Do high-grade cuts of Japanese and U.S. beef grilled right at your table with an upscale ambiance sound like a good time to you? I can tell you from my experience, it’s an excellent time and I’m thrilled to be sharing with you my delicious time at YakiYan. Located in Hacienda Heights, quality meat consumers like myself are treated to their chef’s pre-fixe menu style, which creates the fun experience of being surprised with each delicious plate. We’re definitely looking forward to bringing our friends the next time we dine here!
If you also enjoy a cocktail or two, YakiYan’s team of mixologists bring you well-crafted, Asian inspired cocktails specifically curated to pair with their meat selection. I typically pair my meat with wine, so I ordered a glass of pinot noir while my husband enjoyed their Bullet Train cocktail, which is mixed with Japanese Suntory Whisky, Lapsang Tea Syrup, and bitters.
We started our meal with Chawanmushi (steamed egg custard) with Dungeness Crab and Salmon Roe with Mushrooms.
Followed by a trio of USDA Prime Rib-Eye Sashimi, which are locally sourced and all natural, vegetarian fed.
Don’t let it weird you out, but the Black Angus Tongue with Lemon Scallion is delish!
We definitely enjoyed this part of the meal. The rib-eye inside cut and the rib-eye cap (the first two images pictured above) have a marbling score of 3-4. For the other two short rib meats, the cuts are near the belly of the cattle with a marbling score of 6-7. The cubed boneless short ribs are my favorite!
These have definitely got to be the most tasty tomatoes I’ve ever eaten. They are Japanese tomatoes that have been marinated with ponzu sauce for over 4 hours. You would think the tomatoes would taste savory, but they actually taste sweet! Like momotaro peaches!
Ah yes, the Japanese A5 Wagyu New York Strip from Miyazaki. =) Marbling score is 8-9! So good.
Their USDA Prime Filet Mignon with Garlic Au Jus. At this point, I was quite full, but it was so delicious, I of course powered through it and cleared my plate.
Their signature dish here – Bone Marrow Rice, which consist of seaweed, bone marrow, miso paste, and ground kimchi. The flavors are excellent, but what I especially love about this dish is it’s served with the filet mignon. The A5 wagyu reduction and garlic au jus is mixed with the bone marrow rice. I mean, it can’t get any better than this.
Leave a small amount of rice in your bowl for your Dashi Soup. (I accidentally left too much rice in my bowl).
Last, but not least, my favorite portion of the meal – dessert time! Surprisingly, my favorite is their Black Sesame Gelato (I’m typically not a black sesame fan), but I thought the gelato was amazing.
Thank you to our friends at YakiYan for the sponsored post! All images belong to Dots and Honey.