Everything I heard about Yakski Barbecue, a new bbq place in Cebu, is right. That compared to that popular bbq joint in the city, it is clean, organized and well-ventilated. That unlike most Cebuano-styled barbeque, theirs is not overly sweet. And that for all these, you don’t have to pay a fortune for your grilled fix.
I got to try Yakski when my cousin’s wife showed up unannounced last night. I was honestly not so keen at going out but since it was in my imaginary bucketlist, I dragged my sleepy self to meet up with this old friend.
We ordered a sampling of the usual favorites – chicken liver, chorizo de cebu, pork and chicken bbq. We then found ourselves the nearest table in sight and waited for our orders to be served.
It was surprisingly a hassle-free experience. But I missed a bit the fun of being cajoled by a plethora of food purveyors at Larsian. All of them actually serve the same grilled fare, but slightly differ on WiFi availability or their gaudy table decorations or the flamboyance of their ‘barker.’
Thankfully, Yakski’s crew don’t have to resort to creative marketing antics to attract customers. But they seem to move around in a clinical yet elegant precision – from serving the customers’ orders, attending to their additional requests and cleaning the tables afterwards. I saw at least two of them doning an earpiece which I assume provides an open line between them and those behind the grill counter. There was also someone who functions like an expediter to efficiently manage the flow of the orders.
Everything we had last night was properly grilled – the chicken was juicy and the pork did not look like it was bathe in some nuclear pink marinade.
Their dipping sauce, which comes in original and spicy flavors, differentiates them from everyone else. It is soy-based, a bit sweet and has a tinge of peanuty flavor. It complemented well without overpowering the meat.
I did not bother asking what ingredients they used in their sauce, because they’ll probably say that it is a secret recipe. I am just glad that the children of Flaviano “Boyaks” Roxas, carried on the legacy of their father, who started Yakski, along with its special sauce, as a mere home-based little venture in 2009.
From the looks of it, Yakski is definitely not a little venture anymore. It has also changed Cebu’s crowded barbecue landscape by showing that you will never go wrong, even if you have huge container van in the middle of your restaurant space, as long as you have good flavors, affordable prices and really, really, really excellent service.
268-B Don Mariano Cui St. Capitol Site, Cebu City
+63 32 4142008 | +63 917 32 AKSKI | +63 932 1096769