Yurakuen Teppanyaki in Manila Diamond Hotel


Manila Diamond Hotel’s award-winning Japanese restaurant Yurakuen is proudly offering a totally unique Teppanyaki Eat-All-You-Can experience for all us buffet lovers out there. Instead of getting food from buffet spreads and cooking them on your table’s hot pot and griddles, Yurakuen lets you sit back and relax as you watch your personal chefs prepare food at your very own tables.

Yurakuen Japanese Restaurant in Manila Diamond Hotel - Teppanyaki Eat All You Can Buffet Promo

Available during lunch and dinner, enjoy the Teppanyaki Eat-All-You-Can with unlimited flow of local drinks, local beer, and Japanese Kirin beer, all for the price of Php 1,970++ per person. My sister, Mhel, and I got to experience it ourselves when they invited us to experience a Teppanyaki dinner. It may be a little pricey, but we can seriously say that it’s worth every penny! Not convinced? Let me walk you through it.

Yurakuen's Teppanyaki menu

First, above are photos of the long lists of food you can order with the Teppanyaki Eat-All-You-Can promo (click to zoom), which include appetizers, soups, noodles, meat dishes, and even desserts!

Yurakuen Seaweed Salad

We started our meal with a generous serving of Seaweed Salad. The whole dish is light and refreshing. The vegetables are very crunchy to bite, hinting how freshly they were served. The seaweed provided a delicate tanginess to the dish, and I liked it a lot since it’s not the type of seaweed that overwhelms you with its ‘salt watery’ taste.

Hot Tea with a bowl of Tuna and Salmon SashimiHot Tea with a bowl of Tuna and Salmon Sashimi

 

Bowl of Tuna and a plate of condimentsBowl of Tuna and a plate of condiments for Steak (L), Vegetables (M), and Seafood (R)

Together with our salad came a cup of hot tea, a bowl of sashimi, a tuna dish, and a plate of condiments for the steak, vegetables, and seafood fare that are all to be served to us in the latter part of dinner.

A variety of sushi and maki to start off your meal

While our personal chef and the kimono-clad servers were busy bringing out and preparing the ingredients for cooking on the griddle, we were first served with a platter of varied sushi and maki. I’m no expert in sushi, but I know a thing or two on determining how fresh seafood is. From the look, the texture, and mouth taste, I can tell that the sushi we were served were of the freshest quality.

The raw ingredientsThe raw ingredients

Chef Bibong started preparing our foodChef Bibong preparing our meal with a certain flare.

A plate of fresh onions, shiitake mushrooms, spinach, asparagus, and Konyaku (vegetable jelly) prepared teppanyaki styleA plate of fresh onions, shiitake mushrooms, spinach, asparagus, and Konyaku (vegetable jelly) prepared teppanyaki style!

I was very intrigued with the Konyaku, since, at first, I thought it was some kind of seafood, but it is actually vegetable similar to what they use in making ‘nata de coco’ and lychee jelly.

Spine Lobsters at YurakuenSpine Lobsters!
(Check the prices at the bottom of this post to know how you can avail of unlimited servings of this)

Chef Bibong flambeing some spine lobstersChef Bibong flambéing some spine lobsters!

Lobster meat mixed in with vegetables

The lobster meat was extracted from their shells, then cooked and served with vegetables. But why waste the juices and flavors of the shells when we can send it back to the kitchen to make Lobster Miso Soup? Slurp! Slurp!

Lobster Miso SoupFlavorful Lobster Miso Soup

The Lobster Miso Soup was divine. I honestly tilted the soup bowl up just to get every single drip of it. The flavor of the lobster was very pronounced, as if the soup was simmered for hours and hours, when, actually, the soup came out 15 minutes after the shells left our table.

Squids, Salmon, Prawns ready for cookingSquids, Salmon, Prawns

Squid cut and cooked
Squid cut into rings and seasoned well.

Biggest scallops I've ever seen!Biggest Scallops I have ever seen!
Mhel: I thought I lost my faith that I’d enjoy scallops as much as most people do. But, these were seared to my liking. :)

My seafood platterMy Seafood Platter

He cooked the seafood separately, but I decided to put them in one plate so I could finish eating the whole lot in one swift move. I’m just kidding. I was waiting for our chef to finish cooking our fried rice, so I can eat the seafood with it. Again, everything is unlimited, so you could ask for more servings of the food that you want!

Beef Ribeye SteaksBeef Ribeye Steaks

Beef Ribeye with fried garlicBeef Ribeye with fried garlic

Let’s move on to meat! Our chef griddled some ribeye steak to our preferred doneness (most of us requested medium well) and served with fried garlic. The dish is very simple, yet the combination of flavors was to die for.

Beef Tenderloin SteakBeef Tenderloin Steak

Medium Well Beef Tenderloin SteakMedium Well Beef Tenderloin Steak

Next is Beef Tenderloin Steak. You may ask your chef to cut up the meat to smaller pieces if you want. But I wanted my steak whole, since I’m the type of guy who enjoys seeing his steak transition from a huge slab of meat into total oblivion, with only the mere traces of the meat juices left on the plate.

