Location: Diamond hotel’s Yurakuen, Roxas Blvd. cor. Dr. J. Quintos St., Manila
One thing that will never cease to exist is our love for food. No matter how long you’ve been shopping in a mall where everything is up to 70% sale or how jaw-dropping it is to see one of your favorite artists and singers, at the end of the day you get to say that “FOOD IS LIFE!”. A single “Samahan mo na ‘ko please! Libre kita!” will lead your feet straight right to where your friend will treat you because, yeah that’s right, you’re bamboozled by the food.
Kidding aside, that’s how I love to eat. It’s the only thing that satisfies me the most. After pig-out sessions, we tell ourselves how full our bloated stomachs are.
That’s also the exact same feeling I’m having whenever I enter a Japanese restaurant or eat Japanese cuisines anywhere. It’s like I’ve fallen in love, not just with the country alone, but also with their mouthwatering food. You see, when you visit Japan you’re not just visiting the country. You’re already learning how to love their culture and everything. Same goes with their food. You will regret not letting your taste buds try some Yakitori and Ramen noodles.
We had our lunch at Yurakuen Japanese Restaurant inside the Diamond Hotel Philippines which is dubbed as the most authentic Japanese Restaurant in Manila. Let’s start off with the setting of the place to get yourself starving. You’ll be in awe finding out that you’ll be having your meals underneath the crystal-clear blossom trees. At night, those blossom trees light up the area and gives off a Japanese aura all over the restaurant. You’ll be seeing waitresses wearing the traditional Japanese clothing – kimono.
When it comes to their dishes, their Chicken Karaage is one of their best dishes that you shouldn’t forget to order. It has the crisp texture everyone’s looking for. The golden crisp outside, the rich flavor, and the tenderness inside is a perfect combination to one’s mouth. I ordered a Katsudon for me and good thing it was enough to make my stomach smile. There’s this Miso soup (I barely remember the exact name but I’m sure it has a ‘K’ on it lol) that we’ve ordered, and I think you should try it. Though, I still can’t remember the name pardon me lol.
Yurakuen is really a paradise. A food paradise, that’s what I’ll call it. And that’s what it makes it stand out. Any paradise you would like to share with me?