August 03, 2018

YOI in Poblacion, Makati: A Taste of Japan and Scandinavia

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    Just when you thought you’ve tasted everything that restaurants in Poblacion Makati had to offer, Yoi, a restaurant that puts the strong flavors of Asian and Scandinavian cuisine together in one plate, will make you think again.

    Located just below Agimat Foraging Bar and Kitchen, Yoi offers its customers brand new flavors that you may not be able to find anywhere else in Makati.

    Inside the restaurant is graffiti art, designed to captivate Yoi’s customers—from its initial plain design (an ode to Scandinavian design), various graffiti artists, who are friends with the owner, were invited to design the walls as street art is highly valued in Japan.

    What adds to the appetizing appeal of this restaurant is the place where the food is prepared. Yoi’s chefs prepare the meals being served where it is visible to people.

    A few of Yoi’s best selling meals are Salmon and sheep’s liver-mixed shari (Php 560), Fish & Liver (Php 320), Kropkakka (Php 220), and Kladkakka (Php 360).

    Salmon and sheep’s liver-mixed shari (Php 560)

    Fish & Liver (Php 320)

    Kropkakka (Php 220)

    Kladkakka (Php 360)

    A minibar can also be seen just a door away from the restaurant. The owner highlights Yoi’s list of sake which changes every month, though their top stop-selling sake is usually Daimon.

    Yoi’s mini bar

    Yoi has 30 different bottles of sake on its menu

    Due to the overflowing number of people that flock to Poblacion late at night, customers are advised not to bring their cars as the parking is limited in Poblacion.

    Whether you’re out searching for brand new taste to satisfy your cravings, or just looking for a peaceful night alone, Yoi restaurant in Poblacion is surely a place for you. 

    This first appeared in Philippine Primer Japanese Magazine’s August 2018 issue.

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