Yoshimeatsu's Unlimited Yakiniku (Samgyupsal) for P549

Yoshimeatsu's Japanese Unlimited Yakiniku (Samgyupsal) for P549

Just when we thought that the samgyup-word is starting to become monochromatic, we suddenly stumbled upon Yoshimeatsu that elevated the experience further. Interesting varieties of side dishes and meat. Organized technology-driven ordering system. High value for money. This definitely puts more pressure to existing chains in the competition. Let's have a better look!

Yoshimeatsu Taft, cor Pablo Ocampo and Arellano Street

Yoshimeatsu has multiple branches spreading from north (Quezon City) to partly south (Makati), but this particular branch we explored is along Pablo Ocampo near the Taft Universities (e.g. DLSU, St. Scholastica, CSB, etc.).

You can easily spot the establishment where Yoshimeatsu is housed due to the stark red from Kukuruku restaurant as well as the the container van design. Then, you shall take the stairs going to the restaurant itself.

Yeahkiniku Neon Signage - Yoshimeatsu

However, right before you enter the restaurant, you will be greeted by a yellow neon signage which says #YEAHkiniku. Of course, this makes a great backdrop for some shoot, so we didn't hesitate to use it.

Renz Cheng in Yoshimeatsu Taft

Once you enter, you will be enveloped by the meat's aroma. However, it's a good thing that the place is well-ventilated. You don't have to worry about any smoke wafting through the place. Just like other samgyup places, the temperature sometimes goes up to an uncomfortable level, but it's generally conditioned.

Interior of Yoshimeatsu Taft, Manila

Just to avoid confusion, Yoshimeatsu is a Japanese restaurant, which means it goes by the term yakiniku. However, this is synonymous to samgyupsal given our context. The only difference is samgyupsal is Korean. Regardless, both refers to our favorite grilled barbecue.

Menu of Yoshimeatsu Yakiniku

Since I wasn't able to take a very clear photo of the menu, let me enumerate them for you.

19 Side Dishes. Gohan, Buttered Kimchi Rice (recommended), Cheese, Lettuce, Kani Salad, Seasoned Egg, Aji Tamago, Pamuchim, Miso Soup, Kimchi, Buta Dumplings, Tazukri, Yoshi Ebi Maki, California Maki, Spicy Tuna Maki, Kyoto Beef Roll, Kani Tempura, Ebi Tempura and Mashed Potato.

13 Grilling. Sliced Beef, Curry Beef, Spicy Beef Yakiniku, Sliced Fatty Beef Yakiniku, Herbed Pork, Spicy Sliced Pork Boquet, Pork Intestine, Yangnyeom Pork, Sakana Tofu, Wiener Sausage, Seafood Cheeseball, Chicken Liver and Chicken Yakitori

Digital ordering system of Yoshimeatsu Samgyupsal

Aside from the term, how is Yoshimeatsu different from other samgyupsal places?
Since this restaurant infuses Japanese context, you can find side dishes from the said cuisine. These are commonly not found in other samgyup places, and therefore make the experience more unique. Plus, they have this digital ordering system wherein you tap your orders and refills via the touch screen found on your table.

Yoshimeatsu Samgyupsal and Yakiniku, Manila

They prepare and assemble the orders and deliver them to you in a range of 5-15 minutes. This process saves you the effort of getting the attention of the servers and repeatedly following up.

Ebi Tempura in Yoshimeatsu Unlimited Yakiniku
Ebi Tempura Side Dish

Aji Tamago Side Dish of Yoshimeatsu Yakiniku
Aji Tamago Side Dish

Pork Intestine in Samgyupsal Place - Yoshimeatsu
Tasty Pork Intestine - something very unique for a samgyupsal place!

Tazukuri in Yoshimeatsu Unlimited Samgyupsal
Tazukuri or what we commonly call dilis - simple yet sumptuous!

It's surprising that the meat we had maintained their quality all throughout our stay. The grill can also accommodate lots of meat at the same time, which by itself is an advantage already compared to other samgyupsal places.

Vibrant and fresh sliced beef in Yoshimeatsu
Vibrant and fresh sliced beef in Yoshimeatsu

Sliced Fatty Beef of Yoshimeatsu Yakiniku
Sliced Fatty Beef for those with prominent fat tooth

Grilling meet and cheese in Yoshimeatsu
There is a container in the grilling pan for the cheese!

Herbed Pork of Yoshimeatsu Unlimited Yakiniku
Herbed Pork of Yoshimeatsu Yakiniku

Just look at how lively the color of the meats were - a sign of great quality!

Unlimited Grilled BBQ, Yakiniku and Samgyup in Yoshimeatsu

To make the ending much sweeter, literally, each person is given a free serving of ice cream. Flavors vary depending on the day, but ours were ube macapuno and buko pandan. Again, this is another elevation in the experience, which you won't find in other samgyupsal places.

Free soft-serve ice cream in Yoshimeatsu Unli Samgyupsal

All three of us agreed that this is now our newest favorite yakiniku/samgyupsal place! Happy smiles from happy tummies.

Renz, Edna and Emil in Yoshimeatsu, Manila

How to get there? You may want to take LRT-1 and take a stop in Vito Cruz station, from there you can have a 10-minute walk going to the place. If you are familiar with Nathaniel buses which takes a route from SM San Lazaro to Ayala Triangle, you may also take that one, and you can ask to be dropped before it take a turn to Arellano Street. With just a few steps, you'll reach Yoshimeatsu.

Yoshimeatsu - Overall Ratings and Summary

Note: Unshaded stars are equivalents of half-stars. The ratings reflect my personal experiences on the times I dine here.
Ambiance: ★★★★
Taste: ★★★★★
Service: ★★★★★
Price/Value: ★★★★★
Budget: at least of P549 each for unlimited pork, beef and side dishes 
No. of visits for this particular restaurant/branch - 1 || Date of latest visit - October 19, 2019

Yoshimeatsu dethroned Romantic Baboy as my most favorite yakiniku/samgyupsal place. With a more varied selection, better flow of orders and very reasonable pricing, Yoshimeatsu was able to take a huge lead among other competitors. It's a must-try!

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Location: Arellano Street cor P. Ocampo Street, Manila, Metro Manila
Service Charge: NONE

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