Yanagi

2/F Midas Hotel And Casino, Pedro Gil St. cor. MH Del Pilar St., Manila, Metro Manila

Yanagi
4.3
4.5 Stars

16 Reviewers

  • 5 stars 10
  • 4 stars 3
  • 3 stars 2
  • 2 stars 0
  • 1 star 1
  • 18 Reviews
  • 42 Recommend
  • 16 Reviewers
Category:
Japanese
Business Hours
Reopens: 11:30a - 10:00p
Phone
+6329020100

Hours

  • Sunday
    • 11:30a - 10:00p
  • Monday
    • 11:30a - 10:00p
  • Tuesday
    • 11:30a - 10:00p
  • Wednesday
    • 11:30a - 10:00p
  • Thursday
    • 11:30a - 10:00p
  • Friday
    • 11:30a - 10:00p
  • Saturday
    • 11:30a - 10:00p

Payment Options

Cash, MasterCard, Visa

More Business Info

Reservations:
Yes
Menus:
Lunch, Dinner
Attire:
Casual
Good for Groups:
Yes

Most Recent Reviews

Joel L.
5.0 Stars

Awesome selection for the Japanese buffet lunch. You got to try it and find out for yourself. There's tempura, sukiyaki, sashimi, and a wide array of sushi choices. The beef and squid teppanyaki were my favorites!

The dessert selection was very good. Have you tried wasabi ice cream?

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Ray G.
5.0 Stars

Excellent Japanese food. The oysters were special. Even their starters and appetizers were excellent. It was a wonderful experience all around even if the waitress couldn't answer all our questions regarding their menu. It was still great. #loolooexplorerpackgiveaway

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Kim L.
5.0 Stars

First time to try Yanagi and I'm pleased to say that it's definitely one of the best Japanese restaurants in Manila. From the sushi rolls to the soft-shelled crab tempura to the teppanyaki, everything lived up to our expectations. Dishes were seasoned right and were cooked perfectly. My ultimate favorite from all that we ordered was the Kaki Papaya Yaki which was basically grilled Japanese oysters on papaya with miso sauce. I loved how the fruity undertones of the papaya balanced the richness and creaminess of the oysters. Super delicious!128525 I can't wait to go back!!

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Jennifer N.
3.0 Stars

I was excited to try this place as it was named one of the best restaurants in 2014 by the Philippine Tatler AND it had a Japanese buffet. I'm sad to say that the reality fell short of my expectations.

I thought the buffet assortment was pretty limited, and both times I went, the dessert section was in short supply. The second time I went, I was prepared, so I loaded up on desserts first before even checking out the other stations. Sure enough, when I was finishing up, the dessert station was almost empty again.

The miso soup (unlimited servings, as is the tempura - you just have to ask them to serve these two items to you as they don't appear in the buffet) was fine but was lukewarm whereas I would have preferred it to be warm. The tempura likewise was ok but not spectacular: the batter was too soft and not crispy crunchy at all. At least the shrimps weren't tiny.

I consoled myself by having as much sashimi, sushi and teppanyaki as I could. The sashimi cuts were relatively fresh but not A grade quality; sushi was fine but some of the rolls were poorly made (not tight enough that the rolls were almost unraveling).

The place also seems to be poorly soundproofed or whatever - each time I went the noise level was just unbelievable. It felt like I was in a public market.

I don't think I'd come back here; there are better Japanese restaurants around. Or maybe it's better to order ala carte here rather than their buffet?

At least service was pretty fast and courteous. The waitress remembered me when I went back a second time. Also we didn't have to constantly ask for refills and for our plates to be cleared, they did these quite proactively.

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Angela Marie C.
1.0 Stars

I had high hopes for this Japanese buffet but it was such a let-down for so many reasons. (Mukha lang maganda sa pictures!)

First, I reserved a table for five, weeks before my visit and even called the night before just so I'm sure to have a table since my dad needs to eat on time for his meds. When we arrived, my worst nightmare was what happened! No table, and I wasn't even on the guest list! And the worst part, the receptionist had the nerve to say "ay oo nga Ma'am, ako po yung kausap niyo kagabi pero wala po kayong reservation e. Can I put you on the waitlist instead?" Uhmmmmmmmmm HINDI! Had to stare her down till I got a table!

Food's decent Japanese (emphasis on DECENT lang!) but what I didn't like was the fact that they were preparing ala carte items on the buffet live stations, so people tend to try to get them and their chef would go like "ops, Miss ala carte po yan". Yung mag-gesture pa siya ng 9995 (stop)! How unprofessional!

And don't even get me started on the price of their buffet! Mygehd, ang mahal!!! Only came to claim 2 Deal Grocer vouchers and had to pay for 3 full adults. Ang mahal for the TINY number of food choices in the buffet!

Philippine Tatler's Best niyo mukha niyo! And here I thought I could trust that list! 128557 never coming back!

