Unli Korean BBQ at YumEaTeh!, Marikina

Korean barbecue fans, you definitely have something new to be happy about.

Marikina, already home to a vibrant and varied food scene, now has another place that offers all the meats, seafood and side dishes you can eat at super affordable prices.

Located at the Wood Park Food Hub along E. Santos Street, YumEaTeh! has been serving up exciting Korean barbecue packages (named after Japanese icons, of all things!) to Marikina denizens since it began operations early this year.

YumEaTeh, Marikina

As explained by the co-owners, Eric Tan and JM Alcantara, “YumEaTeh” has the same sound as the Japanese word for “stop.” They conceptualized their offers to be so filling that diners will eat their fill until they just want to stop.

YumEaTeh, Marikina

Well, let’s take a look at its much-vaunted unli meal sets, shall we?

All of these already come with soup, plain rice, chao fan (Chinese fried rice), an assortment of banchan (side dishes) like tahong (steamed mussels), lettuce, quail egg bombs, potato salad, cheesy corn, apple slaw and kimchi, not to mention an array of sauces for the meats that include cheese, gravy, chili oil, wasabi mayo, gochujang (Korean red chili paste), ponzu (Japanese sauce) and honey mustard as well as Aice ice cream treats to cap the meal.

Ninja (Php198) gives you four delicious pork flavors such as salt and pepper barbecue, gochujang marinated pork slices, tonkatsu and sisig.

YumEaTeh, Marikina

With Sempai (regularly priced at Php299 | available to YumEaTeh! Loyalty Card Holders for Php249), you can enjoy four different meat flavors that include the pork flavors included in Ninja, as well as chicken, which include salt and pepper, teriyaki and yangyeom (sweet, sour and spicy); squid, which include salt and pepper and yangyeom: and beef, which include salt and pepper, bulgogi and sukiyaki.

YumEaTeh, Marikina

Hokage (Php399), on the other hand, gives you twelve different meat flavors that include the pork, beef, chicken and squid flavors included in Sempai, as well as five-spiced boiled crab, salt and pepper shrimp and ginger garlic mussels.

YumEaTeh, Marikina

Lastly, with Hokage Supreme (Php499), you can enjoy twelve different meat flavors that include the pork, beef, chicken and squid, crab, shrimp and mussels flavors included in Hokage as well as deep-fried and butter garlic crab, butter garlic shrimp and tempura, hotpots of laksa, tantanmen and tomyum/sinigang, deep-fried squid and chicken poppers. This set also comes with a free liter of iced tea for every four people.

YumEaTeh, Marikina

All these sets are guaranteed to satisfy your K-BBQ cravings!

YumEaTeh, Marikina

Celebrating your birthday soon? Take advantage of YumEaTeh!’s Bigger, Better Birthday Promo which give you discounts on your Sempai (Php249) and Hokage Supreme (Php499) meals within ten days of your birthday depending on the number of companions you bring to YumEaTeh!:

  • One full paying adult: 20%
  • Two full paying adults: 30%
  • Three full paying adults: 50%
  • Four full paying adults: 80%
  • Five full paying adults: FREE


  • Thank you to Hungry Byaheros for extending the invitation, and to Eric Tan, JM Alcantara and the staff of YumEaTeh! for having us.

    YumEatEh! Is located at The Wood Park, E. Santos Street, Concepcion Uno, Marikina City, open Sundays to Thursdays from 11.30am to 11pm and Fridays to Saturdays from 11.30am to 11.30pm. For inquiries, call +63 966 4664907.

    YumEatEh! Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

    Disclosure: Together with my fellow foodies, I was invited to join a foodie meetup held here. Food items mentioned here were served to allow us to sample the fare and were not paid for by the attendees, including myself.

    Check out my posts about other Korean restaurants:

    Filling Japanese bento meals at Kazoku, Tomas Morato

    With the welcome break of sunshine after several days of bad weather, a friend and I decided to have lunch out.  We have not gone far from our office building when we noticed a newly opened Japanese restaurant nearby.  Eager to try out something new (and not wanting to walk too far while wearing my wedge heels), we decided to give Kazoku a try.

    Kazoku is the Japanese word for “family.”  It can also refer to the Japanese empire’s hereditary peerage, the nobility, in feudal Japan.

    The restaurant displays several Japanese design sensibilities which include elegant lines and the restrained use of  color.  Here and there in the spacious dining space are splashes of elements that add personality to the space such as a line of Japanese dolls displayed on a counter or the long chandeliers hanging from the high loft-style ceiling.

    Kazoku, Tomas Morato

    Kazoku, Tomas Morato

    Kazoku, Tomas Morato

    Kazoku, Tomas Morato

    Kazoku, Tomas Morato

    What ultimately drew us in to this resto is its bento meals.  Reasonably priced at Php188 each, our bento orders of yakiniku (grilled marinated strips of beef cut sukiyaki style) and chicken teriyaki (tender and juicy chicken pieces broiled with a savory-sweet glaze of soy sauce, mirin and sugar) came with miso soup, cabbage salad, sticky Japanese steamed rice, slices of tuna sashimi and California Maki, quite filling meals considering their price point.