Lamb ChopsLamb Chops

Griddled Lamb Chops with Mint GelGriddled Lamb Chops with Mint Gel

I’m not a huge fan of lambs. I had a difficult time swallowing it the first time I had a serving from a different restaurant. Perhaps the reason I didn’t like it before was because the meat was stewed. This time in Yurakuen, however, they cooked it on the griddle and – take note of this – added some mint gel. For some reason, the addition of the mint took away the gamey flavor I hate. And at the end of our meal, this has become one of the most unforgettable dishes we had the whole night.

Yurakuen Seafood Fried RiceYurakuen Seafood Fried Rice

For starch, we had some Seafood Fried Rice. And Chef Bibong was sweet enough to shape it into a heart. It was not too oily, which most fried rice end up being. The seafood flavor was distinct. I could even order this alone, with no viand whatsoever, and still be full and satisfied. It’s that delicious!

Ice Cream with Black BeansChestnut Ice Cream with Adzuki Red Beans

Finally, for dessert we had some Chestnut Ice Cream with Adzuki Red Beans. This reminded me a lot of the ice cream that ‘sorbeteros’ sell in our streets when I was growing up. Before, they serve their ice cream with sweet bean paste, but similar with all the vendors I’ve been seeing lately, they don’t have the beans anymore. And that’s why I’m so grateful for having this as our dessert at Yurakuen. A year-long craving for ice cream with sweet bean paste has finally been crossed out on my bucket list.

Still not convinced how ‘sulit’ or worth it paying for Php 1,970++ for the Teppanyaki Eat-All-You-Can at Yurakuen? Well, you may be surprised when I tell you that all the food we had above is not even close enough to half of the food listed on their buffet menu, and that you can order unlimited steak, lobsters, prawns, scallops!

Take note though that to order unlimited Black Cod, Chilean Seabass, Black Seabass, Spine Lobster, US Black Angus Beef Tenderloin, US Wagyu Beef Sirloin Center Cut, Striploin and Short Ribs, you have to add Php 500 for each one. But, again, it’s unlimited.

This deal is, one, such a unique experience since you get to witness your food being cooked in front of you. Two, you have a huge array of food that you can choose from! And, three, it is the perfect dinner for your family and friends for the coming holidays! A nice and quiet ambiance while enjoying Japanese dishes with loved ones. Don’t miss out on this one, guys!

Moving forward, the holidays are fast approaching, and I know people are cramming to find the best place to celebrate Christmas and New Year’s Eve. Luckily, Yurakuen has prepared a special set of dinner for these holiday occasions.

(The part below is from 2011)

For December 24 and 25, Yurakuen is offering the Kaizeki Set which is inclusive of a complimentary glass of Umeshu or sparkling wine for only Php 1,630++ per person. They also have a separate Sparkling Wine Buffet for only Php 488 nett per person. This fits well to people like me who wants to welcome Christmas and the New Year toasting with family and friends!

For December 31, Yurakuen features the Kaizeki Set Dinner for Php 2,012 nett per person. And on January 1, Yurakuen presents its Osechi Set Menu at Php 1,630++ per person and the Ozouni Set Menu for Php 1,280++ per person.

Of course the New Year would not be complete without the much anticipated New Year Countdown! Join the fun and party all night with the Fahrenheit Band at the Sky Lounge for only Php 888 nett per person inclusive of 2 standard drinks.

 

Yurakuen Japanese Restaurant

G/F Diamond Hotel Philippines, Roxas Boulevard corner Dr. J. Quintos Street
Manila, Philippines
Contact #: 528-3000 / 305-3000
Email: [email protected] / Website: www.diamondhotel.com

TIP: Make sure you call for reservation, so you get seated at the Teppanyaki tables. – Thanks for the heads up, Michael! (comment)

 

P.S.

By the way, we came home with these huge Ube Ensaymada from Manila Diamond Hotel which are absolutely tasty! We all instantly fell in love with its generous creamy cheese toppings and sweet filling.

Diamond Hotel Ube Ensaymada

      
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Kenneth is the chef in the family (he studied Culinary Arts and Baking & Pastry Art in GCHA). He's responsible for most of the more complicated recipes featured here, and loves preparing pastries and desserts. Aside from being a chef, he's also a Registered Nurse and Midwife. His love for cooking led him to pursue a culinary career. ( Ken on Google+ )
  • Michael Kiemel

    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.

    • http://www.certifiedfoodies.com/ blankPixels

      That’s great to hear! Thank you for sharing, Michael. We’ll add a note here that they should call for reservations. Thanks for the tip!

      Happy anniversary! :)

  • http://www.tsinoyfoodies.com/ stacy

    Wow!  Didn’t know they have that at Diamond Hotel.  I hope the current menu still has the scallop and lobster. 

  • Ysabelli

    I so love this! Very worth it.

    • http://www.certifiedfoodies.com/ blankPixels

      Stop spamming our blog. Sheesh.

