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La Trinidad Food Adventure: Yasuragi Japanese Restaurant

And we’re back checking out eating places at our neighbor’s, La Trinidad – our quick fix for eats beyond the borders of Baguio. Thanks, L.T.!

La Trinidad metro Baguio Yasuragi Japanese Cuisine yasuragi roll

Thanks, also, to Chef V of Mama’s Table, we knew exactly where to go. Well, sort of. The only notation in her photo was Japanese restaurant in the vicinity of the strawberry farm, and I was too shy to ask outright so out recon riding, Race and I went … with Race going ‘we might not be able to find it since there are many different roads leading to the strawberry fields’, every now and then. =b

(UPDATE 08/09/2017: Yasuragi Japanese Cuisine moved to food trip city, Baguio City. Address at the end of this post.)

Baguio Yasuragi Japanese Cuisine new location in the City of Pines

Yasuragi in Baguio City. Wee!

Anyway, we did a quick pit stop at the farm, 1) because the restaurant might just be right where the visitors park their cars when they go strawberry picking, and 2) because it occurred to me that I’ve never really been to strawberry farm. Not that I remember. *hee

having strawberry ice cream at the La Trinidad metro Baguio strawberry farm

Having strawberry ice cream at the strawberry farm =)

We got there just as the sun was setting. Dizzy with hunger (yep, no lunchies yet), we quickly bought some strawberry ice cream from the first sorbetero that called to us. (Funny, he treated us like we were tourists. *hihi) Shyeew, that was close; that quick berry sugar rush kept the floaty heads at bay and sustained us enough to continue riding around strawberry farm.

La Trinidad metro Baguio Yasuragi Japanese Cuisine entrance

Enter, Yasuragi. Check out the black cat decals, so adorable!

Out of the parking lot, we continued on the road away from Halsema, going to Puguis when Race saw an orange/gray building looming in the horizon. A Yasuragi sign at the tippy top confirmed it’s just what we were looking for. I crossed my fingers they were not closed yet and yey, for the universe hearing me for as we pulled into their lot, the Japanese looking (just looks) manong standing out front welcomed us. =)

La Trinidad metro Baguio Yasuragi Japanese Cuisine shake soup or salmon soup

Shake soup/salmon soup

Boy, were there a number of Japanese dishes on their menu. It was a good thing also that the chef (Japanese looking manong) stayed with us to guide us through the ordering process (for translation and/or extra description, you see). As soon as we picked out what to eat, we were given a pot of tea. I say, that’s probably the most green tea tasting starter tea I’ve ever had. *sip ahh Comforted by the tea’s warmth,  I ordered another warm thing, a bowl of shake/salmon soup which tasted a lot like Philippine sinigang.

La Trinidad metro Baguio Yasuragi Japanese Cuisine futo maki

Futo maki

Our lun(ch)-(din)ner got underway with Yasuragi’s trademark makimono and the huge futo maki. What a wonder the rolls Chef Roland made! A lovely roll worthy of ohhs and ahhs was yasuragi with strawberry slivers on top. The wasabi beside it, shaped into a flower. =D

La Trinidad metro Baguio Yasuragi Japanese Cuisine yasuragi strawberry roll

Yasuragi signature roll ^^,

The futo maki also got some wows out of us because it was double the size of the single rolls of the strawberry topped maki. As big as my ear one roll was; a mouthful and tummy filling too.

La Trinidad metro Baguio Yasuragi Japanese Cuisine momoiro udon

Momoiro udon

In spite of that, Race and I still got mains. Mine, the momoiro udon that was like a Japanese version pasta that tasted like a mild baked mac with bits of seafood (fish, crabstick, squid) here and there.

La Trinidad metro Baguio Yasuragi Japanese Cuisine toritonkatsudon

Toritonkatsudon

Race got the toriton katsudon which is chicken fillet resting (resting, hah!)… and ready to sustain Race on rice, served with teriyaki sauce for extra taste.

