Sunday, 7 September 2014

Yayoi Japanese Teishoku Restaurant, Sydney CBD

Having a set meal has never been this exciting.
Miso pork fillet katsu - egg porn!

And this is a really good way to make me eat my veggies.

Yayoi is actually a franchise of the original restaurant in Japan, specializing in teishoku or set meals. Their menu highlights their dedication in serving well-balanced meals. They also take pride of their steamed rice, cooked so perfectly that every grain's texture enriching the eating experience.

Their entry isn't like your usual restaurant entry, they have a big door that made us wonder if they were closed.

Front counter

The interior is lit nicely with natural daylight. It's arranged neatly with elegant and comfy furniture. Decoration is minimal but the place doesn't need striking ornaments; it's well-presented already.

Ordering wise, we used the tablets that also showed the current status of our order (e.g. cooking or finished/ready). If you're stuck or if suddenly you're all thumbs, the staffs are really friendly and will be more than happy to help you with the high-tech ordering system.


Age dofu dengaku (deep fried tofu with miso paste) arrived swiftly just after we placed the order. Not only the deep fried squares were posed nicely, they sent such powerful message to our taste buds. Powerful and delicious message, that is.

The oily factor was absolutely zero, and they had such nice crunch on their skin. Perfectly accompanied by my favourite seaweed salad and chilli powder that gave them a little bit of fire.

Age dofu dengaku (deep fried tofu with miso paste) - $12.5

I knew what to order probably about a week before my actual visit.

Miso pork fillet katsu teishoku was a porcine lover's dream. The set meal consist of a bowl of deep fried pork katsu drenched in a puddle of dark-coloured miso sauce, completed with a soft-boiled egg in the centre, then a bowl of steamed rice, two side dishes, and a bowl of miso soup.

Miso pork fillet katsu teishoku (pork fillet katsu in miso sauce, comes with chikuzen stew, steamed rice, miso soup, and Japanese pickled mustard leaves) - $28

The rice was super good, I reckon Yayoi has every right to be proud of their steamed rice. Would love to try the kama-taki (rice steamed on your table in a cooking pot) next time! The side dishes were lovely and ensured that I have a little bit of greens. They, however, didn't stand a chance for a spotlight compared to...

Comes with the set - steamed rice and chikuzen stew

... the main star: miso pork fillet katsu. The pork fillet katsu was crisp when they first came, but they went soggy after soaking the sauce for a while. They were tender and incredibly juicy though. The miso sauce made sure that their existence was recognized on every single mouthful, enveloping the katsu with its tasty, umami flavour. Break open that egg, gasp on the yolk porn, then coat the katsu with it.

More egg porn - just because.

Apparently I wasn't the one who had done the homework. Anna told me she was getting the wagyu sukiyaki teishoku even before we said 'how are you'.

While the side dishes made the whole set looked amazing (there was a super sexy onsen egg too!), the diva was the wagyu hot pot.

Wagyu sukiyaki teishoku (wagyu beef hot pot, comes with slow-cooked egg, steamed rice, boiled spinach in sesame sauce, miso soup, and Japanese pickled mustard leaves) - $33

The big black hot pot was borderline bubbling hot, and it consisted of succulent wagyu beef slices, a few blocks of tofu, mushrooms, shirataki noodles (konjac starch noodles), udon noodles, and a bit of vegetables. The broth itself had distinct sweetness, and it was all sorts of amazing. The slimy udon noodles were perfectly encased in it, and everything was extra awesome with a dip in that broth.

Give me a bowl of rice and that broth and I will be as happy as a clam.

Udon noodles

We finished off with something light and green. While matcha fans would probably squeal in excitement for these matcha and warabi mochi, I approached with caution. These chewy mochi blocks came with a little jug of brown sugar and a cup of Uji green tea.

I was proven wrong. I declare this as one of my favourite desserts now. I might have to tap the matcha powder dustings off a bit, but overall it wasn't overwhelmingly strong. The mochi had great texture, and the subtle bitterness of the matcha was offset by the sweet brown sugar.

And the warm green tea? Slightly bitter, really fragrant, and absolutely satisfying.

This comes from a non-green-tea-liker, I am telling you.

Matcha and warabi mochi (warabi/braken starch mochi served with brown sugar syrup and Uji green tea from Kyoto) - $8

Like Anna said, order your dessert when you have actually finish your main meal (or maybe just before) and don't order it at the same time of your starters and mains or else the kitchen will assume that you want all of your dishes come altogether.

If you're ordering the kama-taki, order it first and then let it cook while choosing your other meals so then you won't have to be tortured in waiting.

But really, matcha lover or not, those warabi mochi just need to be ordered.


Currency: $1 = IDR 11,000

Rating: 4/5 (Recommended)
Super satisfying and nicely portioned teishoku meals, great and quick service, price is reasonable, really nice and comfortable ambiance. I still can't get over about how good those mochi were.



38 Bridge St
Sydney, NSW 2000

Phone: (02) 9247 8166

Web: Yayoi Japanese Teishoku Restaurant
Facebook: Yayoi Japanese Teishoku Restaurant Sydney

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  1. I love a great bowl of perfectly cooked, fluffy rice. I've heard a lot about Yayoi's pork katsu. That should be enough to make me pay a visit to Yayoi :)

    1. Pork katsu FTW. It definitely worth all the hassle! :)

  2. The warabi mochi are strangely addictive aren't they? And yes, having the rice cooked at your table is such a great bit of theatre - and tasty too!

    1. Yes! I am really surprised that I am actually craving for them. Looking forward for the next visit for the theatrical rice! ;)

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    1. Next time, I'm getting the sukiyaki. Haha.

  4. All that food looks simply delicious. I love food that has a gooey egg which can be mixed into everything.

    1. That's true! It's hard to beat a tasty, sexy soft egg.

  5. This is near my work, must try it sometime! The warabi mochi looks delsih :O

    1. If you're a matcha fan, you'll definitely love it! :)

  6. Their rice and their pork - two reasons to keep coming back. Totally itching for my 4th visit already *scratch scratch*

    1. Woah dude you are on a roll. Can't wait to revisit to get that sukiyaki for myself!

  7. Oh mah I've always wanted to own a kamameshi for cooking rice in! That miso pork fillet katsu looks sexy!

    1. It is seductive alright haha. It has all the right moves! ;)

  8. been seeing this restaurant popping up around the bloggersphere lately. the wagyu beef hot pot looks really delicious!

    1. You have to try it! It or the pork katsu. Or I've been hearing good things about the fish too haha

  9. Dear Irene,

    I've heard some good things about this place. Your egg porn looks very enticing.

  10. Seeing that egg on top of that dish really looks incredible :D
    Definitely need to go there!

    Choc Chip Uru

    1. It's a great place with really nicely presented meals. Especially if you are a Japanese food fan. Thanks for dropping by, Chop Chip Uru! (love the name BTW) :)


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