  • http://www.foodreviewsmanila.com/ Guia Obsum

    What can I say but WOW! Expensive, yes, but by the looks of the quality of the food served, and not even half of the buffet menu, it seems very much worth it. :)

    • http://www.kenavenue.com Kenneth Ignacio

      I’m glad you agree with me how “sulit” the teppanyaki eat-all-you-can promo is! haha. the quality of the food is superb. everything’s fresh! we’re planning to come back soon! hehe

  • http://onlinewriting101.blogspot.com/ Marco

    Mouthwatering!

  • http://www.solitarywanderer.com/ Aleah | SolitaryWanderer.com

    I really love your food pics. I think you make them more appealing than in real life haha. Re the dishes…I love food, of course, but I don’t think I can pay that much for a meal. Too kuripot!

    • http://www.kenavenue.com Kenneth Ignacio

      Aww, thanks for the compliment. I took most of the photos, except those with Chef Bibong setting our food on fire. My sister, Mhel, shot those. I was too scared to come close. I don’t wanna go home with no eyebrows. Hahaha

      • http://www.certifiedfoodies.com/ blankPixels

        And I took the photo of the ice cream and ensaymada! :P

  • http://www.intramurosmanila.asia/ Mark

    I just have to comment about the awesome photos you have here. Galing!

  • http://thepurpledoll.net/ Sumi Go | ThePurpleDoll.Net

    Oh my.. Everything looks so delish! I want to try this, but it’s too pricey for me.. >.< Hopefully I can convince my parents to avail of the Teppanyaki Eat-All-You-Can.. XD

    • http://www.certifiedfoodies.com/ blankPixels

      If it’s too pricey for you too, it’s worth enjoying this for those special celebrations. :)

  • http://www.rochellesychua.com Roch

    wahhhhhhhh…… I’m so hungry na :(

  • http://www.thewanderingpeach.com Peachy

    WOW! hmmmnn.. you just gave me an idea on where to take hubby pag-uwi nya..

    • http://www.certifiedfoodies.com/ blankPixels

      Oh yes yes yes! So worth it. I knew you’d like this! :)

  • http://www.koreandoll.net/ AngelaRicardo.com

    I LOVE all the food post… but I surely don’t enjoy craving after the whole thing. :( It makes me uber hungry. Like I want to try it all. Superb post!

  • Jay-Agent112778

    i love the first shot (yung fire)…

    your photos of sushi,shashimi and the seafood platter made my appetite go wild…love seafood the japanese way

    visiting this entry thru FB Pinoy Bloggers Worldwide

    • http://www.certifiedfoodies.com/ blankPixels

      I took that photo (using my digicam)!! And the last 2!! Hahaha :P

      While I was editing the photos here, I had to go out for a bit and find something to eat. Kagutom remembering that night.

  • http://sugarsmile.blogspot.com Ria Hazel

    Yummy! Japanese food is <3. Wish I could try out the sushi :)

  • Gellie Abogado

    it’s definitely worth your every penny. i love jap foods :)

    • http://www.certifiedfoodies.com Ken Ignacio

      me, too! I soo love Japanese food! I especially love Tokyo Tokyo’s Fried Chicken Karaage. Haha. I know it’s on the cheap side of Jap food, but come on, that’s one delicious chicken!

  • http://twitter.com/TalesfromtheTum Richard Co

    it might be expensive but worth every penny. The ice cream is chestnut and topped with Adzuki red bean

    • Kenneth Ignacio

      Thanks, Richard, for the correction. I totally forgot what its called. But the dessert was so delicious, nonetheless. ^__^

  • joysflair

    bigla ako nag crave, weee sashimi and lamb chops, am using rosemary in grilling lamb chops, i’ll try mint gel next time. I also want to try that ice cream with black beans, am intrigued with that one hehe. mayaya dyan si Noi hehe

    • Kenneth Ignacio

      very surprising yung combination ng lamb and mint gel. ang sarap! and yung ice cream, unforgettable din talaga. saka wala na din talagang mga sobeterong may sweet bean paste na naglalako sa streets ngayon kaya lalo ako nasarapan. haha.

  • http://manilenyamom.info/ Manilenya Mom

    this is perfect for dates no? and i agree with Don, it’s kind of expensive, but then again if you are celebrating something special and you can go all out, why not? it’s also good that somehow we are not falling behind on trends when it comes to different cuisines. why deprive ourselves with the opportunity to experience :)

    • http://www.kenavenue.com Kenneth Ignacio

      Yes, I totally agree with you and Don. It’s a bit expensive, but I swear, after trying their Teppanyaki eat-all-you-can promo, I will never look at Japanese food like I did before. The whole time I was mouthing, “Ooh, so this is how authentic Japanese food tastes like!”

      And for you it’s perfect for dates. For me, it’s the perfect restaurant to take my mom as soon as I get my first pay check. Haha.

    • http://www.certifiedfoodies.com/ blankPixels

      I agree! You’re not going to go here naman everyday, but it’s definitely worth the moolah and experience. :)

  • http://thoughtsandtheact.blogspot.com/ Don Garcia

    whoa! kinda expensive…but I would love to try that lobster!