X+1 at La Trinidad metro Baguio Yasuragi Japanese Cuisine

X+1 at Yasuragi Japanese restaurant

Feeling full as I was with the rice packed rolls and pasta, I was dying to try something from the desserts section … any dessert. This visit, it was strawberry ice cream with red beans. While delish, I felt the red beans went better with matcha ice cream. It is possible however, very possible, strawberry farm strawberry ice cream overload is speaking here.  I’ve never eaten strawberry farm signature ice cream before and on the day I did, I over did it. One time, big time, man!

La Trinidad metro Baguio Yasuragi Japanese Cuisine strawberry ice cream with Japanese red beans

Strawberry ice cream with Japanese red beans

All through the holiday season, I was dying to revisit Yasuragi, 1) for more of Chef Roland’s pretty maki creations, and 2) I wanted to see for myself how it looks when the sun is high, when you can see the field from one side of the resto.  Whoa, how long we had to put it off it seemed, all in the name of avoiding the droves of visitors to the location. #introvert

The lettuce field beside La Trinidad metro Baguio Yasuragi Japanese Cuisine

The field beside the Japanese resto

Finally, the holidays are over and here we are at Yasuragi again. Rolls upon rolls and makis, we got. ^^,

La Trinidad metro Baguio Yasuragi Japanese Cuisine unagi roll

Unagi maki. Check out that greens detail. Just wow.

First, the unagi roll. That sort of stuck with me from talking about it so much in our first visit. We couldn’t have it then since no Japan imported eel was available. Chef explained, the local ones are a bit muddy tasting and weren’t right for rolls. Interesting.

La Trinidad metro Baguio Yasuragi Japanese Cuisine rainbow roll

Rainbow maki =D

I was in for a surprise with the rainbow maki. In comparison to what we’ve seen around the city before, this had not a grain of rice in it. Just a variety of sashimi bits wrapped with cucumber and mango cubes.

La Trinidad metro Baguio Yasuragi Japanese Cuisine crunchy salmon roll

Crunchy salmon roll \m/

After the mushy like texture of the raw fish from the rich rainbow rolls, we got a crunchy twist in the deep fried crunchy salmon that had a creamy squirt in the bite due to the cream cheese inside. *crunch crunch squish

La Trinidad metro Baguio Yasuragi Japanese Cuisine tsunami roll

Tsunami roll

After the crunch, we gave our taste buds a jolt from the tsunami roll made of spicy raw tuna, tempura bits, rice, nori and topped with cheese.

La Trinidad metro Baguio Yasuragi Japanese Cuisine sukiyaki

Sukiyaki in a cute pot. *hihi

After popping a couple rolls into our gobs, we realized one cannot dine on makizushi alone, and so we got sukiyaki. It was only when we were almost finished that we realized we didn’t eat that glass noodle dish the proper way. We ate it like it was shabu shabu … ramen even. There I was reacting on how intense the ‘soup’ was, forgetting that’s not soup but sauce. We didn’t even dip the veggies and the beef in the scrambled raw egg. (We just add one egg-ed it in the pot.) I know right. Noobs =)) We’ll try that again another time, the right way.

La Trinidad metro Baguio Yasuragi Japanese Cuisine dining area

The Yasuragi building and dining area

Again, the desserts section called, nay, screamed at me despite the fullness. Till now, I’m still patting myself on the back for making the very good choice of the coffee jelly with ice cream. That was to die for!!! How is it possible that something so simple (two main components, jelly and ice cream) can be so fabulous? \m/

La Trinidad metro Baguio Yasuragi Japanese Cuisine vanilla ice cream with coffee jelly

Vanilla ice cream with coffee jelly (“,)

X marks Yasuragi Japanese restaurant in the middle of (strawberry) farm and fields for good food. Ahh, peace of mind … and peace of tummy. *harhar

UPDATE 08/09/2017: X marks Yasuragi Japanese restaurant for good food in Baguio.

