Friday, May 11, 2012
I seldom go all the way to Roxas Boulevard just to eat but since it was a Sunday traffic was very light so it was a quick and easy drive to get to Manila Diamond Hotel where we had lunch with a big group of friends at Yurakuen Japanese Restaurant.
This was my first time to eat at this restaurant.
I loved the bright and large open space the restaurant occupied. It felt like eating in a garden but with air-conditioning.
Almost everyone in our table ordered a set lunch but I didn't want soup, rice and the other extras that came in the set so I ordered a la carte. I started with uni which is a new favorite of mine. It was quite a generous serving and I found it quite fresh and briny. A generous squeeze of calamansi was all it needed.
uni (fresh sea urchin)
My main course was this small black cod fillet. It was well cooked but the sauce was just satisfactory.
I had some teppanyaki veggies on the side. It had lots of fresh mushroom which I liked but I tasted margarine which I didn't like. I should have told them to just use a little oil.
The thick menu had so many different sets for all kinds of appetites. Whether you're really hungry or you want something lighter there's a set for you. This is what the others on our long table ordered. Sets cost from P750 to P3,200.
The kids ordered the tempura udon set and chicken teriyaki set.
We were able to order Japanese Subimi coffee from their Kohikan coffee shop just outside the Japanese restaurant. They had their own menu of coffee concoctions and dessert. I liked the mild charcoal-roasted coffee so much I had two cups!
Kohikan Subimi coffee P160
We tried two cakes from Kohikan as suggested by our server. It was all about the thick, rich and dark icing with the Chocolate Gateau cake. A little bite went a long way to satisfy my chocolate craving.
chocolate gateau P240
The baked cheesecake was not bad either. It was in between a light Japanese cheesecake and a dense NY style cheesecake.
baked cheesecake P240
Kohikan at the Diamond
Yurakuen Japanese Restaurant's menu
Kohikan at the Diamond's menu
Yurakuen Japanese Restaurant
Diamond Hotel Philippines
Roxas Boulevard cor. Dr. J. Quintos St., Manila, Philippines 1000
telephone: (632) 528-3000