teppanyaki treats and the best is found here at Manila Diamond Hotel's Yurakuen.

Teppanyaki (鉄板焼き teppan-yaki) is a style of Japanese cuisine that uses an iron griddle to cook food. The word teppanyaki is derived from teppan (鉄板), which means iron plate, and yaki (焼き), which means grilled, broiled or pan-fried. In Japan, teppanyaki refers to dishes cooked using an iron plate, including steak, shrimp, okonomiyaki, yakisoba, and monjayaki.

Modern teppanyaki grills are typically propane-heated flat surface grills, and are widely used to cook food in front of guests at restaurants.

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Upon setting foot at Yurakuen, you feel like you have been transported to Tokyo, with all the Japanese designs, architecture and of course servers in full Japanese Kimono costume, seems like we are indeed in for a Japanese treat! 

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A Teppanyaki Eat-all-you-can buffet treat
inclusive of free flow standard drinks, local beers and even Kirin Beer
P1970 ++ is around P2,500 per person

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Now you may ask is it worth the spend?  I say YES!!  Just look at what the Eat-all-you-can Teppanyaki buffet has to offer:

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We start off fresh salad with mackarel on the side then mixed maki and sushi treats, you can have loads of Tuna and Salmon Sashimi, crab sticks, refills of Mixed Maki, California maki, you can even have hand-rolled maki served upon order on the side.

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Fresh vegetables start off the Teppanyaki hot plate, with mushrooms, fresh vegetables such as asparagus, bean sprouts, Shitake mushrooms, tofu and vegetable jelly (Konyaku) plus many other vegetable choices

Next up seafood!!
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With choices such as Grouper, Red Snapper, Blue Marlin Belly, Tuna Belly, Mackarel, Salmon, Spanish Cod, Squid, Cuttlefish, Tiger Shrimp, Oysters and Scallops.

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Just look at those yummy scallops!

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Add an additional P500 and you get unlimited Spine lobster!  Other options include Black Cod (Japanese Gindara), Chilean Seabass or Black Seabass for P500 additional for each item...that's unlimited servings!!

Up next, MEAT!!!

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Ohhh...US Beef Rib Eye

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Ahh.... Baby lamp chops!!

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Also on the choices include US Beef Rib Eye, US Beef Sirloin, US Beef Short ribs, US Beef Tenderloin, Beef Roll, Baby Lamb Chops, Pork Tenderloin, Pork Belly and Chicken Thighs.

Add P500 for each item and you get US Black Angus Beef Tenderloin, US Wagyu Beef Sirloin Center Cut, US Wagyu Beef Striploin and US Wagyu Short ribs... that's unlimited servings as well.

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Just look at those cuts of lamb chops, I admittedly am not a fan of lamb chops, but these are exceptionally good with none of that after taste.

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Once you order the unlimited lobster, you also get the lobster soup after the lobster meat has been served to you

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To make for a full meal, Japanese Mixed fried rice to fill us up!  You can also have Kimchi Fried rice, rice omelet, Japanese Pizza and even noodles such as Yaki Soba and Yaki Udon

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Thank you Yurakuen! I loved the Japanese mixed fried rice

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And dessert was a bliss!!! Ice cream with grilled fruits!

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You just have to visit this tree in the middle of the main dining area of Yurakuen, it is marvelously beautiful.
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Is it worth the Buck? Totally Yes!!  Fulfilling and satisfying meal indeed.  I would come back here anytime.  And as an added treat, if you or your friend does have the member card for Diamond Hotel, you get to dine with a friend and get 50% off!  So that's around P1,500 per person with ++, so ready to take that trip to Yurakuen?

Check out Diamond Hotel's other Christmas and New Year specials,  Christmas Eve and Christmas Day lunch at Corniche for only P1,630++ per person, with dinner buffets complimentary inclusion of a glass of sparkiling wine.  The Yurakuen Japanese Restaurant serves Japanese specialties with the Kaizeki Set inclusive of a glass of Umeshu or sparkling wine, available during dinner on Dec. 24, 25, 31 for only P1,630++ per person.

On New Year's eve, check out Corniche as they welcome the new year with a dinner buffet on Dec. 31, 2011 for only P2,012 nett per person including a glass of Moet Rose, party favors and entertainment from Rebirth band.  Yurakuen features the Kaizeki Set dinner for P2,012 nett per person.

Check out other promotions and celebrations to mark the New Year here at Diamond Hotel.  Be amazed at the Christmas room packages as well as Christmas treats for your loved ones.  For more info please visit or email them at

Yurakuen Japanese Restaurant
G/F Manila Diamond Hotel
Roxas Boulevard cor. Dr. J. Quintos, 
Manila, Philippines
528-3000 305-3000
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  1. Your post made me hungry ;) I love seafood.. hope to try those spine lobster soon........and nice deal, u get the bargain + perfect service!

  2. We tried this place for our anniversary and it was amazing. First off, I'll mention if you do go, be sure to get a reservation if you want to sit at one of the tables with the grill. We walked in and there weren't any available. However, the dining area is really nice and at the time we went, it was quiet and felt intimate. Our initial disappointment with not getting one of the grill tables was quickly forgotten when the food started to arrive. They still let us order off the same all you can eat menu, and everything that came out we liked.

    The winners for the day were the lamb (this is a MUST try and the best I've ever had), grouper, scallops, tenderloin and mixed fried rice. I really liked their tuna sushi as well. To be clear, it was all good, these were just the big winners for us. All of the dipping sauces were great too and went well with the seafood, meats and vegetables.

    It is a bit pricey, but it was our anniversary so that's ok. The food was worth every bite though and this is the one time I felt like I didn't have to stuff myself sick to get my money's worth at an all you can eat place.

    Also I had mentioned that it was our anniversary, and they brought out a little chocolate cake on a plate that had Happy Anniversary written on it in icing with our dessert. It was a nice personal touch.

    The waiting staff was great too! All around this place is 5/5 stars easy.

    1. Late reply.. haha glad you had a fun time dining! I'd love to come back again soon and again and again soon!


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