Yasuragi means harmony.
True enough, Yasuragi Japanese Cuisine is in harmony with likewise the local taste. Prior to moving to their new address, I have perceived their previous tucked-away location amidst La Trinidad Valley’s farm land to be congruous to Japan’s prefecture-like setting as harmonious with their complementing local version for a signature sushi, the Yasuragi Roll – a strawberry-topped sushi. It’s a taste of the local produce in its western-influenced form yet it blends well with its contemporary nontraditional integration and consumption.
When they transferred to a rather bustling location in Baguio, aside from the perceptible difference however, they’re yet in harmony with their delectable offerings.
Japanese cuisine (particularly sushi) has been sumptuously popular here among us despite of its apparent lack of authenticity as compared to how it is really in Japan. Nevertheless, Yasuragi lives up to its nonnative modification to the core with its own local touch to a fusion of distinct regional variation for a flavor with their signature sushi as above-mentioned.
Other than sushi of course, they’re on course with variations of a full course. Starting off with the Yasuragi Sashimi; their salmon seemed to be of choice cut, succulent and fresh. It was as well so appetizing to possibly serve as a viand for a main course. That’s the Pinoy in me though, yet with my apparent “abomination” for a mixture of the wasabi and the soy sauce as a dip, it was a luscious affair with my “native tongue” both literally and a parlance for a universal utterance ~ “Mmmmmm!!”
For the cold weather, a hot noodle soup will always serve to be a welcome treat.
Their sukiyaki made it a ‘warm welcome’ as it had that comforting vibe. True to its element as a winter dish in Japan, Yasuragi’s sukiyaki, served in a hot pot, had that certain harmonizing blend of flavors. Neither was it too sweet like most of the ones we’ve tried nor was it too salty. It diffuses that coziness with every sip and slurp of the noodles as you (pun-intentionally) “canoodle” the warmth…
Then from their Makimono selection, we tried their California Maki, Bacon Roll and the Crunchy Salmon Roll.
The “CAL” in CALifornia Maki could as well stand for that of “C, A and L” as it has always been their “initial” go-to rolled sushi. In every (Japanese) restaurant we go to where it’s being offered, it’s most likely that they’ll have it at least, seemingly “CALling” them. Thus, nothing much to say about it as it’ll always be a treat however being much as a generic “mood food” for such a sushi roll that it commonly is.
For the Bacon Roll, it’s almost all rice. It could be a complementing partner with that of Yasuragi’s other “A La Carte” offerings or perhaps to their Tempura/Vegetable Dishes instead. It lacks the pull from that of the bacon flavor though; the subtle hint of the already-absorbed bacon’s supposedly “crisp and greasy goodness” gets overwhelmed by the dense consistency of the rice.
Whereas, what that bacon lacked in crispness, the Crunchy Salmon Roll just about made up for it. Somehow, it has to be consistent in every piece I’d say as the supposedly crunchy coating, I assume, should have had a proportionate strewing. Be that as it may, a mouthful of that crisp outer layer mixing with the soft filling had a delightful texture.
Chicken Teriyaki is proving to be a Japanese staple food for “C and A”. It’s almost their regular order every time… Yet, for it to meet their standards, the tenderness of the chicken has to have a generous however not overly satiating teriyaki sauce… So far, Yasuragi’s Chicken Teriyaki meets that particular quality.
Katsudon is a personal favorite. Yasuragi’s version is likewise in harmony with that partiality. I’ve had it the first time and I had it again this second time if only to find out if it’s also in concurrence with consistency. It was. For me at least, it has that harmonious blend of its ingredients being a donburi (rice bowl dish). And if to further justify the essence of “yasuragi” with my Pinoy appetite, from the Japanese word “katsu” which means “to be victorious”, it was indeed “Panalo!”
Yasuragi may have changed address, yet they still address our cravings for a reasonable Japanese cuisine. They may have moved to a new setting, however they’ve been setting standards for that of a harmonious fusion of flavors.