    Kazoku, Tomas Morato

    Kazoku, Tomas Morato

    Kazoku, Tomas Morato

    Kazoku, Tomas Morato

    Kazoku, Tomas Morato

    Other bento offerings include Tori Karaage and Tonkatsu also priced at Php188 each, and Gindara, Shake and Tempura priced at Php288 each.  Bento meals are available weekdays from 11am to 2pm.

    If you brought more of an appetite with you, you can go for its Yakiniku BBQ All You Can Eat offer.  At only Php488++ per person, you can grill and eat your fill of barbecued beef, pork, chicken, sausage and shrimp.  This comes with refillable soup, salad, appetizers and rice, as well your choice of juice or beer. You can even add Php188 to make your beer refillable.

    Kazoku Japanese Restaurant is located at 2nd Floor, The Grandia Place, 143 Mother Ignacia Avenue, Quezon City.  It is open daily from 11am to 11pm.  For inquiries and reservations, call +63 917 8219841.

    Kazoku Japanese Restaurant Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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    My favorite Japanese food at Menya Noodle & Bento Bar, Greenhills

    Japanese cuisine has two main draws for me: ramen and katsu bento. Whenever I’m dining at a Japanese restaurant, I order either of those two staples.

    Imagine my delight when I discovered a new Japanese place that specializes in my two favorite dishes.

    Menya Noodle & Bento Bar is a newly opened Japanese eatery in the Promenade Foodcourt in Greenhills Shopping Center.

    While the resto’s name which translates to “noodle house” (men for “noodle” and ya for “house”) proclaims its specialty in noodles, the owners also recognize the Pinoy preference for rice meals, hence the development of the noodle and bento bar concept.

    Its bar area has a direct view to the open kitchen so that diners can watch the resto’s ramen and bento masters at work. Its interiors have an Asian minimalist aesthetic with both light and dark wood serving as design and architectural elements. While its actual seating area is limited, diners can just order their preferred dishes and have them served at the food court area.

    Menya, Greenhills

    Menya, Greenhills

    Menya, Greenhills

    Menya, Greenhills

    Menya, Greenhills

    During a Zomato Foodie Meet-up recently held here, my fellow foodies and I were able to sample the appetizing dishes that Menya has to offer. These include:

    Ramen

    Menya Tonkotsu Ramen (Php290)

    Menya, Greenhills

    My favorite among all ramen variants, it has a very flavorful 10-hour pork bone broth (developed with the help of a team of Japanese chefs), Menya’s signature noodles and thick yet tender slices of pork chashu.

    Black Garlic Tonkotsu Ramen (Php290)

    Menya, Greenhills

    The Menya Tonkotsu Ramen made even more flavorful and garlicky with the addition of black garlic oil and garlic chips.

    Spicy Tonkotsu Ramen (Php290)

    Menya, Greenhills

    The Menya Tonkotsu Ramen modified to appeal to the more gastronomically adventurous having a red spicy broth and red chili paste.

    Abura Soba (Php320)

    Menya, Greenhills

    The name translates to “oil noodles.”  Since this noodle dish is soupless, much of the flavor resides in Menya’s signature noodles, accompanied by chashu pork belly slices in a premium sesame oil sauce.

    Tsukumen (Php310)

    Menya, Greenhills

    Menya, Greenhills

    A new experience in ramen wherein Menya’s signature noodles are not served within the10-hour pork bone broth but are to be dipped into it.  It comes with a tender chashu pork belly slice on the side.

    Bento Meals (Php290 each)

    All of Menya’s bento meals include fresh salad and Japanese rice which is stickier and more suited in taste and texture to Japanese dishes.

    Pork Tonkatsu Bento

    Menya, Greenhills

    Chicken Teriyaki Bento

    Chicken Karaage Bento

    Menya, Greenhills

    Sides

    It’s hard to fathom how you can still be unsated with your ramen or bento meal but, just in case, you can also order side dishes. They add a change in flavor or texture to the meal or serve as an addtional viand.

    Gyoza (Php130)

    Menya, Greenhills

    Chicken Nan Ban (Php170)

    Chicken Karaage (Php150)

    Chashu Bun (Php130)

    The dishes served were all flavorful and the portions were sizeable, well worth their price tags.

    I can see myself dropping by this Menya store to treat myself to a bowl or Tonkotsu Ramen or a Tonkatsu Bento after a bout of shopping or right before a movie date.

    Menya Noodle and Bento Bar is located at the Food Court, Ground Floor, Promenade, Greenhills Shopping Center, Greenhills, San Juan.  For reservations and inquiries, call +63 2 55 1288.  It is open daily from 10am to 9pm.

