Sunday Brunch is always a good idea, especially when it’s Yakumi!

Remember when Chandler Bing from FRIENDS said, “It’s a Sunday. I don’t move on Sunday?” We can totally relate to that, given that it’s our last resting day before we go back to the weekdays, a.k.a work week. But when someone asks us out for brunch, then that’s something that would definitely get us out of bed on a Sunday morning. 

If you’re like us, who loves brunch dates with family or friends during weekends, then you might want to check Yakumi’s latest brunch offering as it reopens its doors for guests Oct. 24 onwards. 

Solaire’s flagship Japanese restaurant Yakumi returns with its famous Yakumi Sunday Brunch: The Art of Shun. /Photos by Hermes Joy Tunac 

The well-loved and popular lineup of top-tier Japanese dishes made by a team of skillful chefs led by Chef Norimasa Kosaka will feature your favorite items with much more attention to service and safety due to the pandemic.  

The luxe Japanese outlet steers from the self-service buffet style. It does away with a-la-minute service—making every serving that lands on your plate—enticingly aromatic and delectably fresh. 

Keeping close to the Japanese culinary concept of “shun,” you can experience key seasonal ingredients at peak perfection that have been transformed into both delicate and bold culinary masterpieces.

Tempura area 

There will be eight stations for the buffet. A private room is dedicated to creating crisp and evenly coated tempuras, while another is for the teppan live station responsible for aromatic dishes filled with savory flavors such as Okonomiyaki, fried rice sautéed vegetables. 

Teppanyaki live station 

The teppanyaki display is also just right across for fresh-off-the-grill items that you’d be eager to get your hands on. 

Take a few steps, and you’ll find yourself face-to-face with space for precise and beautifully sliced sashimi, together with different types of sushi like maki, temaki, and uramaki. 

Yakumi also features traditional nigiri sushi that melts in your mouth 

Seafood presence is also grander at this restaurant, such as an oyster station set to satisfy your cravings for this seawater delicacy. 

Lastly, the yakitori – another Japanese special that takes the spotlight with a station solely for various skewer options. 

For items that you’d like to enjoy together with your buffet picks, you can also order from the a la carte menu, which has been translated to a single-use sheet and a QR code for a safer browsing experience. In addition, you can find items like your favorite ramen and soups and other must-haves like sukiyaki and shabu-shabu.

Apart from the much-enjoyed Japanese mains, desserts are also another specialty in their extensive arsenal of gastronomic creations. 

Desserts take on a new look as Yakumi presents its roster of sweets in classic bento boxes. The clean birchwood planks allow the vibrancy of each type of dessert to stand out, enticing the eye and drawing in the palate. One can enjoy sweet treats with Japanese flavors from the mochi of the day, a yuzu berry mille-feuille, a strawberry matcha cream puff, green tea, an azuki bean roll, and fresh fruits. 

One novel attraction for this segment of the meal is the candy trolley. Various jars filled with different types of Japanese candies will be displayed for your picking and can be placed in candy paper bags for you to take home.

Yakumi Sunday Brunch: The Art of Shun is available at Yakumi from 11:30 AM to 2:30 PM. Price is at P2899+ per person. 

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