3/F Mega B, SM Megamall, EDSA cor. Julia Vargas Ave., Ortigas Center, Mandaluyong, Metro Manila
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Tried this new Japanese place in Megamall. It's a franchise from Japan and it just opened recently. There are Japanese staff supervising the whole operation. The resto space is not big so be prepared to wait for a table during peak hours. There are touch screen monitors at the tables for you to electronically place your orders and to call the staff. They have set meals as well as ala carte dishes. Wide selection of food to order, from meats to fish. They also take particular pride of the rice they serve and they claim that they serve good cooked rice - cornerstone of a good meal, they said. Basically, this resto offers something fresh and new to the Philippine market. The more the merrier.
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Whenever im at mega i wanna try something that cant be found at bgc, makati or qc, or at least for the time being, so met up up with a few peeps for dinner and let them choose if its either japanese or pasta/pizza for dinner, all prefer japanese dish so yayoi it is it looks promising on the reviews so off we go.
As expected were on waiting list but ive noticed that there were 3 big groups who went ahead of us so i cant understand how their queue works but nonetheless i got a glimpse of their ipad ordering system which makes me giddy and afterwards excited for this review, theres nothing better than making a review on a resto that serves quality food.
We were seated on a bar/office type table with net cafe feel and ipad ordering system in front of us, so it feels like your in front of a pc unlike the one at genki. We all went for teishoku but alot of their items at menu are sold out including their best seller namban chicken, my memory could be wrong, please correct me if i didnt got that right.
Instead i went for the pork belly teishoku and seatmate got mix katsu teishoku, bar/net cafe type table only limits sharing to seatmates. Pork belly was good but whats better was the mix katsu. 2 ladies in yayoi uniform sat on my left ( i assume their owners or at least managers) who were eating miso katsu teishoku.... oooh i should have go for that one but next time.
Miso soup was the best here, not too salty and the seaweed force was strong here. Rice is not unli here so it would be a plus if it is. Sides were unique but just okay, its different depends on the teishoku ordered.
Make no mistake this is a 5 star for me and will be back sooner than later coz of the quality of its dishes but the drawback would be the number of items that were sold out during our visit. But... hmmm.. sige na nga 5 stars.
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Sarap talaga dito. And today we tried their Karaage, it was delicious! Sobrang tender and juicy and ang crispy nung skin. Yummy din yung dipping mayo.
Pero mga bes, please be warned, yung 90PHP na iced tea dito e Lipton lang na hindi refillable tapos kalahati nung maloit na baso e yelo. Nabuwisit ako. Gusto ko tanungin tanungin sa manager "ikaw ba oorder ng 90PHP na Lipton iced tea na puwede naman bilhin sa 7/11?" Buti sana kung house blend e.
At... amppogi nung boypren ko ayan sa last pic yung mga kinain namen. Haha!
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Believe the hype. This definitely is worth it.
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Teishoku or Japanese Cuisines.
Rushing! After my meeting. I travel to SM Megamall and I arrived few minutes before the mall open.
Walking fast! Until I reached Yayoi at the 3rd Level of Building B of SM Megamall. I am number 9 in the line and I will be included in the first batch to experience Yayoi's Regular Teishoku Set for FREE.
Yayoi Japanese Teishoku Restaurant is the first Teishoku Restaurant in the country. Its a franchise from Japan. They have branches in Japan, US, Australia and Thailand. 🇯🇵
Once seated, the server handed me the menu and aside from that they also have an ipad menu in every table where you can place your order, call the staff for assistance and ask for the bill. Hi-Tech!
I place my order to the ipad in front of me. I got the bestseller in all their branches Namban Teishoku, its a fried chicken steak in sweet and sour sauce with special Yayoi tartar sauce. "I really like the way they did to the sauce. It's really yummy!" I add a dessert Ohagi, steamed sticky rice ball with azuki beans.
Namban Teishoku with Miso Soup, Vegetables and Rice for Php395.00 - ️️️️️ 5/5
Ohagi for Php145.00 - ️️️ 3/5
I had a "busog day" with Yayoi. Definitely I am going back again for the other Teishoku sets.
Thanks to Mary Love S and Ruth S for the recommendation.
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YAYOI is finally in Manila and the first branch will open tomorrow, September 16 in SM Megamall. But before they finally open, we had the chance to try this place first. Mary Love S and I were both (very) lucky to be invited again by Foodgrammer.ph!!! ️🏼
Yayoi is the first Teishoku (set-menu dining) restaurant in Manila. Teishoku is a dining concept wherein meals are served as a set: main dish + miso soup + Japanese rice + side dishes of vegetables + tsukemono (Japanese pickles). It's a complete set, everything you'll ever need and want in one tray. The goal is to give us only the best and authentic dining experience that will take us (back) to Japan, one Teishoku tray at a time (in our case, 5 trays at a time. 🏼).
