Yakitori One at SM Aura Premier


Yakitori One at SM Aura Premier

While chanced upon Yakitori One while checking out SM Aura Premier's Food Court {Food on Four} a couple of weeks ago. Meat on a stick has long been a favorite of ours. Yakitoris being grilled in the enclosed work area was the other drawing factor for us. 

Yakitori One at SM Aura Premier


Yakitori One at SM Aura Premier counter

You can order per stick or as a pseudo rice topping. Three sticks per person is just about right.

Yakitori One at SM Aura Premier


Yakitori One at SM Aura Premier menu


Yakitori One at SM Aura Premier menu


Yakitori One at SM Aura Premier yakitori being grilled

There are already grilled yakitori in the display glass case at the counter. Those are the ones they usually serve; but if you're willing to wait a bit, you may request for newly cooked ones. 

Yakitori One at SM Aura Premier grilling area

I procrastinated in taking a shot of the revolving grill while it was still full of yakitori because I was so hungry already. Right after I ate, I took a photo and this is what I got. Useless, I know. Oh, well.

Yakitori One at SM Aura Premier revolving yakitori grill


Yakitori One at SM Aura Premier
Yakitori display glas area at the counter

Asparagus Pork Wrap-Pork Butabara

Yakitori One at SM Aura Premier pork butabara and asparagus pork wrap

Yakitori {kushiyaki} is a dish that's highly dependent on its basting sauce. I think they nailed this one. It's a perfect combination of sweet and salty; not overpowering. The consistency was also good. But of course, the sauce alone won't be able to mask a badly cooked yakitori or a loused up meat. They didn't have either when we went there, by the way.

Asparagus wrapped in thinly sliced pork belly is a big, big yes for me. Yakitori One's version is {taste-wise} pretty good. The wrap was juicy and soft with delicious burnt parts, while the asparagus retained its crunchy yet tender texture. It would've been great if the wraps are a little big bigger though.

If you're into full fat flavor, I suggest you get the pork butabara. I'm probably gonna get slapped by those who are heavily into healthy eating but the truth is, I like fats! Scratch that, I love 'em! I take comfort in the fact that this is grilled, hence "healthier". Excuses, excuses.

Yakitori One at SM Aura Premier pork butabara and asparagus pork wrap


Chicken & Garlic-Chicken Skin

Chicken skin is where all the mind-blowing flavors are. I've never been a fan of that whole removing-the-skin thing. I say, eat it! Most of the fats in chicken skin are monounsaturated, anyway. I found a really solid excuse this time.

The chicken skin doused with tare sauce was delicious! A part of its crunchy factor was lost due to the sauce, naturally, but it's good nonetheless. The chicken & garlic was average. The chicken was overcooked and dry.

Yakitori One at SM Aura Premier chicken and garlic and chicken skin


Pork Butabara-Chicken Skin

Yakitori One at SM Aura Premier chicken skin and pork butabara

This is our youngest's combo. I like the way Yakitori One's rice was cooked, by the way. It's fluffy and has a certain bite that can make you want to go for another bowl. It's topped with pickled ginger, shredded nori and sauce from the yakitori. 

Yakitori One at SM Aura Premier Chicken skin and pork butabara

We've been to Yakitori One thrice after our first visit to try out more. Apart from the ones mentioned, I also like their Chicken Thigh, Chicken Balls and Quail Egg Pork Wrap.

Quality: 3/5
Service: 4/5
Price: 3/5
Ambiance: 3/5
Cleanliness: 4/5

Yakitori One
4th Level Food on Four SM Aura Premier
26th Street corner Carlos P. Garcia Avenue, Taguig City, Metro Manila, Philippines
Twitter: @yakitorione

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