Last Christmas season, I avoided parties. Not really being an anti-social, but I wanted to reserve my time and energy for doing personal things, spending the holidays with the family and avoiding the stress of traffic and overspending. Keeping things simple made me happy that way. There were only selected occasions that I confirmed my attendance with, and those were special blogging events, reunions with family and very close friends.
One of the socials that I particularly enjoyed and deemed unforgettable was when I had a reunion with my elementary friends in Colegio de Sta. Rosa (CSR). When one of our dear friends Lorraine came home from Australia to celebrate Christmas, we quickly arranged a meet-up in BGC and I tell you, that was one of the unplanned and spontaneous dates we’ve had in a while because we are all busy with our schedules.
After strolling around BGC and chitchat over coffee, we looked for a restaurant to eat dinner. Since most restaurants in BGC are fully-booked on a Sunday, we then decided to go to a newly-opened mall, One Bonifacio Highstreet (the mall located at the far end of High Street Central, near the fountain). Upon seeing that Yayoi Teishoku Restaurant had seats readily available for our group, we all agreed to settle here finally.
ABOUT YAYOI TEISHOKU RESTAURANT
Yayoi takes a new approach to one of the famous Japanese cuisines, Teishoku. Teishoku is popularly known in Japan as the classic set meal that includes rice, main dish, vegetables, and soup. Teishoku dining is based on the ichiju-issai (or “one soup, one side”).
Aside from Teishoku, Yayoi offers an impressive range of Japanese food from starters, rice meals, a la carte dishes, drinks and desserts. At the moment, there are three branches in the Philippines: one in BGC, SM Megamall, and SM Mall of Asia. We have heard that the other branches are really performing well based on the average number of customers dining there daily.
ORDERING VIA iPAD
Yayoi integrates technology into their ordering system by installing iPads in every dining table where customers can select and view the status of their orders. The orders go directly to their kitchen and you can pay the bill at the end of the dinner.
The traditional menu is still available for the not-so-tech-savvy customers. If you want the full description of the food, I suggest you ask for the printed menu. The tablet only displays the photo, name, and price of the food. However, it becomes convenient as it saves you the waiting time for the servers to take your orders.
If you need assistance with your orders or questions about the dish, feel free to call the staff and they’d be willing to guide you.
Yayoi has a decent and sleek ambiance. It blends with the sophisticated vibe of the mall. It typifies a legit casual Japanese restaurant with its modern interiors, wooden accents, warm lights, and classy Japanese tableware.
Photo from Yayoi IG
My friends and I ordered appetizers, rice meals and Teishoku. With the variety in Yayoi’s menu, it’s not hard to choose your preference despite the unfamiliar names.
Kas and Hazel had Salmon Temari Sushi (Php 295) and Spicy Salmon Roll (Php 395). The difference between the two aside from the spicy flavor is the additional fillings in the latter. Kas liked her plain Salmon roll light and easy, and fresh too. Hazel liked the flavorful stuff inside the Maki, like she did with the Tempura flakes that added texture to the roll.
I had the Tempura Teishoku, (Php 395). It was a too heavy meal that I easily got tired of the Tempura and breaded vegetables. Nakakaumay. The veggies overpowered the shrimps which were only two pieces. I wasn’t able to finish the entire thing, but I loved the Potato salad and Miso soup. I should have ordered the Tempura a la carte instead.
Kit and Lorraine ordered Oyako Jyu (Chicken and egg simmered with special sauce and served with rice), Php 325.
Kit, who has a penchant for Japanese culture and language, finds this rendition as authentic. The egg was not overcooked but fluffy the way it should be, plus the sauce that renders sweet notes was not overwhelming to the palate.
There is no direct translation for Jyu that relates to food, but based on the Kanji text (yes she is that into studying the language) it means nest of boxes or stacked boxes. So to sum it up, Jyu is Japanese food or Japanese set meal placed in a box. (Comments and corrections are welcome below, hehe.)
Liz had the Wafu Katsu Jyu (Php 395) or deep-fried pork loin simmered in sauce and eggs, placed over rice. The Katsu was a filling meal, she said.
Bianca satisfied her appetite with the Mix Toji Teishoku (Php 475) which was a good combo of shrimp, beef gyudon, and breaded pork loin. It was generally okay, she said. The Tonkotsu was notably tender and the beef was not too soggy.
She also like the Tamago Yaki (Php 150) which was not too sweet compared to other Japanese restaurants.
Lastly, Mavic had the Yakiniku Jyu (Php 395) or tender slices of beef cooked in Japanese style sauce and served with rice. She finds it too sweet for her liking but maybe others who appreciate sweetened dishes others may tell otherwise. Yakiniku Jyu, Php 395
The staff are pleasant and courteous, the service was quick too. Questions are entertained well.
HIGH END JAPANESE DINNER
Yayoi went extra mile to deliver Japanese cuisine in a non-mediocre way from the aesthetics of food presentation and ambience, efficiency in service, to the aid of technology in ordering. For me, it’s generally satisfactory. It could be bank breaking, but the over-all experience was worth it for me.
I haven’t tried the other branches but BGC was too finesse for a top notch date.
SIDE STORY: KASINTRE
I went to the same school in Elementary with Kasintre. Kasintre is our all-girl group which is a combined term for Kada Sinco and Kada Tres (yes, names for girl cliques are popular then in CSR). I transferred to a different school in junior high but I still maintained closeness with them. Conversations about crushes, love life, school and petty problems have shifted to adulting, married life, bills, and career but it still feels good to laugh with them about the same things. The bond never changed even after decades.
I am just happy and thankful that even if things don’t turn out good in my life, I I know they are one of the people I can run to anytime. 😍
Yayoi Teishoku Restaurant
2nd Floor One Bonifacio Highstreet
BGC, Taguig (new mall beside Philippine Stock Exchange Tower)
Facebook: Yayoi Philippines