Saturday, 27 January 2018

Yakitori #1, Cardiff Bay Review

Yakitori #1 is a Sushi and Japanese Grill which offers endless menu choices as well as noodle dishes. So, if like me you are a Japanese food lover, this one's for you! Food has always been a very social thing for me, have you ever noticed how meals just doesn't taste as good when you're eating on your own? Well, that's partly because as humans we are naturally oriented towards others. Our lives revolve around social interactions and food is very much part of that interaction, it brings people together. After being hidden under a pile of books for a few weeks, my boyfriend and I headed out to meet a few friends for some food. This was quite the treat for me because I don't get out much these days. So if you're thinking of studying a degree in Dietetics, I'm sorry to be the bearer of bad news.. Your social life will dwindle fast! With it's simple, authentic food, attentive staff, contemporary decor, Yakitori #1 for me is one of the best Japanese restaurants in Cardiff.
Just to let you know, I got my Human Anatomy and Physiology Exam results yesterday and I'm happy to say I passed with a staggering 89%. Still cannot believe it myself but I'm now more motivated than ever! Anyway, my first visit to Yakitori went really well as you can probably tell. Because it was a Friday night, the place was very busy but the waiters made every effort to come by every once in a while to check if everything was okay. This is what made our night even better, a thumbs up for the great customer service. Opened in 2013, Yakitori #1 is definitely one to watch in the Cardiff food scene. Now let's talk about the most important part, the food.


So what did we have? 
CHICKEN GYOZA (£5.60)
Every time I go to a Japanese or Chinese restaurant my first thought is Dumplings, I absolutely love these little bundles of of joy. After trying out Tenkaichi's version last year, I was keen to maa=ke a comparison. Drum roll please, we have a winner... I prefer Yakitori's chicken gyoza. Served with sweet chilli dip, this is undoubtedly one of the simplest, tastiest treats to have. Delicious!

SEAFOOD COMBO (£17.50)
My boyfriend being the seafood lover that he is went straight for the seafood combo. This is basically noodles with grilled scallops, prawns and salmon. Taste wise, all he said was 'amazing'. I guess that's all the reassurance you need.


TEPPANYAKI BEEF served with VEGETABLE CHA HAN (£12.50)
Oh my goodness, somebody please take me back. This is what I had for my mains and the amount of flavour in this dish is unbelievable. I'm drooling just thinking about it. This is fried jasmine rice with peas, red onions, spring onions etc topped with grilled prime beef fillet slices with mirin, soy and sake yakiniku sauce. Would you agree that this dish wouldn't be complete without a side of Miso soup (£2.20) and Green tea (£2.20)? *pictured below* My tummy sure was happy last night. 

 MISO SOUP (£2.20)    /   GREEN TEA (2.20)


 GRILLED BEEF FILLET (14.50)
A friend of mine had ramen, I was a bit envious as I'm a massive ramen lover and this looked so good! Next time, I think I'll be having this, she had a lot of positive feedback so it's a done deal. 



Would I recommend Yakitori #1? 100% yes. Give it a try, you just might be pleasantly surprised.
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Where is it?

Unit 10, Mermaid Quay
Cardiff Bay 
CF10 5BZ
Phone: 0292 049 5050
FOLLOW THEM: Instagram

Be sure to let me know what you think of Yakitori #1.
Nokhuthula xo 
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