Despite the distance from my place, I always look forward to dining at Diamond Hotel. Although I admittedly had only been to Corniche, I had heard the stories of their amazing Japanese restaurant, Yurakuen. For some reason, I was under the impression that the Japanese entrees of Corniche was basically what you would find at Yurakuen (Kinda makes sense since it's the same hotel, right?). Considering I was actually quite pleased with what I've tried at Corniche, I never really found an urgency to try Yurakuen.
However, my friend, The Hefty Foodie swore that wasn't the case, and when he had the opportunity to invite me to experience a dinner at Yurakuen's Teppanyaki table, there was no way I was going to say no to that!
The first thing that came into my mind as soon as I stepped through the doors of Yurakuen, was how stunningly gorgeous the interiors were. Standing proudly in the center of the dining area is a glass Cherry Blossom Tree replica, that is utterly breathtaking.
The dining area is surrounded with glass walls, that allows the guests to enjoy the lush greenery that The Diamond Hotel had planted just outside their windows, even creating a man made Waterfall that adds to the soothing ambiance.
For our meal, however, we weren't seated at the main dining hall. Since we were going to enjoy Yurakuen's Eat-All-You-Can Teppanyaki Dinner, we were billeted at one of the specially designed rooms, outfitted with a Teppanyaki Table. Pretty much everything that was to be served that night would be cooked right before our eyes!
The Eat All You Can Teppanyaki Dinner offers an extensive choices of meat and seafood that will be cooked to your liking right in front of you, which offers freshness unlike any dining experience you've had before. However, the selection also includes Japanese cuisine staples such as..
Sushi, Temaki Sushi and Makizushi..
A handsome selection of fresh Sashimi
Things that are called "Mixed Vegetables"
Fresh Seafood cutlets such as Cuttlefish, Squid, Salmon
Very plump Tiger Shrimps & Scallops..
The quality of the seafood was truly undeniable, but I couldn't wait to get my hands on the high quality meat that Yurakuen's Teppanyaki Buffet offered!!
We were entreated to a platter of U.S. Beef Short Ribs and U.S. Beef Tenderloin. Words cannot describe how gorgeous the marbling on the short ribs were. Streaks of fat were evenly scattered across the meat, ensuring a juicy cut of beef in every bite.
Though the Prime Wagyu Beef isn't part of the Eat All You Can's meat selection, our gracious hosts gave us a glorious slice for us to enjoy. The fat to meat ratio was just the way I liked it.. Meaning a tad more fat than meat (hehe).
Yurakuen's Ace Teppanyaki Chef, Chef Resther, took the reins of our table, and began throwing eggs around, piling them on top of one another with the lightning skills of a ninja.
Within minutes, Chef Resther whipped up an incredibly delicious
(heart shaped) seafood fried rice!
Rina would have loved the juicy Scallops..
Not to mention the plump sauteed Tiger Shrimps
The Salmon was remarkably tasty as well..
But sorry, I was all about the beef, and US Beef Short Ribs was AWESOME.
And I've had a lot steaks throughout my blogging career, and I can safely say that this was one of the best I've had.
The Steak was sauteed in garlic slices, which helped bring out the natural flavor of the steak, that maintained a cotton candy softness.
Spanky Enriquez Photobombing like a boss
You absolutely should include Yurakuen's Teppanyaki Eat All You Can offering to your list of places in Metro Manila that you must-try! At P2,800++ per person, it can come off as a little steep, but when you consider the vast selection of items available in the menu, it most assuredly is well worth it.
A special thank you to our ever gracious (and gorgeous of course) hosts, Chel and Melanie for taking such great care of us that evening!
I look forward to my return to Yurakuen, this time with Rina!
Yurakuen Teppanyaki All You Can Menu