TORI YAMU | MINDANAO’S FIRST ROBOT-GRILLED BBQ

MRS. A

MINDANAO'S FIRST ROBOT GRILLED BBQ

 

Robot Grilled Barbecue, you say?

Okay, this is not the human-like robot that I bet you are thinking about right now, but I’m actually talking about a special machine that cooks Yakitori to close perfection. Now how does that sound?

Yakitori, commonly known as a Japanese type of skewered chicken, is one of Japan’s popular street foods. This is also one of the best sellers of Mindanao’s First Robot Grilled Barbecue food stop, Tori Yamu.

Tori Yamu, which had its soft opening  last March 22, 2017, is owned by Jerico Glenn Lao and Evangelie Yu – Lao . The young couple got the inspiration of putting up the region’s first robot grilled restaurant when they chanced upon Tori Q, a restaurant with the same concept, in Singapore.

INTERIORS

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The color scheme of Tori Yamu is more on Yellow and Black, giving the place a warm but welcoming tone. Yellow and Black tandem is the highest contrast color combination and that is the type of combination that catches the attention of customers even from a far.

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The cooking/grilling area can be seen from the outside. The customers can actually see how the staff prepares and grills the food that the former ordered.

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Meet the robot – the Automatic Yakitori Griller. This is where the Yakitori is broiled before reaching the final stages for completion. The temperature and speed of the machine is the right combination to achieve the ideal Japanese skewer.

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Flat Griller – the final step for Yakitori perfection

Banban and Glenn, as the owners are fondly called, wanted to incorporate the inspiration they got from Singapore into their vision of putting up a restaurant which, despite being indoors, gives out a Japanese Street Food vibe. Just like eating on the street, you can actually watch while your food is being grilled through the clear glass, minus the dust, smoke from the grill and unpredictable weather since the restaurant is housed indoors.

FOOD

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What I ordered (L-R): Pork Belly Roll, Chicken Skin and Chicken Thigh; rice Php 30 – Total of Php 131 which already comes with Red Iced Tea

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What Mr. A ordered: Y3 Meal – Bacon Quail Egg, Bacon Asparagus, Pork Belly Roll with Rice and Red Iced Tea – Php 148

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Shredded Nori as rice toppers

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Red Iced Tea

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Coffee Jelly for dessert – Php 25

I bet once or twice in your life, you will experience “love at first taste” on food. As for me, this is probably it. I usually fall in love at first taste with desserts but this is the first time I professed my love for viands. I have tasted my fair share of Japanese barbecues in the country and abroad but what made Tori Yamu’s skewers stand out is the juiciness present in every bite. The meat is so soft and tender, and I’m sure the automatic griller is the one responsible for this aspect. As for the servings, each skewer contains a generous amount of meat and really gives your money’s worth. The price is just right for me.

MENU

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You get a free red iced tea when you order three barbecues plus one cup of rice. Their best sellers here include Pork Belly, Chicken Thigh and Chicken Karaage.

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Eight Combo meals to choose from

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For their Yamu Street Food series, their best sellers are Octopus Takoyaki and Seafood Yakisoba

As evidenced by their menu, all their food offerings are indeed reasonably priced. Even my friends who have tried Tori Yamu said the same thing – affordable, generous servings, great service and even greater food.

Craving for Japanese Street Food is possible without the need to actually go to the Land of the Rising Sun thanks to TORI YAMU. What makes it even better is that it is located inside a mall so there’s no need to worry about the unpredictable weather. One can enjoy Japanese Street Food, rain or shine.

TORI YAMU JAPANESE STREET FOOD is located at the third floor of SM Lanang Premier Mall.

Check out their Facebook page HERE.

 

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