For the longest time, I’ve been meaning to stay away from oily fast food chains. However, I often find myself with the complicated decision of where to eat. I’m 100% sure that I am not alone in this dilemma. Luckily, I found a savior in the form of Yugo Yakiniku Smokeless Grill! Or more like they found me (Thanks for inviting ZeroThreeTwo!!). “Yugo” is a Chinese word that means Fusion, implying the joining of three culinary wonders: Japanese, Chinese and Korean. These three have the added benefit of seeming like the healthiest choices nowadays too!

The Food

Yugo Yakiniku is not like the usual Asian restaurants because they change meals every day. One day they’re serving Sashimi in the Japanese section, the next day they may replace it with Sushi (Sashimi vs. Sushi). The same thing goes for the Chinese and Korean sections. They have such versatile dishes that you will find yourself coming back for more. The fact that it’s eat-all-you-can-buffet is an added bonus!

Not only is their food good, but there’s a little twist. There is a table in the restaurant filled with uncooked food. Grab a plate and cook the food in the middle of the table. Unlike most restaurants they don’t use charcoal, so you aren’t left in a cloud of heat and smoke. No one’s stepping out smelling like a musky camp fire here.


Most Asian restaurants have expensive food and Yugo Yakiniku might be a bit pricey for some at about 500 pesos a plate, but it’s absolutely worth it! How can you beat Japanese appetizers, Korean main courses and Chinese desserts (which include scooping your own ice cream) then coming back for more?!

The Place

Where buffets are available, you can expect a crowded restaurant.  However, with Yugo Yakiniku’s spacious paths and interiors, there is room for everyone to walk around without bumping elbows. The decorations also have a homey and bright ambiance. Lastly, there’s parking inside the building of Yugo Yakiniku for the car owners. It isn’t a hassle at all.

Little Tidbits

This restaurant was created by the Yu family and I got a chance to talk to two of the sister owners, Kathrin Yu and Krystal Yu. I asked them what their main reason for starting this business and their immediate answer was because of their “love for food.” So, if you love food AND enjoy cooking it the give in to Yugo Yakiniku Smokeless grill and come give it a try!

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