Saturday, August 1, 2015

Indulge: All-You-Can-Eat Teppanyaki at Diamond Hotel's Yurakuen

Indulge in the ultimate teppanyaki feast, with your own private chef grilling everything you love right by your own teppan table...

Diamond Hotel introduces its own spin on the all-you-can-eat dining experience with its All-You-Can-Eat Teppanyaki at Yurakuen. Simply choose your unlimited servings of fresh seafood and premium beef, lamb, and chicken. Each course is prepared right in front of you by your own personal chef for the ultimate in customized dining, taking the all-you-can-eat concept to a whole new lavish and indulgent level.

Diamond Hotel's indulgent All-You-Can-Eat Teppanyaki combines authentic Japanese flavors with the finest and freshest ingredients and an entertaining performance of fire and precision by the skilled chefs of Yurakuen for a whole new dining experience. And you can go for seconds and thirds...

I've always been impressed with Diamond Hotel's Yurakuen (see my first post on Yurakuen's authentic Japanese cuisine here at, and you can expect the same standard of freshness and authenticity with their latest offering, the All-You-Can-Eat Teppanyaki. Start your feast with a selection of the freshest Sashimi, with Tuna, Grouper, Red Snapper, Salmon, Crab Sticks, Cuttlefish, and Mackerel...

...and Flying Fish Roe, Uni, and Unagi, each elegantly set on a wooden board with lemon slices, thinly shredded carrots and radish, fresh vegetables and wasabi. You can also include some of Yurakuen's Sushi, Makizushi, and Temaki Sushi selection to your feast, your call. And that's what makes Yurakuen's All-You-Can-Eat Teppanyaki special, you can choose, select and customize your teppan feast.

The different sauces for the sashimi, grilled seafood and beef are then served and placed before you, along with a bowl of fresh salad.

With the Chef''s recommendations, our All-You-Can-Eat Teppanyaki feast at Yurakuen included a platter of Assorted Fresh Vegetables including mushrooms and enoki, or winter mushrooms. Then, the serious business of selecting the next courses for the ultimate Teppanyaki feast began...

Your All-You-Can-Eat Teppanyaki feast at Yurakuen includes one unlimited standard drink of your choice, including sodas, chilled juices, local beer, even premium Japanese Kirin beer. Go for a cold Kirin to complete the Japanese experience, and you'll need a good ice-cold Japanese brew to deliberate and select from Yurakuen's wide range of choices for your teppanyaki feast. For the mains, we decided to include some fresh seafood, with Tiger Shrimps and US Scallops...

...with Salmon, Squid and Cuttlefish to round out our seafood selection. One more ice-cold Kirin, and it was time to select the premium meats.

We go for the US Beef Tenderloin, thick slabs of pure beefy goodness to kick-off our mains...

...along with some US Beef Short Ribs. But the feast truly becomes a teppanyaki feast when our chef presents another platter.

Premium Wagyu Beef (available separately, ordered ala carte), with its distinctive fine and white marbling. One can almost imagine its melt-in-your-mouth buttery texture, as you take another sip of Kirin. You just know that your All-You-Can-Eat Teppanyaki experience at Yurakuen is going to be special.

Another look at the elegant slab of beef, another ice-cold Kirin, and our chef fired up the teppan table.

For the first course, our chef prepares the Seafood Fried Rice, with finely chopped fresh seafood added to the rice, along with eggs and special seasonings. Our chef then transformed our teppan table into a virtual stage with a flurry of swift yet precise movements, and at the end of the performance, our bowl of Seafood Fried Rice was served.

Next, our chef proceeds with the seafood dishes, using the same rapid strokes that blur along with the rising steam from the hot teppan grill. The aroma and sight of the fresh seafood on the hot grill, up close, adds to the unique dining experience at Yurakuen. 

Plump, tender US Scallops, fresh off the teppan grill, with its delicate briny sweetness layered by the rich notes of butter and garlic, just perfect.

Our chef continued to impress with his Tiger Shrimps, skilfully grilled on the teppan, followed by the squid and cuttlefish. The shrimps, squid, and cuttlefish delivered fresh and clean flavors, perfectly grilled at the teppan. 

The premium salmon is grilled next, topped with garlic and finished with a squeeze of lemon. 

A gentle yet deliberate slicing motion with the chef's knife divides the salmon to individual serving portions. The creamy salmon bursts with fresh and rich flavors, with just a subtle layer of garlic and lemon notes for balance.  

The teppan is fired up once again, as our chef prepared our beef dishes. Flames rise from the teppan, releasing the bold and beefy aroma of the premium meat, and your appetite once again goes to overdrive... 

The crisp sizzle of the beef on the grill and the fragrant aroma combine for a unique sensory experience, as the beef is grilled to medium rare.

The thick slabs of US Tenderloin are flipped over once, for the other side to be seared.

In minutes, the US Beef Tenderloin is ready to be served...

...with its juicy pink center fresh off the hot teppan. A dab of butter completes the dish. Lightly seared, the beef is tender and flavorful on its own, and great with another ice-cold Kirin.

But there's more. The US Beef Short Ribs adds its own sizzle and aroma to the teppan...

...and ready to serve in minutes. Our chef slices up the US Beef Short Ribs and the sound of metal on metal adds to the almost theatrical performance of the teppanyaki feast. With a more pronounced and sharper beefy notes, the US Beef Short Ribs paired well with the fried rice. And another ice-cold beer. Other premium meat selections include Pork tenderloin, Baby Lamb Chops, Grilled Beef Shabu-Shabu, and US Beef Top Sirloin, and Chicken Thighs. 

A medley of fresh vegetables, grilled with butter and garlic, is served next. But we've saved the best for last.

The premium Wagyu takes its turn at the hot teppan, as it slowly transforms colors. There's just something about a slab of beef on a grill, as we all waited with eager anticipation.

But we didn't have to wait long, and the premium Wagyu beef was ready. It's simply the perfect way to cap the ultimate All-You-Can-Eat Teppanyaki feast at Yurakuen. For dessert, a platter of fresh seasonal fruits or ice cream topped with azuki beans completes the experience.

Now, it's your turn. Yurakuen's All-You-Can-Eat Teppanyaki is available for lunch and dinner for only P 2,800 net per person, inclusive of one unlimited standard drink and practically everything on the Teppanyaki menu.  The special rate is valid until October 2015.

Yurakuen is located at Diamond Hotel Philippines, Roxas Boulevard corner Dr. J. Quintos Street, Manila or call 528-3000 extension 1121 for inquiries and reservations.

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