Restaurant review: Yamatori @ Gran Hotel Atlantis Bahía Real, Fuerteventura

Adam Lowe

Adam Lowe is an award-winning author, editor and publisher from Leeds, now based in Manchester. He runs Dog Horn Publishing and is Director and Writing Coordinator for Young Enigma, a writer development programme for LGBT young people.
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Yamatori is a fantastic Japanese themed restaurant in the grounds of Gran Hotel Atlantis Bahía Real, Fuerteventura. Serving a delectable menu of Japanese teppanyaki and sushi, it’s the perfect place to go for a theatrical dinner with friends or a chatty date with your significant other.

Yamatori really shines if you order teopanyaki, however. Guests can enjoy the performance of their chef whipping up delicious teppanyaki according to your own personal requirements.

 

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I started off with a crisp Aperol Spritz, which I drank as I perused the menu. It’s a relatively simple menu, with a few options done well, split up into sushi and teppanyaki sections. You can order starter, main and dessert, and tweak the dish as you wish.

 

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The seating arrangements typical to teppanyaki (multiple parties sit around a table), meant we chatted more to our fellow guests that night than the rest of the week put together. It was a friendly way to dine, for sure, and we really enjoyed getting to know people at the resort.

If possible, it might be worth booking this on your first evening at the hotel, so you can make friends sooner rather than later.

 

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Our evening was amazing. Watching the food cook in front of us definitely sparked our appetites, but it also gave us something to watch and talk about while we waited.

It also meant the food went straight from the hot plate to our bamboo place mats. This cut out the need for servers for anything other than drinks, and will at least ensure you’ll never have to query a late course, as you can see the progress right in front of you.

 

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We tried the tuna tartare for a starter. This was my fiance’s favourite dish of the night. It was incredible: spicy, salty, juicy, tender… I would definitely recommend it.

 

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We also tried the crunchy kid goat rolls with plum sauce. They were amazing. A great start to our meal, they packed in lots of flavour and beat the spring rolls you see on menus back home.

 

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For our main courses, we ordered one dish each and shared them with our side of noodles.

We ordered the shiklak of chicken with yakatori sauce (top) which was a tender, succulent dish, rounded off with the leeks. It was really flavoursome and my favourite dish of the evening, surprisingly.

We also tried the beef entrecote (sirloin), which was done medium in an oyster sauce. I had expected this to take the crown, but honestly, the chicken was so succulent it was hard to beat it.

The noodles were fabulous, with an unexpected hint of citrus orange to give them flavour. I hadn’t expected that until the chef pulled out the fresh oranges to squeeze their juice over the noodles. I will certainly try this at home next time I cook noodles myself.

 

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We were too full for dessert, but rounded the meal off with some authentic Japanese saki.

Seeing this, and hearing that we were reviewing the food, our new friends insisted we try their desserts because they were so delicious. So even though I couldn’t manage a whole one, I did nibble the banana fritters, which were gorgeous, and had a corner of the chocolate cake, which my partner (being a huge chocolate fan) went mad for. I would recommend either, though the banana fritters felt slightly more special to me.

I was really impressed with Yamatori, and would recommend it to anyone visiting Gran Hotel Atlantis Bahia Real. The service was fantastic, the food great and the social element was a good addition to our holiday experience.

More information

For more information about Yamatori, visit its own section at atlantisbahiareal.com.

Prices for Gran Hotel Atlantis Bahia Real, Fuerteventura start from £160 per room, based on a double room on a bed and breakfast basis in September 2019. This price includes:

  • free entry to the SPA per adult/day;
  • free entry to the GYM, including classes such as yoga, pilates, zumba and AquaGym;
  • free set of sunbeds on the beachfront;
  • welcome drink and departures details;
  • free Wi-Fi and safe.

For more information, please visit atlantisbahiareal.com / visitfuerteventura.es.

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