Yayoi is yet another one of those authentic Japanese restaurants that recently opened up shop here in Metro Manila. Yayoi specializes in teishoku, aka set meals. I bet Yayoi is probably one of the oldest restaurants in Japan, since their first branch opened up waaaaay back in 1886 – That’s during the historical Meiji period! During that time, they were known as Yayoi-Ken – A restaurant known for serving European cuisine. Now, Yayoi has branches all over the globe, including Australia, Singapore, Thailand, Taiwan, and the US.
These iPad monitors right here are perhaps my most favorite part of the whole Yayoi dining experience – You no longer have to call a waiter to place in your order or pay for your meal (Which is understandable since the restaurant attracts plenty of diners so they do get quite busy during lunch time). You can order in English or, if you’re fluent enough, Japanese. They also inform you if your food is ready, or if it’s still being prepared.
(But if you’re not used to this kind of technology, not to worry – You can always ask for a physical copy of the menu.)
Menu: Teishoku, Yayoi gozen, Hitsumabushi, Jyu, Udon, Kids’ sets, A la carte, Salad, Beverages, Alcohol, Dessert.
Each Teishoku set comes with rice, miso soup, and two side dishes.
Namban Teishoku – Fried chicken steak in sweet and sour sauce and topped with Yayoi’s special tartar sauce. What’s better than a fried chicken steak? A fried chicken steak with mayo! This was probably the tenderest piece of chicken that I’ve eaten in my entire life, and that’s saying a lot. It felt like the meat was melting in my mouth.
My cousin had the Teriyaki Chicken Teishoku, chicken steak in a teriyaki sauce.
Karaage Teishoku, Japanese deep-fried chicken.
I think it’s pretty cool that Yayoi came up with the idea of putting you in charge of your entire meal- It makes them stand out amongst all of the other Japanese restaurants, in my opinion. Although their food is a little bit on the pricier side, I assure you – Everything is worth it.
Food: 5/5 (taste), 5/5 (presentation)