It’s time for our yearly (insert sad trombone noise here) trip to Century City Mall!!! For 2016, our target was Yumi, a Japanese restaurant that puts a different type of spin on their dishes. Yumi currently has two branches: Aside from the one in Century City Mall, they also have a branch in Greenhills. I was really excited about stepping inside this restaurant because I’ve wanted to do a review on this place, even before it officially opened.
The interior in this particular branch is pretty cramped, and we ended up on the second floor (which also had limited seating space >_< Not to mention the ceiling was too low!). But despite all that, I loved the chill vibe that the restaurant exuded.
Menu: Sashimi & sushi, Makimono, Moriwase, Temaki, Chirashi, Soup & salad, Noodles, Ramen, Beef, Chicken, Pork, Seafood, Tempura, Yakimono, Donburi, Bento box, Extra sides, Desserts, Sushi platters.
Gyoza, the classic Japanese dumpling.
Our other appetizer was the Crispy Mushroom – Oyster mushrooms that were lightly breaded, then deep fried. It came with its own tangy dipping sauce. The mushrooms had a lovely crunch to them, but it did leave a greasy taste in my mouth after eating too much.
Dynamite Roll – Chopped spicy tuna roll. Pretty good, but not as spicy as I thought it would be.
Tori Kuwayaki – Deep fried chicken with teriyaki sauce. Served on a bed of breaded tofu. The sweet teriyaki sauce complimented the bite-sized chicken pieces perfectly. I loved the breaded tofu as well.
Buta Miso Ramen – Tonkotsu ramen with tori-gara miso soup noodle, buta miso marinated pork, and ground pork. Also includes satsumage, onion leeks, quail eggs, and enoki/shiitake mushrooms. Dad thought the soup tasted bland, but it was fine to me.
TBH I was really baffled when I learned that we had to pay so much cash for our meal, because… While the food at Yumi was good, it wasn’t that spectacular. But I guess Yumi is still a decent choice if you’re more than willing to spend a couple of bucks on Japanese food.
Food: 4.5/5 (taste) 3/5 (presentation)
Yumi is located at Century City Mall, Kalayaan Ave Poblacion, Makati. Links: Facebook.