YakiMix Sushi Smokeless Grill All-You-Can-Eat Restaurant, a popular Japanese buffet and smokeless grill restaurant in Manila, had its grand opening on Sunday, February 12, 2017, at their new abode at the Cagayan Town Center at the corner of Capt. Vicente Roa and Antonio Luna Streets, a few meters from Graphics All-in Store.
Since Kagay-anons love to eat at all-you-can-eat buffet styled restaurants, it was only a matter of time before a popular buffet restaurant opens in Cagayan de Oro, and YakiMix Restaurant has timely met that challenge. However, unlike other buffets served in other restaurants, YakiMix offers its own brand of buffet style.
They serve their buffets only twice, at lunchtime (around 11:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.) and at dinner time (around 5:00 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.), daily. On each table is a smokeless grill. When a table is occupied, a table attendant fires up the grill since customers aren’t allowed to operate it.
The grill is smokeless so diners don’t have to worry about smelling like smoke when you leave the restaurant. The buffet table serves mostly Japanese dishes with a spattering of Asian cuisines from other countries. On one side is the uncooked section with a selection of various raw meats, mussels, shrimps, beef, bacon, chicken, and the like. This is what you bring back to grill at your table. They’ve already been marinated so no need to play around with sauces.
On the other end is a cooked section for those who decide not to grill anything. There’s a long sushi section that can drive the most avid sushi lover crazy. All of their food is clearly named so you know what you’re eating. You’ll also find tempura, broccoli beef, some chicken dishes, steamed vegetables, and pasta.
They have a dessert section with a whole range of leche flan, ice cream, cheesecakes, and make-your-own halo-halo or dessert.
Drinks also come with the buffet so you can drink as much as you want from the selection of soda drinks, iced tea, lemonades, and other fruit juices.
Lunch buffet price from Monday – Friday is P499. Dinner is fixed at P599 on all days while lunch on Saturday, Sunday, and holidays is at P599 as well. Children below 3 feet are free (your child must be a leprechaun to be this short) while children below 4 feet (this is more realistic) is at P299. They’re strict with leftovers and will charge P700 per plate, so get only what you can actually eat.
During the Grand opening, City Mayor Oscar Moreno and Miss Cagayan de Oro 2016 Ms. Sherlyn Doloriel were spotted with their entourage partaking of the buffet.
YakiMix is quite popular in Manila, with branches at SM North Edsa, SM Mall of Asia, Hobbies of Asia on Macapagal Boulevard, Tomas Morato Street, Greenbelt 3, Trinoma Mall, The Podium, Robinsons Manila, Alabang, Malate, and Bonifacio Global City. They now have branches in SM Masinag in Antipolo, and SM Cabanatuan. In VisMin they are now open in Cebu Escario, SM Seaside Cebu, Davao, General Santos City, and now in Cagayan de Oro.
It has been reported (and based on this writer’s experience in YakiMix Robinsons Manila) that on most days and especially at dinner time, the restaurants can be packed to the brim, so it’s advisable to call in ahead for reservations if you’re going with the family or a large group of friends. People will also eventually notice that all YakiMix branches look almost the same, down to how their buffet is served and even the tables and decorations.
Before their soft opening in CDO, YakiMix conducted a Facebook contest by simply answering the question, “Why do you want to be a certified YakiMixer? The three lucky Cagayanons who won are Razel May Gulac, Ivalen Dela Tore-Hibaya, and Kathleen Ann.