Yakiniku Kenshin: Japanese Barbecue Stop in Makati is a Haven for Meat Lovers
Filipinos love their meat. Pair it up with rice and that’s luxury dining for most of us. An average Filipino consumes about 28.8 kilograms of meat annually. If by any chance you have managed to dodge clogging your arteries and shortening your lifespan from your meat addiction by 2027, reports suggest that you will be devouring at least 50.7kg of meat by that time. Apart from the increasing craze in Korean culture that’s sweeping the nation, the improvement in the purchasing power of Filipinos ushered in the demand for grilled meat restaurants around the Metro. Korean barbecue restaurants serving Samgyeopsal (삼겹살) or grilled pork belly have become the staple way for Filipinos to satisfy their meat cravings while jamming to the trendiest Kpop hits. Little did you know, a Japanese barbecue counterpart of Samgyeopsal exists known as Yakiniku (焼き肉).
When we think of Japanese cuisine, our first instinct points us to a steaming bowl of Ramen or some fresh Sushi. Despite being uncommon to the gastronomic scene around the city, Japan’s own version of grilled meat or Yakiniku serves a myriad of quality A-grade meat and side dishes that are inclusive for the adventurous or picky palate. Yaki meaning grilled and Niku meaning meat, this grill-your-own Japanese barbecue is craftsmanship in itself; a dining experience that is beyond the visceral way of ingesting food. Not only as a place for special occasion or spontaneous dinner with friends, Yakiniku Kenshin showcases high-end interior that fuses industrial and Zen style like no grilled meat restaurants has ever displayed before.
JAPANESE BARBECUE EXPERIENCE IN A SLEEK INTERIOR
The food establishment sector in the Philippines has been growing since 2011. Last year, it generated a total of P471.3 billion alone and restaurants contributed a major share amounting to P158.1 billion or about 33.5%. As the local market for restaurants hits the ceiling, food service players are forced to step up their games in order to attract customers not just in terms of the quality of their food but in various marketing schemes as well. Millennials, who comprised one third of the country’s population, are deemed to be the biggest spenders and concurrently susceptible consumers. Often than not, if a restaurant has an Instagram-worthy ambiance, Millennials will flock there to not only try out the food but also to take photos of the interior.
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When Industrial Meets Zen Interior
In designing the interior of this Japanese barbecue restaurant in Makati, Tokyo Grand Renovation‘s talented team of designers took into consideration the very essence of what the place is selling and combining it with the trends in today’s generation. Upon entering the store, you are instantly greeted by the prominent exposed burgundy brick surrounding the walls. Complementing the rustic vibes of these corners, soft white pendant lights are installed wrapping up the overall industrial look of this Yakiniku restaurant.
In general, industrial interior style is all about the “unfinished” look. The exposed pipes, which are essential in any Korean or Japanese barbecue restaurant and also a common feature of the industrial design, incidentally augmented the rustic ambiance of Yakiniku Kenshin. For a stronger and more metallic feel, the use of darker tones such as black and gray is specified. What figuratively grays out the industrial and Zen interior styles of this Japanese barbecue haven is the plethora of wood and metal surfaces as well as ornaments that evoke the past.
Organic and natural materials are principle characteristics of Japanese style furnishings. TGR’s design team made use of simple yet elegant modern Japanese chairs and tables to accentuate and bring in oriental attributes amidst the rough vibes given off by the rustic style. The Parquet ceramic tiling mimicking a wooden flooring is a key feature of a traditional Japanese house. Natural light is also a fundamental trademark of a Zen interior as seen from the ceiling to floor glass windows of this Japanese barbecue restaurant. One of the many highlights of this Yakiniku restaurant is the sauce bar area which displays ancient looking jars giving customers a feel of early 16th century Japan.
Yakiniku Kenshin serves more than just an unorthodox Japanese cuisine. Like a succulent meat wrapped in a crisp lettuce, this Japanese barbecue restaurant envelops its customers in an interior that fuses the modern and traditional elements. A juxtaposition where the past coincides with the present; a restaurant fit for chatting with friends or even just a healing time for yourself.
Craving for a good meat and a nice interior?
Tokyo Grand Renovation (TGR), a Japanese design and build, is eager to help you discuss commercial interior design ideas for your business. Conveniently located in the leading business district in Metro Manila, TGR’s headquarters is at 9110 La Campana St. cor. Trabajo St., Brgy. Olympia, Makati City, 1207
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