November 3, 2021 | 2:16 p.m.
MANILA, Philippines — Authentic Japanese restaurant Yakumi recently reopened at Solaire Resort in Parañaque City with safety guidelines in place.
In an exclusive interview with Philstar.comSolaire’s vice president for food and beverage, Bastian Breuer, said Yakumi’s main advantage over its competitors is the authenticity of their menus.
“This restaurant is all Japanese. It’s all about freshness and variety. We have a very wide variety of items, from sushi, sashimi, yakitori, a very wide variety of items. As you can see, we prepare a lot of fresh brunch items,” Breuer said.
The restaurant has also closed its private rooms and converted them into kitchen theaters for customers to see how their food is prepared.
“Usually private rooms are booked. Now for brunch we have decided to convert them into kitchen theaters. It’s all about craftsmanship. We don’t do much at the back of the house, everything is done in front of the guests to show the chef’s freshness and know-how,” explains Breuer.
“It was very important to us – we want the guests to feel and see the freshness and the tempura on the other side. Yeah, freshly made tempura,” he added.
Breuer said beef and seafood dishes are the most popular on the menu. Ramen is also available.
“I mean I would challenge you to try every dish, but you can’t… But yeah, it’s a really nice variety here,” he said.
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He said that now that it was “Ber” months, they felt it was the perfect time to relaunch the restaurant.
“We felt it was now to relaunch it, of course, with full respect for safety rules. We check the vaccination cards, there is social distancing. As you can see, the customer can’t really touch the food… We’re making sure there’s no cross-contamination or infection, so we felt the time was right,” said he declared.
Breuer added that customers must be fully vaccinated to dine at the restaurant. Their staff are also fully vaccinated.
“Everyone must be vaccinated. We check the vaccination certificate, (customers must be) fully vaccinated. Of course, face shield and face mask without a doubt (are mandatory). All our team members are vaccinated,” he said.