    Menya delivers!

    If you’re craving for some noodles or bento meals but don’t have the time to drop by the store in Greenhills, here’s some good news. You can opt to have your Menya orders delivered via Honestbee.

    Care is taken to preserve the freshness and texture of the ramen, in particular. The soup is placed in a microwaveable container so you can reheat it as soon as it arrives at your home or office. The noodles and toppings are placed in a special cornstarch-based packaging (which is good for the environment). You can just drop these on your heated ramen broth and your ramen is ready to eat!

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    Menya Noodle & Bento Bar Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

    Disclosure: Together with other Zomato foodies, I was invited to attend a foodie meet-up held in this restaurant.  All the food items mentioned here were served to allow us to sample the fare and were not paid for by the attendees, including myself.

    Check out my reviews of other Japanese restaurants:

    New Japanese hangout at Omotenashi

    My daughter was craving for gyoza so when she accompanied me to my office last Wednesday, I gave in to her craving by having our lunch at nearby Omotenashi Japanese Restaurant and Bar.

    The term omotenashi directly correlates to Japanese hospitality.  It is the combination of words “omote” which refers to the face one presents to the public and “nashi” which means “nothing.”  The resulting word means “selfless service,” anticipating the needs of the guest and providing service from the heart.

    From the outside, this Quezon City Japanese restaurant may seem like a rowdy drinking hangout, especially with the banners promoting its beer promos.  Inside, however, the decor is more subdued: natural light from the windows is soft which bounces off from the white walls decorated by paintings of fish and traditional Japanese scenery, and pictures of the food offered inside.  That said, I find the interiors lacking the zen quality I’ve come to expect from Japanese restaurants.

    We ordered Gyoza (Php188), Ebi Tempura (Php378 for 5 pieces),Chicken Teriyaki (Php328) and Gomoku Chahan (Php188).  The gyoza, or minced pork dumplings, were served hot and had a good balance between the pork and aromatics in each bite.  The tempura and chicken were well-seasoned and went nicely with the chahan, or Japanese fried rice.

    I took advantage of a reservation app that gave me 20% discount on the food items so, even with a 10% service charge, my total bill came out as less that Php1,000.

    I had some misgivings about the service charge, though. Despite being polite and helpful, the lone wait staff was a long way from the quality of service that the name and tenet of omotenashi implies.  Some more training and support from the restaurant management may be in order.

    This branch of Omotenshi Japanese Restaurant and Bar is located at 42 Sgt. Esguerra Corner Eugenio Lopez Street, South Triangle, Quezon City.  For inquiries, call +63 9178148511.

    Register to Eatigo through this link and get up to 50% off your food bill in this resto and various other restaurants in the metro as well as Php100 worth of rewards.

    Check out my reviews of other nearby Japanese restaurants:

    Omotenashi Japanese Restaurant Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

    Cuteness Overload at Tokyo Bubble Tea

    The Japanese are known for their love of cuteness. Kawaii (“cute,” “lovable” or “adorable”) is a prominent aesthetic in Japanese culture, even food and entertainment.

    Kawaii is at the forefront in Tokyo Bubble Tea’s premises. I recently had lunch there with my officemates, of which one is an avid fan of all things Japan.

    The place has pink pastel-colored walls illustrated with cute, cartoon renditions of food (with lots of character!). Big balls of light illuminate the surroundings, giving it a bright and airy feel. Even the menu features neat design with the same cute food cartoons.

    As I’m still going through my ramen phase, I ordered a Chasu Ramen (Php245) which consist of a miso soup with stewed pork slices, soft-boiled egg and mixed vegetables. I much prefer shio or salt-based ramen but this is ok.

    I was intrigued by my companion’s order: a Teriyaki Chicken Doria (Php255), characterized by oodles of mozzarella cheese oven-baked onto rice topped with teriyaki chicken and a wasabi cream sauce. I vow to try this on my next visit.

    My other companion played safe (in my opinion) by ordering a Katsudon (Php238), pork tonkatsu slices with egg, veggies and a sweet sauce over a bowl of rice.

    We didn’t have the time to sample the Tokyo Bubble Tea’s dessert offerings but that’s what next visits are for!

    This branch of Tokyo Bubble Tea is located at 220 Tomas Morato Avenue corner Scout De Guia, Tomas Morato, Quezon City.

    Tokyo Bubble Tea Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

    Why not try your hand at preparing Japanese cuisine at home?  Check out these recipe books from Amazon.com!

    Want to try some recipes today? There’s no need to leave home to shop for ingredients.  With Honestbee, just order your groceries online and you’ll get them delivered right at your doorstep at your preferred time. Use this referral link and get Php500 off for a minimum spend of Php2,500.  You can download the Honestbee app on iTunes or Google Play.

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