By MARK FRANCISCO
THERE are several Japanese restaurants here in CDO but undoubtedly, only Kaiko Grill House serves authentic yakitori. Yakitori is the Japanese version of our very own barbecue street food and we get to experience it right here in our city. Its preparation involves skewering the meat and grilled over a charcoal fire. During or after cooking, the meat is typically seasoned with a special sauce.
There is where Kaiko Grill House perfected their yakitori. Whereas meat (chicken, beef and pork) are sourced local, the secret is actually in the sauce.
Kaiko Grill House founder and avid Japanese culture fan Ria is no chef yet anime became a part of her childhood and has developed a love of Japanese food. Upon returning from England while taking up law here in CDO, she decided to put up Kaiko Grill House last December at Kubo Food Park in Pueblo Business Park, uptown Cagayan de Oro, tinkering with sauces until she perfected the right one.
Today, Kaiko Grill House serves chicken yakitori, pork yakitori and beef yakitori or grilled as wagyu cubes. Other dishes on the menu are bbq kaisaki, katsudon single or family (chicken/pork), yakiniku rice bowls, deep-fried gyoza and deep-fried tofu (with homemade chili sauce). For desserts, they serve tri-dango.
Kaiko Grill House is open Tuesdays to Thursdays from 2 to 10 p.m. and from 1 to 10 p.m. on weekends. They are closed Mondays. For delivery, call 09275264100. Happy yakitori eating!