This is located at the 3rd floor, building B of SM Megamall (near CBTL). When I entered the place, I already felt the "Japanese resto feels". Aside from the presence of the Japanese chef and partners, the place is clean and simple but still beautiful. Modern interiors but still with the "Japanese" touch. The area is not that big but I was surprised that it can fit up to 80 pax. Also, iPads are available in every table. Just like in Genki, you order through the iPad but instead of a train delivering your orders, the overly friendly and helpful staffs will serve your orders.
There were only 5 items availale during the press launch and because we're foodies, we love food (and yup, free food ), we ordered all. 🏼
While waiting, we were served with Hot Green Tea and Edamame. It was my first time trying these lightly boiled salted soybeans and wow, I loved it! I can't stop myself from getting again and again! Nakakaadik!
After a while, our orders were served.
My favorite was the SUKIYAKI TEISHOKU - beef hot pot with assorted vegetables stewed in sukiyaki sauce. I enjoyed and loved this dish! The beef was tender (with a little bit of fat), generous serving of vegetables and tofu (yayy!! ), and the sukiyaki sauce was oh so yummy and flavorful - sweet and salty at the same time. This was also served with udon noodles, slow cooked egg , Japanese rice and sides.
There are 3 ways to enjoy this dish:
1. Usual way. Enjoy the original flavor of sukiyaki.
2. You can dip the beef in the egg.
3. Enjoy it with the udon noodles.
I just mixed everything and still loved it!
2nd favorite would be the MIX TOJI TEISHOKU - breaded porkloin, fried shrimp and sukiyaki beef simmered in special sauce and egg. This was good, as well. I loved the egg the most! The shrimp, pork, and beef were all tender. Breading was not too thick. Just be sure to eat it right away so you still get to enjoy the crisp breading and not the soggy type.
Side story: We had the chance to talk with Yvonne (one of the owner) while we were eating. Can I just say that it was nice that she really took the time to approach us and explain to us how Yayoi started, what made them decide to bring it here in Manila. Also, she shared to us about the training they had in Japan. It was cool and very interesting that all Teishoku trays, all parts of it, how the ingredients were positioned and placed in the tray were well thought of, pinag-isipan talaga ng mabuti. You don't just put everything in the plate and serve it. There's a reason why the beef, the pork and the shrimp were positioned that way. It was fun listening to her stories. Ang galing! 🏼
And then for my 3rd favorite, the NAMBAN TEISHOKU - fried chicken steak in sweet and sour sauce and topped with the special Yayoi tartar sauce. Served with a salad, miso soup, Japanese rice and sides. The chicken was huge, really! Loved how well the chicken was fried. It was still juicy and with crispy breading. The special sauce was interestingly good. I can't explain it but I liked this dish. Plus the side salad with roasted sesame dressing was yummy. I love anything everything with sesame dressing so I enjoyed this so much.
The other 2 dishes we tried are the following:
HITSUMABUSHI - grilled eel over rice and served with a side of dashi broth. This was just okay or I am just not a fan of eel?
The best way to enjoy this "delicate" dish is to divide it into 4 parts. That way, you get to try the different ways of eating this dish:
1. Usual/original way. Enjoy it's original flavor.
2. Add the condiments provided.
3. Pour the dashi broth.
4. Have it your way!
SABA SHIO TEISHOKU - salt-grilled mackerel. This was good. The fish was simple yet so flavorful and tasty. I'll order this next time so I get to enjoy a full order! Haha!
All of the dishes are served with the equally yummy and interesting sides, Japanese rice, and miso soup. The "green veggie" side was the best! Too bad I wasn't able to ask for the name.
There were 4 available desserts but they ran out of the matcha dessert so . We were only able to try the VANILLA ICE CREAM with (canned) fruits and the OHAGI which is steamed sticky rice ball smothered in sweet azuki beans. Since I am not a fan of azuki beans and anything super sweet, this was just okay. The next time I go back here, I'm getting the Matcha ice cream and the Matcha Anmitsu!
But still, I enjoyed eating here and I can't wait to go back here soon!!!
PS: They'll be opening a branch in MOA early next year. And the goal is to open 15 branches within the next 5 years. 🏼
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It is so hard to resist good food especially when your foodie godfather invites you to the media launch of a Japanese restaurant. This time, the invite was for Yayoi.
