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Aguirre’s Kantori Yakitori is a Non-Traditional Approach to Japanese Izakayas

November 16, 2015

What’s up with yakitori? It’s the latest Japanese craze to hit Metro Manila, and has become the restaurateur’s default concept of choice. From street eats to Pinoy izakayas, yakitori joints are the new ramen shops. Along BF’s eat street Aguirre is Kantori Yakitori, the latest one to enter the fold, which seems to have taken much influence from Hong Kong’s Yardbird. There’s flavored sakes, sticks which seem to share similar traits (the meatball with tare and egg yolk in particular), and aims to have the same laid-back, izakaya cum dining space vibe.

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From left: Butabara, PHP 58. Shiro, PHP 48.

The menu is succinct and as affordable as places in BF usually are. A selection of starters join both yakimono and yakitori, and are quite reasonable offerings, although a salad with chicken skin and mango-lime vinaigrette could have been much better. It is, of course, with their skewers where things get interesting and, at times, delicious. The Butabara (PHP 58) was  tender, with the fat of the pork belly melting into the meat and creating more moistness in often rubbery meat.

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There are some missteps of course, but none that make a huge dent in the quality of what Kantori Yakitori has to offer. The Hato (PHP 38) or heart, and the Sunagimo (PHP 38) or gizzards, were a little unsubstantial and unexciting, but their more well-developed offerings were worthy of a great after-work meal. Their take on the Japanese tori meatball was a sumptuous bite, with the meat ground to an excellent texture with a rich, sweet tare sauce  thickened with a raw egg yolk. The breading of a tofu tempura was light and did not weigh down the softness of its protein, and a chicken intestine was cleaned so well that the funk was almost absent. For a neighborhood place, Kantori Yakitori has some impressive dishes, and a vibe that will turn it into a watering hole for the residents it caters to.

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From left: Atsuage, PHP 48. Sunagimo, PHP 38. Hato, PHP 38. Tsukene, PHP 58.

What’s your take on Kantori’s skewers? If you disagree with us, what’s your favorite yakitori joint nowadays? Tell us below!

Kantori Yakitori

Address: 51 D Aguirre Ave, Parañaque
1720 Metro Manila
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Pamela Cortez Pamela Cortez Pamela Cortez writes about food full-time, and has honed her craft while writing for publications such as Rogue, Town and Country, and The Philippine Star. She once rode on a mule for a mile just to eat mint tea and lamb in Morocco, and has eaten a block of Quickmelt in one sitting. Her attempt at food photography can be viewed online @meyarrr. FOLLOW
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One response to “Aguirre’s Kantori Yakitori is a Non-Traditional Approach to Japanese Izakayas”

  1. Heiko Schmidt says:

    Yet another example of lazy writing. If writing is a problem, maybe you can just post more photos so readers get to see more of the food offered in the restaurant. Maybe we can just judge the food by the photo instead of the review, which is almost nothing as it’s not even two hundred words.

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