Tuesday, July 26, 2011

YakiMIX, Greenbelt 3: Korean, Japanese, and Cantonese Buffet for Everyone

While I enjoy eating at buffets, I'm quite picky when it comes to restaurants that offer them. You can only take me to a buffet lunch or dinner if it's highly-recommended by friends, I love the cuisine on offer, I'm curious about the restaurant or better yet, it's for free. I've always wanted to try the popular YakiMIX buffet (and the all-new Sambokojin buffet that has the same food selection as YakiMIX's) and I finally did last Sunday afternoon at their Greenbelt 3 branch. I was with the fiancee, his sister A and our friend A. We were there for lunch and we intentionally stuffed ourselves with mounds of food before watching the much-anticipated Harry Potter finale in 3D.


Arriving at the restaurant at exactly 12:00 noon, we found ourselves wait listed for a table. You wouldn't believe it but we were the 16th in the list! After enduring the loooooong wait of an hour and 20 minutes, we got seated in one of the spacious tables with comfortable red couches. Eating began as soon as we tossed our bags onto our seats.


Some food items I spotted:

Broiled beef tripe
Glass noodles in chicken broth
different kinds of Korean side dishes (beansprouts kimchi, chopped radish kimchi, summer green kimchi, white cabbage)

Sushi (in various flavors)
Maki (in various flavors)
Tuna and Salmon sashimi
beef- and bacon-wrapped enoki mushrooms
wide selection of marinated and fresh meat for smokeless grilling right on your table (prawns, squid, beef barbecue, pork barbecue, chicken barbecue, cocktail hotdogs, pork luncheon meat, bacon, shiitake mushrooms, tuna, salmon, etc.)

Yang Chow fried rice
Sweet and sour pork
Broccoli with mushrooms
beef strips with teriyaki sauce, seafood roll,
crunchy squid
chicken and corn soup
bird’s nest soup

YakiMIX buffet selection was impressive. There was so much food and I didn't know where to start. You can choose to go for the cooked items first and go back for the uncooked ones. Or do the reverse. As for me, I filled my plate with raw meat for grilling.



Then, I went back for the cooked items that caught my interest. I loved their Yang Chow fried rice that had generous servings of shrimps, ham and vegetables.


I also got some sushi and maki rolls. After that, I went back for some tempura, yakisoba and more of those crunchy squid that tasted real good when dipped in their special vinegar.



Feeling too full already, I got some orange wedges to clean my palate before ending my satisfying YakiMIX meal with some desserts.



Other dessert items I saw were ice cream and sprinkles, egg tarts, mini muffins, etc.


The food at YakiMIX were good but nothing exceptional. I loved their tempura and crunchy squid and I couldn't get enough of their bacon-wrapped sprouts and asparagus. For me, these are the must-try items from the buffet.



I also liked their choices of raw meat and I loved how they provided each table with a smokeless grill. It gives a good alternative for those who want to enjoy grilled food in a cozier place and minus the burnt smell that sticks on the clothes.


Dining at YakiMIX is affordable. With several buffet stations filled with various kinds of food, you actually get more than what you pay for. Take a look at their buffet rates below:

Monday to Friday LUNCH : P499
Monday to Friday DINNER, Weekend ALL DAY: P599
Children below 4ft: P380
Drink all you can: P75

Some tips when dining at YakiMIX:

1. Don't be overwhelmed by the wide selection of food on the buffet. It could make you feel stuffed fast and worse, dizzy. Just relax, enjoy the food and chew everything slowly. You have at most 3 hours to stay, anyway.

2. For the raw meat, get and cook only what you can consume. We made the mistake of getting one plateful of various raw meat each. We had a hard time finishing all that we took because the cooked items on the buffet easily filled us up. YakiMIX implements a "No Leftover Policy" at P699. Better be safe than sorry.

3. Get desserts early, unless it's ice cream that melts easily. Desserts run out fast and when it's near the last call already, they don't refill the dessert station anymore. (Last call to the buffet stations is 2:30 p.m. The restaurant closes at this time and opens again at 5:30 p.m. for dinner.)

4. Drink only when necessary. This is self-explanatory. Don't drink a lot so you don't feel full fast. I dunno but unlike others, I tend to drink only once I finish my meal. When I started eating at buffets, I found out this was an advantage. :)

their blue lemonade was my drink of choice!

One look and one can easily say that YakiMIX's target market are families and friends. The place can be very noisy and crowded but I think it's understandable. It's a busy restaurant and they serve lotsa food which can easily perk up everyone's mood.



YakiMIX (Sushi. Smokeless Grill. Restaurant)
3/F, Greenbelt 3
Ayala, Makati

(+632) 998-8039
(+632) 475-5153

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  1. My friend has just let me on this, we were just talking about this, good thing they have it in Greenbelt! This I've got to try! thanks!

  2. @joy: yes, go and try it. it's worth the price. :)

  3. I like this review so much. I tried Yakimix before and I will definitely go back on my birthday next week! :) Thank you for this very informative review. More of this. God bless! :)


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