Yakumi, headed by Chef Norimasa, is the signature Japanese restaurant at Solaire.
You can choose to sit by the bar
With little friends from under the sea (all imported from Japan, I heard!)
Or here at the main dining room with the view of Manila Bay
(of course I forgot to include the view in the photo)
I loved how they fit the little chairs for bags in between the columns
Yes, it is true! A bowl of Japanese steamed rice at Yakumi costs a whopping 450 pesosesss!!!
So we thought the lunch set with rice + wagyu or lamb + other extras at 2,900 was a pretty good deal
We ordered 1 wagyu set and 1 lamb chop set.
That day's appetizer was soft cod roe which was very very soft, smooth, milky and creamy
Soft cod roe also happens to be a nicer and cuter-sounding name for "shirako,"
which is the seminal sac of the male fish, which means jinlovestoeat
just swallowed lots and lots of sperm. Ack!
Sashimi platter - very fresh, I must say, although I wish they were more generous with the cuts
The wafu salad with ginger dressing tasted like wafu salad without any dressing
I tried to salvage it by adding sesame dressing but it was a hopeless case
Chawanmushi was silky
Australian lamb chops saikyo yaki
I liked the mild and sweet miso flavor on the lamb. The proper way to enjoy the chops is
to grab them with your hands and tear them meat with your teeth!
Grilled wagyu beef ribeye
Our medium rare ribeye came out medium well. It was dry and chewy and unacceptable.
I asked them to replace it.
Now this was more like it, tender and juicy, except...
One third of it was fat!
My favorites were the little munchies on the side: yamamomo, bonito walnuts,
sweet potato, lotus root
Dessert was the chef's specials sampler:
yuzu creme brûlée, mango sorbet, green tea ice cream
If rice is 450, I wonder how much Yakumi charges for these little friends:
Yakumi: Solaire Resort & Casino, Solaire Boulevard, Entertainment City, Manila.