Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Freshness and Authenticity: The Yakumi Saturday Brunch at Solaire Resort & Casino

Fresh salmon and tuna, succulent scallops and juicy US ribeye, it's the celebrated quartet for a lavish Japanese feast. And you can have it all and more and go for seconds and thirds at the Yakumi Saturday Brunch. Saturdays just got a whole lot better...

Solaire Resort & Casino's flagship Japanese restaurant, Yakumi, takes you on an epic culinary journey of authentic Japanese flavors with its Saturday Brunch, a special weekend buffet offering an impressive spread with all your favorites for a memorable dining experience. Salmon, tuna, scallops, premium ribeye and more, you'll find it here at Yakumi's Saturday Brunch.

Yakumi, which loosely translates to relish, condiment or seasonings, offers some of the very best Japanese cuisine this side of the metro. And just as the name suggests, each dish is prepared with the freshest and finest ingredients for both authenticity and flavor. From Japanese sushi rice, soy sauce and wasabi imported from Japan, every little detail highlights authenticity for real flavors. Inside the elegant and spacious interiors of Yakumi, the modern open kitchen layout is the focal point and stage as teams of skilled chefs showcase their talents with the preparation of Yakumi's signature dishes.

At the helm of Yakumi's kitchen are Executive Chef Norimasa Kosaka and Sous Chef Shinobu Endo, masters of Japanese cuisine honed by years of experience back in Tokyo with stints in prestigious restaurants and hotels. The open kitchen layout allows diners a peek at these masters at work, an experience in itself.

Yakumi's Saturday Brunch includes unlimited beverages including sake, wine, beer, and non-alcoholic drinks. At the beverage station, the staff add the final touches to the elaborate set-up as guests begin to arrive for the sumptuous all-you-can-eat Japanese feast at Yakumi's Saturday Brunch.

From ice-cold beer to an extensive selection of fine wine (L), your beverage options are just as impressive as the tasty offerings at the buffet. You can also enjoy a variety of freshly-squeezed fruit juices (R) served in individual bottles, just take your pick.

Make it a real Japanese dining experience with premium Sake. At Yakumi, you'll find a wide variety of sake to kick off your feast. Just ask the staff for their selection, and have it served. The sharp yet deep and soothing notes of the sake warms up your palate for the coming feast...

...and what a feast. Simply walk around the open kitchen layout and you get an idea on the buffet spread. From the Cold Salad Station, the Sushi and Sashimi Station, Robatayaki Station, and the Teppanyaki Station, your Saturday Brunch at Yakumi becomes a culinary journey.

Start your feast at the Cold Salad Station with tasty starters like Potato Salad with Japanese Mayonnaise, Kamo Salad with cold noodles, and Leek and Chasiu Salad. The selection of salads served that day included a refreshing Seaweed Salad, Green Beans with Sesame, Japanese Pickles, Seafood Nanbanzuke, Garden Greens with Crab Cake, Kani Salad, Ramen Salad, Edamame, Pumpkin with Sweet Soy Broth, Dried Radish with Soya Broth and much more.

A hearty serving of Yakumi's Radish Salad with tofu and crisp garden greens drizzled with nutty sesame dressing offered fresh and clean notes, and you can go for seconds. It's always a smart move to start with some fresh greens at a buffet. It's all about balance, right?

Then, the chefs at Yakumi showcase their skill and expertise with their selection of freshly prepared sushi, rolls, hand rolls, and sashimi with the freshest and finest seafood flown in from Japan's famed Tsukiji Market.

Yakumi offers over ten types of fresh sushi and sashimi for the Saturday Brunch buffet spread. Load up on fresh Tuna, Salmon, Lapu-Lapu and Marinated Spanish Mackerel Sashimi...

...along with a variety of sushi rolls like the Spicy Tuna Roll, California Roll, Tonkatsu Roll, Crazy Roll, Takuwan Roll, Kappa Roll, Oshinko Roll, Chicken Teriyaki Hand Roll, Spicy Salmon Roll and more... Tamago Sushi, Ebi Tempura Roll, and Kanikama Hand Roll each prepared fresh and ready for picking at the sushi bar.

And this is where Yakumi shines, with its impressive selection of the day's freshest catch. Most of the seafood items are flown direct from the Tsukiji Market, one of the world's largest fish markets. The clean, fresh flavors with that hint of briny sweetness from the freshest salmon... the thick slices of tuna, sashimi and sushi lovers would feel right at home here at Yakumi.

And there's no need to rush, you can go at your own pace...

