September 15, 2016

YAYOI Japanese Teishoku Restaurant in SM Megamall Satisfies Your Cravings for Set Menu Dining

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  • Let your cravings for authentic Japanese dishes be satisfied with Japan’s hugely popular teishoku (set menu dining) restaurant, YAYOI at SM Megamall, Mandaluyong City!

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     YAYOI Japanese Teishoku Restaurant in SM Megamall

    Set meals are a big part of the Filipino dining experience—from cafeteria lunch menus to restaurant value meals. Japanese cuisine takes this practice up a notch with a traditional culinary term known as ichijū-sansai, which literally means “one soup, three sides.” This term refers to a meal consisting of rice and soup accompanied by three dishes (one main and two sides).

    Combining a variety of individual items and dishes for complete and well-balanced nutrition, it is still considered a basis for a healthy, well-balanced diet.

    YAYOI takes inspiration from the wisdom of Japanese culinary tradition with its Teishoku-dining concept— serving home-style set meals, consisting of a main dish of meat or fish, miso soup, a steaming bowl of rice, and side dishes of vegetables and tsukemono (Japanese pickles). Established 130 years ago, it all began in the historic Meiji era that opened Japan’s doors to the west.

    The founder, Tamijiro Shio, had trained in France as a professional chef and returned to Tokyo to open the first YAYOI-KEN in 1886, serving superb East-meets-West Teishoku meals at 1 yen per set, attracting even the Prime Minister as a frequent customer.

    Teishoku Gourmet Madness 

    Have a taste of their Namban Teishoku, comprised of fried chicken steak in sweet and sour sauce, topped with a special YAYOI tartar sauce. However, if you have a penchant for beef, the Sukiyaki Teishoku is just the right choice as it is a beef hot-pot with assorted vegetables stewed in sukiyaki sauce.

    img_9455Namban Teishoku (Php 395)

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    Sukiyaki Teishoku (Php 595)

    Further, YAYOI also offers the Katsu Toji Teishoku, a pork dish simmered in sauce and cage-free eggs. It is also served with rice, miso soup, vegetables, and pickles.

    Katsu Toji Teishoku (Php 395)

    While Filipinos are no strangers to Japanese fare, many restaurants specialize in one type of dish: a ramen bar, a katsu house, sushi, and tempura bar. YAYOI, on the other hand, offers a wide variety of meals, dessert, and beverages.

    “We have always been passionate about food, and we believe YAYOI offers authentic flavorful Japanese cuisine,” says Ms. Jacqueline. “We’re very excited about it.”

    Among these delicious sweet treats that you can ultimately have for dessert is the Matcha Ice Cream made of green tea ice cream with azuki beans and fruit cocktail, served with black sugar syrup.

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    Matcha Ice Cream (Php 95)

    A fusion of two worlds is not only apparent in YAYOI’s food items, but also in the restaurant’s East-meets-West, traditional-meets-contemporary approach. Many elements are imported from Japan. The interiors are modern with unmistakably Japanese aesthetics.

    In addition to the usual physical menu, the ordering system makes use of an iPad menu where customers can tap and send their choices to the kitchen, and also monitor the status of their orders real-time. It is a first in the Philippines and a nod to Japanese technology.

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    A whole new dining experience

    At YAYOI, fans of Japanese cuisine can expect nothing less than an authentic dining experience that takes you back to Japan, one Teishoku tray at a time.  

    How to get here:

    • YAYOI in SM Megamall is located at the 3rd Level of the mall’s Building B, which is on the right side when you’re facing SM Megamall.
    • For public transportation, you can either opt to ride the MRT and alight at Ortigas Station, or you can ride a city bus that passes through EDSA and go down in the designated bus stop in Ortigas.
    • For private vehicles coming from the north, SM Megamall would be on the left side. For those coming from the south, it would be on the right side. Remember that SM Megamall is just situated between Ortigas Avenue and Shaw Boulevard.
                 
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