Hello guys! As of the time writing this, my website is down due to my hosting server’s negligence. It has been down for 3 days now which is costing me a lot of unnecessary stress. So instead of brooding that “I can’t blog”, I decided to write the blog post the old school way. Via notepad. Notepad never fails me. It’s fast and does it’s job well, write texts, keep texts. Today, I’ll be sharing with you my Yayoi Japanese Teishoku Restaurant Review (pronounced as Ya-Yoy). It comes as no surprise that when ranking cuisines my favorites would be:
5. European (broad I know)
What I love most about Japanese food is how complete set-up their meals. They have bento and they have teishoku. Let’s differentiate one from another shall we?
Bento (弁当 bentō?) is a single-portion takeout or home-packed meal common in Japanese cuisine. A traditional bento holds rice, fish or meat, with pickled or cooked vegetables, usually in a box-shaped container. Containers range from disposable mass produced to hand crafted lacquerware. Bentos are readily available in many places throughout Japan, including convenience stores, bento shops (弁当屋 bentō-ya?), railway stations, and department stores. However, Japanese homemakers often spend time and energy on a carefully prepared lunch box for their spouse, child, or themselves.
Teishoku is a pre-set meal — a main dish, always with miso soup and a bowl of rice, and it builds from there according the chef’s seasonal fancies (pickles, tofu, salad, etc). These meals are very popular during lunch, when salarymen and women can quickly run into a restaurant and get a warm, complete meal for as low as $10.
That’s why I’m so excited when they announced the launch of Yayoi Japanese Teishoku Restaurant located in 3rd SM Megamall B (near where I work out, Fitness First!). Finally! Some variety in my post-workout meals and shall I say Japanese food is one of the healthier choice compared to my other cuisine favorites LOL.
Yayoi Japanese Teishoku Sample Set Meals
Yayoi Japanese Teishoku Restaurant Review
Taste – I ordered the Beef Sukiyaki Teishoku which consists of Sukiyaki, Rice, Miso Soup, 1 soft boiled egg and pickles to balance the taste. The amount of beef is generous the noodles are surprsingly tasty! The soup is a combination of savoury and a tad bit of sweetness. The mushroom in the sukiyaki adds more umami flavor. LOVE IT WITH RICE. Their rice is authentic japanese rice that’s filling and delicious. What’s the purpose of the soft boiled egg? You have the option to mix it in your rice, or dip the beef. I chose to dip the beef and it’s satisfyingly good.
Service – I will come back here again a few weeks after to check if the service improved. It’s understandable that they’re new but the food came in a bit late and they accidentally doubled our orders serving us 2 of the same meals (but some would think this as a good thing LOL just kidding!). The way you order here is different compared to other restaurants because in Yayoi Japanese Teishoku, each seat has a digital touch-screen menu in front of them where you should give your order. It also displays the order status and a button if you need to call the service. Much convenient than trying to get the waiter’s attention all the time screaming. Hehe.
Ambiance – The set-up of the restaurant is very homey, casual and never intimidating.
Menu Variety – When thinking of Japanese cuisine one would have sushis and sashimis first in mind. Yayoi, however has more rice dishes versus the former. So most pinoys would find this more comforting. Though for me, sashimi is a staple so if I’m craving for multiple kinds of raw food I might go somewhere else BUT when I want something more filling and savory, Yayoi is perfect.
Price – It comes as mid-range as its set meals will range from 400-800 pesos. Each meal comes with side dishes, soup, and rice. Serving is generous too!
Will I come back here again? Definitely! I’d love to dine here with friends! I’d even dine here alone because I do eat out a lot by myself (even go watch movies alone hahaha)