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Miguel C.
5.0 Stars

Our family tried weekend buffet. All food in the buffet table are good. My 9 year old son finished off 17 Tempura. While my eldest son have the Teppanyaki (Shrimp, Steak and Salmon).

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Julie J.
4.0 Stars

Bought another round of vouchers from deal grocer since we enjoyed the food so much last time around , this time at 850 each. 50 bucks higher than the last time but still sulit...128536

Sashimi was still great and fresh so was the steak and everything else, wasn't too happy that they didn't have the black sesame ice cream today 128529 I was looking forward to eat that! 128557 and the service was pretty slow since the place was packed, probably because of the holiday crowd and the soon to expire vouchers (till Jan 4th and only usable Fridays to Sundays)

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Peach L.
4.0 Stars

What will you do if almost a year's worth of articles and list of places you've been to and eaten at get erased because of sheer stupidity?

Cry, roll over until you get dugyot, and eat again.

I'm still hurt and haven't really moved on yet but well, food's food and I gotta eat. So, to soften the pain, I dined with my friends at Yanagi. 128513 #damingsinabe

Yanagi is a japanese-only buffet situated at the second floor of Midas Hotel. It's just a small place with a semi-authentic japanese feel (but hey, I'm no expert when it comes to "authentic feel" because I haven't been to Japan yet). The selection is quite small as well. And I thought it was just alright because it made the dining experience less stressful. Because you know, buffets sometimes cause stress because you don't know how to eat everything when you have a wide selection to choose from 128513

The price is relatively fair. It's a bit higher than the commercial buffet places but it's way cheaper than other hotel buffets we've been to.

The food? Well, let's just say that I worked out while dining. Walking back and forth from my table to the Teppanyaki area. 128513

My first order of the tenderloin, I forgot to mention to the chef how I wanted it cooked so he gave me the default well done (I want my steaks medium), I didn't like it so much, I couldn't taste the meat and it wasn't as tender as it was supposed to be. I gave it another shot coz I felt that the cooking didn't give justice to the steak. My judgment was right. I had it cooked to medium and my steak tasted perfection! It was very tender and juicy, I finished off the whole plate! If I wasn't so full, I'll go back for more, but since it's a buffet, I had to try the other options.

I couldn't pass off the grilled salmon head and the salmon sashimi as well. I liked both but Nanbantei's salmon head is still no. 1 for me. Their sushi and sashimi area had tuna, salmon, red snapper, squid, and mackerel. The sushis were limited and I only got 2 california makis which I forgot to eat because I was too busy with my salmon and steak. 128513The salmon sashimi tasted fresh, like any regular fresh sashimi. I also liked the red snapper sashimi. The tuna and squid sashimi which I both tried were decent enough. I didn't try the mackerel because I know it'd taste a bit sour. 128540

The sukiyaki was good, had generous slices of beef and the soup was flavored well. I also liked the miso soup. The jellyfish salad was nice, too. 128076

I don't know if the unlimited mango juice was fresh but I sure had a lot of it! 128061 The watermelon was really sweet and I liked the coffee jelly. 128076

Yanagi is one of Tatler's best restaurants last 2013 by the way and for good reason. They may not be as excellent as Tsukiji or offers a wide selection as Banzai but for sure, every dish you sample will be good. 128077

If you try them, never miss out on their teppanyaki. 128076 And please, order your steaks MEDIUM. 128076128076

Service-wise, I couldn't complain. They were pretty fast and efficient. 128077128522

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Matthew L.
3.0 Stars

I did expect more from this restaurant since it is located inside a hotel but I was left with disappointment.

Service was so slow to the point that you need to ask the same thing to 4 different servers before they actually give it to you. E.g. chili powder.

Food choices are too limited. Given that it is a Japanese buffet restaurant, I'm expecting that they will be serving different kinds of rolls, ramen, takoyaki, okonomiyaki, yakitori but no. They only serve different salads, few choices of rolls, sashimis, sukiyaki, teppanyaki (beef, shrimp, salmon) and desserts.

I like the sashimi. The taste is very fresh. Highly recommend their black sesame ice cream and red bean ice cream!

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Julie J.
5.0 Stars

Making it to Philippine Tatler as one of 2013's Best Restaurants list is no small feat... that's why I immediately bought some vouchers when I saw it at 45% off on Deal Grocer for P800 128184128525

Theirs is a Japanese buffet only... selection may be limited compared to other hotel buffets but it's pretty darn good!!! 128076

Their Japanese buffet spread includes Sashimi and Sushi 127843 -- Fresh slices of Salmon, Tuna, Squid, Mackarel and White Fish (Forgot the name) & an assortment of sushi rolls on bamboo platters that make for great eye candy 128525

If you're into salads...they have quite a few choices as well...and small dishes of appetizers to stimulate your palate.. A Sukiyaki counter and a chef to whip you a bowl of sweet and savory soup with slices of beefy goodness 128076You'll also be served a basket of Ebi Tempura (good but I only had eyes for my tenderloin 128064)

They have several hot dishes available which I didn't take much notice of, not because they're not yummy but my eyes were set on the Teppanyaki Grill Station -- Fresh beef Tenderloin, Squid, Shrimps, Chicken and Fish are all available for grilling 128525128525128525 Their Beef Tenderloin is Superb specially coated with garlic butter sauce and grilled to perfection 128076I swear I've not eaten that much beef in one sitting 128514

For dessert, fresh fruit and a few choices of pastries, you can order ice cream from the servers, 4 flavors to choose from Wasabi, Red bean, Green Tea and Black Sesame (my fave) Buffet also includes Green Tea, Mango juice, and coffee.

