Right before the holidays ended, my nomming buddy and I trooped to SM Mall of Asia to try the fairly new eat-all-you-can restaurant called YakiMIX for dinner. It comes highly recommended by my cousin Raffy, so we thought to give ourselves a treat, forget about dieting for the meantime, and just enjoy the last few days of the year (by fattening up s’more) with good nomz.
Just in time for dinner, we got to the mall at around seven in the evening armed with empty stomachs and bigger-than-usual appetites. We forgot to take into account that it was the season where many are out and about, and festivities are happening left and right, most of them involving family, friends and food. MOA was so fully booked that it took us half an hour just to find parking. Hungrier than ever, we headed straight for YakiMIX and discovered with grumbling stomachs that it was packed to the seams, and there was a waiting list of fifty.
|Outside (while to get in), the buffet area, and our table.|
With fifty in line, it seemed impossible to get called within the next hour. Slightly dejected, we put our names on the list and decided to find something to tide our hunger over just until we get a table. By the time we got back, about fifteen minutes later, our party had already been called and defaulted back to the end of the list. Thankfully, the wait wasn’t long. We got in within ten minutes, and we went straight for the buffet.
The buffet area is divided into different sections, one small corner is for the soups and rows and rows of sushi, a section for raw meat, another section for cooked food, and another area is for desserts. We decided to get separate plates, one for raw meat and another for sushi and cooked dishes.
|Loved the sukiyaki (the brown soup in the upper left corner photo)|
There’s an assortment of raw meat available for grilling- they had unlimited shrimps, salmon, bacon, steak, sausages, among many others and we got a little bit of everything (even the weird looking ones). By the time we got back to our table, the grill was greased with butter and warm enough to get things started. We set most of the meat on the griller and got started on the appetizers while waiting for it to cook.
Now, I am of zero use in the kitchen but having to cook my food in a restaurant always fascinates me. I never know what to do at first, and I always ask the servers before I do something stupid and humiliate myself. When I find out that it’s as simple as putting the meat in, waiting for it to brown and then turning it over, I happily proceed to “cook” and proudly serve the end result (if they aren’t burnt).
Grilling the meats at YakiMIX was (mostly) successful, but I like the fact that they have ready made food for you to busy your mouths with while cooking. For cooked food, they had typical Asian fare, with Japanese tempura, Chinese fried rice, Filipino mixed vegetables, fried tofu and others to choose from. It was a feast fit for a king!
After gorging on all the filling nomz, at last, it was time for dessert (there’s always room!). Even before starting dinner, I had already checked out what sweets were available and was very happy to see that besides the cakes, fruit salads, brownies, puddings, fresh fruits; there were tubs of ice cream in different flavors available for unlimited scooping. We tried some of the other deserts but ended up going for a second round of ice cream.
Although you won’t be seeing us back soon (we need to lose all the holiday weight), all in all, it was 580 pesos well spent. The servers were friendly enough, the ambiance was fancy, we ate to our hearts’ content leaving our tummies full to bursting as we headed out slurping fruit popsicles (from the dessert section of the buffet).
YakiMIX Sushi, Smokeless Grill, and Restaurant
Location: G/F SM Mall of Asia, Pasay City
Contact Info: 836-1535 to 37
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