After months of anticipation, I have finally dined at the Yakimix Smokeless Grill and Japanese Restaurant at the Capitol Square along Escario Street, barangay Capitol Site, Cebu City, Philippines. It wasn't the best experience, but there were some good points nonetheless. I honestly do not understand the hype and the buzz about this new eat and drink all you can restaurant in Cebu City now that I have tried it. I think they over-hyped this too much that it can disappoint.
|Yakimix in Cebu City, Philippines|
Problem Number 1: Parking Space
My brother and I went to eat lunch at Yakimix on a Monday and the place was packed. This made it harder for us to find a good parking space. And the restaurant staff did not help us at all with that issue. All they said that there was a security guard assigned for it but we never found him. We had to cross the street and park at the Escario Central Mall.
The Food and Drinks
Sushi and Tempura
The sushi and tempura station was where Yakimix Sushi and Smokeless Grill Restaurant gets it quite right but not really extraordinary. I devoured a fair amount of sushi and rolls that had salmon or ebi (shrimp or prawn) in it. It's a Japanese restaurant, it better get this right. Then again, I've tried a lot of better sushi somewhere else.
|Sushi boat at Yakimix in Cebu City, Philippines|
I'm a big fan of sukiyaki and Yakimix Sushi and Smokeless Grill Restaurant has a station where you make your own sukiyaki. Sukiyaki is one of my favorite Japanese dishes. I didn't do one here because I want my sukiyaki ready made.
The dimsum station features siomai, chicken feet or adidas, siopao, and other favorite dimsum dishes. I didn't try this part too.
The dessert station is another okay spot then again, nothing so special and I can have a better selection in various other restaurants. They have make your own halo-halo, cake squares, marshmallows and chocolate fondue, and a variety of other desserts.
Asian Fusion Dishes
I wasn't too impressed with the other main courses at Yakimix Sushi and Smokeless Grill Restaurant as well. I took some lechon kawali, korean sweet and spicy squid, salt and pepper salmon, and adobo rice. I don't remember enjoying any of them. And as one of my friends would say, it seemed like everything tasted alike.
Items for Grilling
Yakimix Sushi and Smokeless Grill Restaurant prides itself to be the number one smokeless grill restaurant in the Philippines. True enough, very minimal smoke comes out of its grilling stations which is found in virtually every table of the restaurant. The section where you take items for grilling are divided into two (2) subsections: meat and seafood. I got some liempo roll, pork marinated in garlic, squid, and shrimps to grill. It's a good thing that some of the items are already seasoned or marinated. For the items that were not marinated, make sure to make your own sauce to give it some flavor. This allows guests to focus on the grilling and worry less about seasoning and experimenting with flavors. Although, they are also free to explore.
|Grill all you want at Yakimix in Cebu City, Philippines|
Cold and hot beverages are available at the Yakimix Sushi and Smokeless Grill Restaurant beverages section. Hot beverages are coffee and tea. For cold beverages, there are a number of juices, iced tea, and soda one can choose from.
15 Days Birthday Treat
Yakimix Sushi and Smokeless Grill Restaurant also has a 15 days treat birthday promotion wherein birthday celebrants can avail of a free buffet 7 days before their birthday, 7 days after their birthday, and on their birthday itself. They just need to bring with them a valid government-issued identification card that indicates their birthdate and three full paying guests to avail of the birthday treat.
My Personal Verdict
As I said in my opening paragraph, Yakimix Sushi and Smokeless Grill Restaurant is overhyped that it can somehow disappoint. I expected better flavors but as one of my friends puts it, seems like all the food tasted the same. I would rank Yakimix a notch higher than Panda Star but they are probably just in the same league as The Port Restaurant and Joven's Grill in terms of flavor. Two out of five stars I would say.
Location and Contact Information
Yakimix Sushi and Smokeless Grill Restaurant is located at the ground floor of the NIC 2 Building at the Capitol Square, N. Escario Street, barangay Capitol Site, Cebu City, Philippines. They may be reached through telephone number (+6332) 254 7499 or (+6332) 254 7501 or mobile number 0915 3888 222. One may visit the Yakimix Facebook fan page or interact with them on twitter with their handle, @yakimixo_o.