Service was superb and the ambiance was really nice... Such a great dining experience we had here ( okay... stop gushing now 128525) Definitely coming back for more and SOON!

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Jasper S.
5.0 Stars

I think this being a japanese only buffet worked to its advantage. The food tasted well prepared and most were still warm. After my bad experience with the food club, I'm starting to favor buffets with relatively limited offering. They have less dishes to worry about resulting in well-prepared food. I don't have any complaints with the food offered. They are all as what you would expect from a decent japanese restaurant. Most notable will be the tempura prepared fresh per order in your table. The sukiyaki was also prepared fresh and hot. It's been a while since I last had a sukiyaki and I loved it. The salmon heads were also a yummy surprise. I love eating the meat on the salmon's head better than those in the body. The most notable, however, would be the teppanyaki section. It was fresh crispy shrimp and tender beef cooked right in front of you and marinated with just the right kind of teppanyaki taste. I will definitely not hesitate eating here again.

Just a few more tips, the buffet comes with a nice mango juice (not fresh mangoes but still delicious), cold japanese green tea or hot. It also comes with ice cream for dessert. This is aside from those displayed in the buffet. Flavors were black sesami, green tea, red bean and wasabi. Yes WASABI ICE CREAM. The wasabi is just like wasabi with less heat and more sweet.

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Adrian L.
5.0 Stars

This is one Japanese buffet where tempura is the least coveted item on the menu. Don't get me wrong, their ebi tempura was delicious (freshly cooked and generous servings of shrimp!) but there are other more delectable offerings. The Teppanyaki section is the highlight - juicy shrimps grilled to perfection. And don't get me started on the beef - soft, tender chunks of tenderloin bursting with flavor! (Do yourself a favor and order it rare. My first plate was medium rare and it was such a waste of good quality beef.) Other items included in the buffet are sushi, sashimi and sukiyaki. For dessert, do try their two unique flavors of ice cream - wasabi green tea and black sesame. Regular lunch rate is around 1,500 pesos per person but I got a voucher from Deal Grocer and paid only 799! Super sulit!

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Abby T.
5.0 Stars

We're here again!!!

The best squid, steak, shrimp & vegetable teppanyaki!!! They're to die for!!! 128525128525128525

Also, i am in love with their coffee jelly & green tea panna cotta. 128150

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Abby T.
4.0 Stars

Japanese buffet for 1,5k per person, i say this was super sulit! 128077128077128077

For that price, you get:

✔️ fresh sashimi in the forms of tuna, salmon & saba
✔️ more sushi selection
✔️ salad
✔️ squid, ebi & mackerel teppanyaki that's reeeally good
✔️ sukiyaki
✔️ unlimited ebi tempura that's freshly cooked
✔️ coffee jelly & more cakes to choose from
✔️ inclusive of ice cream (black sesame, red bean, matcha green tea or wasabi)
✔️ coffee as well

Call me an amateur, but yeah, tonight's dinner caused me a happy tummy despite being Good Friday. 128591128076128513

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Argee E.
4.0 Stars

A Japanese buffet resto, they serve basic japanese slices of salmon, tuna and a like. Plus their California mali is very tasty. And the salads are very creative in servings. They have fruit slices too. Interiors and mirrors are classy in style. Though they have small space from where the customers fall in line.

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Nicole C.
5.0 Stars

While others may think it's too pricey, I said it's all worth it!! The ambiance, the service, the food all together is worth every penny.

I had dinner with 2 closest friends to celebrate Christmas and this certain dish.. I forgot the name! Yes it's that good :) it's baked oysters on papaya! Perfect blend :)

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Theresa E.
5.0 Stars

Pictured here is Aburi sushi. Let me tell you, this is like tasting a piece of heaven. Normally, I dislike eating sushi because of the seaweed but since this one has not even an iota of the green thing, I decided to give it a try. Boy, was I ever right!

The fish, the squid, the salmon they are all fresh. It practically melts in your mouth once you start to masticate it. The taste, it's so wonderful and succulent, not a hint of staleness whatsoever.

We ordered sukiyaki, sashimi and others but this one left a lasting impression on me and my palate. The best part is, it was a treat by my Singaporean friend. Thanks YC! I was one happy and contented person last night, teehee.

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Audible I.
5.0 Stars

Very authentic japanese food, cozy ambience yet very reasonable prices. Specially during weekend, when they offer buffet at p1,088 net.

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