I've heard about Yayoi from one of my friends working in Ortigas. He was quite excited to try this place out since he was starting to get tired of the usual restaurants in one of the busiest malls in Manila. And finally, it is open to the public!
After crawling our way out of EDSA for half an hour, we finally reached SM Megamall and scurried towards Yayoi. And we made it just in time!
We were greeted by the friendly PR team and owners of Yayoi. We were quickly ushered inside and I couldn't help gush over the mix of traditional Japanese ambiance with its wooden walls and technology through the iPads stationed on each table. (The iPads serve as the menu and platform to place your order.)
After feasting on some Edamame (PHP120), we headed to the photo table and joined other bloggers, media personalities and Instagrammers take some mouthwatering photos of Yayoi's highlighted offerings.
Our orders were served after the welcome remarks of the hosts and we soon indulged in some serious Japanese dishes.
First served was the Mix Toji Teishoku (PHP425) or breaded pork loin, deep fried shrimp and sukiyaki beef simmered in special sauce and egg served with rice, miso soup and two sides.
I loved the sweet and salty taste of the sauce which complemented the succulent katsu and breaded shrimp. I also enjoyed eating the egg base with Japanese rice while slurping some hot miso soup. The tofu side dish helped balance the taste and avoided the main dish from being cloying.
The Namban Teishoku (PHP395) or fried chicken steak in sweet and sour sauce, topped with Yayoi tartar sauce was pretty good too! It was a Japanese take to the well-loved fried chicken.
The thick cuts of breaded chicken breasts were so juicy that each bite would give you a wave of its delectable sauce. Just do not expect bold flavors you'd get from Chinese cuisines. Yayoi's version of sweet and sour is a lot milder and I love it this way!
Hitsumabushi (PHP650) or Nagoya-style grilled eel over rice with dashi broth on the side caught my interest when I saw it on the photo table. Unagi with broth? I've never had anything like it before. And this dish could be enjoyed in different ways.
You could eat it as is, with some or all of the spices or go all out with spices and dashi broth. Yayoi recommends though that you divide your Hitsumabushi in four portions and discover how you like your Hitsumabushi best.
I loved the delicate flavors of this dish. It had a mild taste that I really like. The subtle taste of the broth and the spices complemented the natural flavor of the grilled eel instead of masking it; just like what happens with its teriyaki counterpart. Feel free to go crazy with wasabi and spring onions if you want to have stronger flavors.
I also got a nibble of the Saba Shio Teishoku (PHP425) or salt-grilled mackerel. It was actually the dish I wanted to order as I am a big fan of mackerel. I stopped myself from ordering it though as I didn't think it would be any different from the ones I had before.
I was so glad when the friendly guy from Orange Magazine shared his order with us. Without a tiny bit of hesitation, I accepted his offer and took a piece of mackerel. And it was pretty good! It was not overly salty and the fish was juicy. I loved it! Though it was nothing different.
But the best dish award goes to the Sukiyaki Teishoku (PHP550). I went to sukiyaki heaven after one bite of this delectable dish. The sweet and salty sauce had a stronger taste compared to the other dishes but it was balanced by the slightly chewy udon, crunchy veggies, tender beef slices and mushrooms. I enjoyed my serving of sukiyaki best with the slow-cooked egg on top of it. Yayoi recommends to dip the meat in the egg though or mix it all together. I'll try that next time.
We patiently waited for our desserts to arrive while trying to finish off our set meals (yes, that's what teishoku means in English). And after a while, one of the staff delivered a heartbreaking news... they ran out of ice cream. And two out of their 4 highlighted desserts have ice cream. But it was okay as the dessert we were about to enjoy was Matcha Warabi Mochi (PHP135). We're absolutely fine as long as we end the meal with our favorite matcha.
We were so surprised though when they served Vanilla Ice Cream (PHP125). We could tell though that they tried their best to accommodate everyone's request for dessert as the ice cream scoop was quite small.
The vanilla ice cream was nothing extraordinary though adding fruit cocktail was a nice touch. It was like enjoying fruit salad.
We were also given two servings of Ohagi (PHP145) or steamed sticky rice ball covered in sweet azuki beans. I liked this one more than the vanilla ice cream as it had a more Japanese taste to it and I just love azuki! And if you are too, you have to order this as scrimping on azuki beans seems to be a strange idea to Yayoi. Make sure you eat it with the yellow ball which tasted like chestnut. (<-- I have yet to verify this one.)
And no, they eventually ran out of all matcha desserts after serving our two desserts. *ugly cry*
Overall, it was a great lunch. I love how the Yayoi Philippines team made its dishes true to its Japanese counterpart. I will definitely be back for more. I can't wait to try the matcha desserts!
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