...and come back for seconds. And thirds. Each intricate roll is prepared with meticulous detail with the freshest ingredients for real and authentic flavors. And you'll definitely want more...

The freshest sushi and sashimi selection is paired with premium wasabi flown in from Tokyo to complete the flavors. That's authenticity. You won't find the usual commercial types of wasabi squeezed from a tube, this one's the real deal. The flavors are more delicate with rich and deep notes unlike the overwhelmingly spicy variety that's loaded with horseradish. Genuine wasabi complements the briny sweetness of the fresh seafood adding just a whisper of soothing heat allowing you to taste more of the sushi and sashimi with each bite.

The servers freshly grate the imported wasabi right in front of you adding yet another layer to your dining experience. Using a wooden board lined with abrasive shark skin, the wasabi is delicately prepared and served. At Yakumi, its the attention to details and authenticity that make your dining experience special.

And here's the beef. At Yakumi's Saturday Brunch, diners can indulge in fork-tender US Ribeye grilled to your preferred doneness and served to your table.

The beautifully marbled US Ribeye is one dish not to missed at Yakumi. And you can have as much as you want...

Served fresh from the grill with vegetables and crispy garlic chips, this one's a meal in itself.

Tender and juicy, each bite delivers a savory richness that can only come from the finest beef. One more plate? Absolutely.

Then, there's the plump and succulent Scallops, delicately seared served with lemon wedges. Each juicy bite bursts with rich briny notes followed by a layer of sweetness, and you just know this is fresh. The flavors are clean and subtle, and the soft texture will leave you wanting more. No worries, just grab another plate for another round.

In between plates, walk around and explore the buffet spread for even more tasty finds. From the Yakumi kitchen, you can also enjoy savory hot dishes like the Squid, Prawns and Scallops with Broccoli...

...the fork-tender Buta Kakuni, a traditional Japanese-style braised Berkshire pork belly dish, a personal favorite...

...and Agedashi, soft silky tofu coated with potato starch and deep-fried for a lightly crisp outer layer on rich tsuyu sauce with scallions. Other dishes like Gyudon, Pork and Chicken Tonkatsu, and Japanese Crispy Fried Chicken were also available at the Saturday Brunch buffet. Over at the Robatayaki Station, you'll find charcoal-grilled Chicken Teriyaki and Grilled Fish with Miso for even more flavorful options.

You can also enjoy some of Yakumi's signature dishes from their A la Carte menu, including Tempura with prawns, white fish, sweet potato, eggplant and carrot...

...and Chawanmushi, a creamy egg custard dish simmered with shrimps and shiitake with hints of dashi, mirin, and soy sauce. Other A la Carte menu items include ramen bowls like Shoyu Ramen, Miso Ramen, and Tonkotsu Ramen. If there's any particular Japanese dish you're looking for, just ask the staff at Yakumi.

At Yakumi's teppan grills, you can enjoy a show by the master chefs as they prepare various teppan dishes including Japanese fried Rice (R), and even unique teppanyaki desserts like crepes stuffed with sweet fruit fillings flambeed right on the teppan grill (L).

The Japanese savory pancake, Okonomiyaki, is also prepared at the teppan grill. The variety and quality of the dishes, combined with exceptional service, makes Yakumi's Saturday Brunch one of the best deals in the metro. And there's just no better way to spend a leisurely late Saturday morning than at Solaire Resorts & Casino's Yakumi.

But save room for dessert...

Indulge in Yakumi's decadent selection of tempting desserts, like the Sakura Macaron...

...the elegant Green Tea Cremeux Dome (L) and the sinful ricotta-filled Chocolate Velvet Sphere (R), perfect with a freshly brewed cup of coffee or green tea.

Or go for a scoop of Yakumi's signature homemade Ice Cream. Here's an insider tip: try the Avocado and Salted Caramel Ice Cream. Trust me. 

And if you're still hungry, go back for one more plate of the day's fresh catch. Authenticity and freshness. You'll find it here at Yakumi's Saturday Brunch.

Hungry? Your table is set and ready for the Yakumi Saturday Brunch. Experience authentic Japanese flavors with Yakumi's Saturday Brunch from 11:30 am to 2:30 pm for only P 2,688+ per person inclusive of unlimited selected sake, wine, beer, and non-alcoholic drinks. See you Saturday...and add a Japanese spin to brunch at Yakumi's Saturday Brunch.

Yakumi is located at the Ground Level of Solaire Resort & Casino, 1 Asean Avenue Entertainment City, Tambo, Paranaque City, Manila or call +632 888-8888 for inquiries and reservations.

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