Japanese Set Meals at Yayoi

by - Thursday, December 21, 2017


Food reviews are very subjective. One's rating of a restaurant depends on their own preferences and several other factors like  pricing, service, and such. This is why I give restaurants a visit even after reading negative reviews. But this time, I made a terrible experience after putting my trust in a restaurant I haven't heard nice things about.

Yayoi has been open in SM Megamall for quite some time now. Last week, they finally branched out and opened a second restaurant at SM Mall of Asia. My colleagues and I were thrilled to discover this, so we decided to give it a try on our next lunch out.



Aside from their fast and automated ordering system, Yayoi's pride is their teishoku. A teishoku is a set meal complete with rice, soup, vegetable side dish, pickles, and a main dish. Seeing that it is the obvious choice, I took a shot at their mix toji teishoku and salmon aburi roll, while my friends had their own selection from the jyu meals. 

Salmon Aburi Roll

The salmon aburi roll tasted okay. Each roll was topped with torched salmon, but the stuffings of the maki overshadowed the taste of the salmon.

Mix Toji Teishoku P475
Mix Toji Teishoku P475
Their mix toji teishoku is one of the priciest item on their menu. I didn't mind, thinking that it's a set meal that will keep me satisfied long enough 'til dinner time since it has katsu, shrimp, and sukiyaki. But I was wrong again. The appearance of my meal alone was already disappointing. I even had to ask the server where my shrimp was, and he told me it just slid to the bottom of the bowl, which made it too soggy (aside from it being really small). 

There was nothing spectacular about any part of the teishoku. The side veggies tasted weird, and the mains tasted okay. My major concern about my order was how SMALL the serving was. For the price I paid, I expected to walk out with a heavy tummy. Instead, I walked out with a heavy heart, feeling robbed!

Katsu Toji Jyu P395

Oyako Jyu P325

Yakiniku Jyu P395
I'm not discouraging you to try Yayoi. I'm just trying to write about my frustrating experience, so you know what to expect. You can still try their jyu, which seemed to have a larger serving than my teishoku, but at a lower price. 


My Scores:
Pricing - 1/5
Service - 3.5/5
Ambiance - 3.5/5
Taste - 3/5



Hungry for more,


Address: 2F Main Mall, SM Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City
Contact Number: (02) 634-4865
Operating Hours: 10:00am to 9:30pm
Budget: P500 per person
Parking: Mall Parking
Facebook: @YayoiPhilippines

Instagram: @YayoiPH

(Date of Visit: December 15, 2017)

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