Food: 5 treasure chests My favorite Japanese restaurant to date. (“,)

Service: 5 treasure chests

Ambiance: 4 treasure chests  UPDATE 08/09/2017: With the move to the City of Pines, I got in another ‘house I like to stalk‘. *tee hee For the wider dining area; I upgrade the ambiance rating to 5 treasure chests

Price: 3 treasure chests

signature pose at La Trinidad metro Baguio Yasuragi Japanese Cuisine

Signature pose in the Yasuragi facade. I just realized, why am I doing a Y and not an X? *heeharhar

Yasuragi Japanese Cuisine

UPDATE 08/09/2017: Moved to 2600

241 Upper Bonifacio corner Laurel Street (same housey structure as Romanelle Spa)

Baguio City, Philippines

0949 302 3161

La Trinidad metro Baguio Yasuragi Japanese Cuisine menu

Yasuragi Japanese Cuisine menu

(See location on Google Maps: UPDATE 08/09/2017 Baguio Post Office Loop to Yasuragi Bonifacio Street Baguio

https://www.google.com/maps/dir/Post+Office+Loop,+Baguio,+Benguet,+Philippines/16.414567,120.5994501/@16.4130668,120.5983337,440m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m9!4m8!1m5!1m1!1s0x3391a142da12d06b:0x2545ae0e9c23195a!2m2!1d120.5995446!2d16.4114706!1m0!3e0 )

La Trinidad metro Baguio Yasuragi Japanese Cuisine Yasuragi strawberry roll

Let’s look at that beautiful roll again. Ahh, nice.

 

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20 responses to “La Trinidad Food Adventure: Yasuragi Japanese Restaurant”

  1. Mario says :

    Nakarating na naman sa La Trinidad ang lola. In fairness magaling na discovery. Gandara nga ng pagkagawa ng maki nila. Magstrawberry farm rin kami ulit at dyan na rin sa Yasuragi lalafang. hehe

    • XiNE says :

      Congratulations, first comment for this post, Mario! *hihi

      I hope you have as great a time as we did at Yasuragi Japanese Cuisine! Really well made maki rolls. I’m excited to try their dragon roll! Saw it on their Facebook page and whoa, it’s decorated like a dragon. So amusing!

      Thank you for visiting Find Good Baguio Foods, again and again! Happy food trails! (“,)

  2. Dan says :

    Looks like a fine Japanese restaurant in La Trinidad. Happy you discovered Yasuragi. I will try them out soon.

    • XiNE says :

      Hello there, Dan! It truly is. I can say I’ve enjoyed both visits to Yasuragi restaurant so much I’m going to be a regular La Trinidad visitor from now on. *hihi Happy dining at Yasuragi! (“,)

  3. Candy says :

    Wow, Xine! Yasuragi looks great. I must go to La Trinidad one of these days to try your La Trinidad food and restaurant finds. Happy new year. :-):-)

    • XiNE says :

      Hiyee, Candy! Yes, do expand your food quest to La Trinidad too. They’re getting into the game now. \m/

      I hope you enjoy your time at Yasuragi Japanese resto! Don’t forget to get coffee jelly. Oh, my gosh, that dessert! *hihi

      Thank you so much, Candy! I hope 2017 is starting off well for you! (“,)

  4. Sally says :

    Japanese restaurant in La Trinidad municipality WOWOWOW!!!! Yasuragi is just near my place and I did not know there is a restaurant like that here. Just WOW

    • XiNE says :

      Hello there, Sally! Glad to have informed you of Yasuragi Japanese Cuisine. I hope you have a great time there when you finally check it off your food trip list! Thanks for visiting Find Good Baguio Foods! (“,)

  5. Anonymous says :

    Ang layo narating sa food quest. Kailan kaya ako makakapunta dyan sa Yasuragi. Muka pa naman masarap.

    • XiNE says :

      Hello! La Trinidad, such a great go to place for eats beyond the borders of Baguio. *hihi Yasuragi resto is worth the trip. Have a wonderful time whenever it is you find yourself there! Thank you so much for visiting this (metro) Baguio food blog! (“,)

  6. cordillerasenyorita says :

    Aaaw! Thank you so much for this. I’m living in La Trinidad but I never knew about this awesome place. All things to YOU:)

    hugs&kisseswiththanks!

    • XiNE says :

      Hello there, cordillerasenyorita! Glad to have helped with your eatsploring at a resto that’s closer to your home! I hope you have as great a time as we did at Yasuragi Japanese Cuisine! Thank you for dropping by to leave a comment. Happy food adventures! (“,)

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