Thursday, July 17, 2014


The moment I saw an Instagram post about Yanagi's Tempura Maki, it looked so mouthwatering that I rounded up my family and took them there the soonest possible time.  Japanese food has always been a no-brainer in our family.  So the moment I told them I wanted to try out a new Japanese restaurant, everyone was all-in!  Good thing too, because if somebody opposed, then I'd most likely troop over there myself and eat to my heart's content.  Don't judge me, pictures are my ultimate weakness!  

Salmon and Shime Saba (marinated mackerel) sashimi

Kani salad (crab meat, lettuce, cucumber salad with flying fish roe)

Wakame salad (fresh wakame seaweed, cucumber salad with goma dressing)

Ebi tempura (prawn tempura)

Tempura maki (thick roll with prawn tempura)

Yanagi maki (california maki with grilled eel)

Wakadori (spring chicken with teriyaki sauce)

Yasai itame (sauteed assorted vegetables)

Soft shell crab (deep fried soft shell crab with ponzu sauce)

Snake River Farms US wagyu sirloin steak

Kaminabe (boiled assorted seafood and vegetables in paper pan)

It is obvious that we're a couple of very hungry people?  LOL!  Yup, we managed to finish everything we ordered, and it was just the four of us.  You read that right, FOUR people ate all of that (insert sheepish smile here).    And the food?  Oh it was all good, although not extremely spectacular.  There was one standout though, can you guess which one?  Nothing else but the very main reason I dragged my family all the way to Midas Hotel.  Tempura Maki.  Ahhhh...  imagine the crunchy shrimp tempura enveloped inside the softest Japanese rice, topped with a mix of cheese, mayonnaise and huge scoops of fish roe!!!  Literally, scoops!  Different colors too!  The moment I tasted it, I knew Tempura Maki will never be the same again.  At least for me.  The service could use a bit of work though, but if it's food we're talking about, 4 out of 5 stars!

Yanagi is at the Midas Hotel & Casino,  2702 Roxas Blvd., PICC Reclamation Area, Pasay City

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