If you love buffets, you must have jumped from your seat when you found out that Yakimix was opening a branch here in Cagayan de Oro. The eat-all-you-can smokeless grill restaurant offers an endless feast of Japanese, Korean, and Chinese cuisine. It’s a haven for foodies, particularly those who love Asian food.
Last February 12, Yakimix opened its doors to Kagay-anons. I was lucky enough to have been invited along with some of my blogger-friends. Although I wasn’t a first-time Yakimixer, it had been years since I enjoyed a Yakimix feast. So, I prepared myself by not eating lunch (I actually had brunch at 10am). There was no way I wasn’t going to enjoy a good feast on a Sunday!
I arrived at Yakimix a few seconds past seven in the evening. In some restaurants, 7pm would be the time when people started getting in. But Yakimix was already full when I got there. In fact, there was a waiting line outside. Good thing our host reserved a room for us.
After exchanging pleasantries with other guests, the first thing I did was go around the restaurant to take a video and some photos. I knew I wouldn’t be up for it after feasting on all the goodies I was planning to devour that night! I found an opportunity to check out the physical layout of the place. It was spacious, yes. It could accommodate a lot of diners, and there were function rooms, too (like the one we dined in). The interiors are pretty much the same with Yakimix Greenbelt. Simple and clean. The place is also well-lighted. It was also cold! Brrrrr!!!!
Going around also allowed me to observe people’s reactions. Many of those who were there were first-timers, so it was a whole new experience for them. Everyone was game, though, and ready to experiment and try out as many dishes as they can.
When I finally decided I had enough photos, I trooped to the buffet tables and started “assembling” my feast for that evening.
For the first round, I decided to grill. On my plate were a variety of seafood and some pork & beef. I thought of getting different dips and sauces but chose to enjoy my grilled food as is. That was something new for me because I’ve always been a dips and sauces person, especially when eating my grilled favorites. Anyway, I opted for soup instead of rice and then got a glass of rootbeer.
My friend, Shaun, and I enjoyed grilling our food. Yakimix has grills on every table, so you can cook your food any way you want to. Since the grills are smokeless, you don’t have to worry about smoke getting into your eyes or sticking to your clothes. So even if you grill the whole night, you’ll go home still smelling good!
For those who do not like to grill, Yakimix has an extensive selection of cooked food. This was what round two was all about for me. One of my favorites is the salt & pepper shrimp (which I had a lot of that night!). There are other special dishes you’ll love, like their version of the crispy pata and spicy chicken. And if you’re a soup lover like me, you’ll have the time of your life savoring three variations, including the make-your-own Sukiyaki soup.
Japanese food fans will love going back to the buffet table several times to try out all the sushi and sashimi varieties Yakimix has. I wanted to get a little of everything, but I had to leave room for dessert. So, I decided to play safe and stick to my favorite sushi preparations.
Dessert was fun time for me as I decided to play around with all the colorful and sweet stuff on the buffet table. There was a chocolate fountain, but I decided to go for candies. Lots of candies!
I also made my own halo-halo. Technically, it was just shaved ice with milk and nata de coco – just the way I want it.
I sealed my Yakimix feast with orange-flavored Twin Popsies. My favorite frozen delight. But since there is a cart of ice cream and frozen delights, you can choose your flavor/s and your cold treat. Beside the ice cream cart are cakes, cakes, and more cakes. Yes, Yakimix is heaven for people with a sweet tooth!
In case you’re wondering…Yes, you’ll get to enjoy unlimited drinks, too. I had around three glasses of rootbeer that night. If you’re not a soda lover, you can have as many glasses of iced tea as you want; or you can try out their lemonades. There’s even a coffee machine for those who want a caffeine fix after the food fiesta.
I went home full and satisfied that night. And thankful that I got to experience dining the Yakimix way again. I know that won’t be the last time, though, as I’m sure Yakimix is here to stay in CDO.
If you haven’t tried the Yakimix eat-all-you-can experience yet, now is the time to do so. Take note, though, that Yakimix serves buffet only twice a day – at lunch (from 11 AM to 2:30 PM) and for dinner (from 5 PM to 10:30 PM). Lunch buffet on weekdays is at Php499 per person, while the weekend (Saturday to Sunday, including holidays) rate is at Php599 person. For dinner buffet, you pay Php599 all days of the week. If you have kids below 4 feet, you’ll pay only Php299 any day of the week. Children below 3 feet can dine for FREE.
Make sure you’re really hungry or ready to feast when you dine at Yakimix, or you’ll have to pay the Php700 leftover fee if you don’t finish everything on your plate!
For those who are celebrating their birthday anytime soon, celebrate at Yakimix by dining with three of your friends or loved ones. Don’t forget to bring your ID and a copy of your birth certificate as proof of your birthday, so you can dine for free and pay for only three persons. The Yakimix 3+1 special is good for your birthday month.
To dine in comfort, it is advisable to call ahead of time for reservations. The numbers to call are 088-8591159, 088-859 1161, and 0956-8769381.
Located at Cagayan Town Center at the corner of Captain Vicente Roa Extension and General Antonio Luna Sts., Yakimix is definitely the place to be if you want a complete and satisfying meal. So, mag eat-all-you-can na and be a certified Yakimixer!
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