Japanese cuisine is undoubtedly one I’ll never get sick of. If it was my last meal I’d have a hard time choosing between miso katsu, kushi katsu, or tonkatsu (yes, just about every Japanese food ending in katsu is delicious).
I’d just come back from my second trip to Japan this year, and was meeting C in the city one Saturday afternoon. Our afternoon matcha date turned into dinner plans. We didn’t have a reservation anywhere, but both of us knew we were in the mood for Japanese, so we turned to one place where we had been before and we thought probably wouldn’t be too busy earlier on in the evening. I’d already been to Yayoi once before, and enjoyed the restaurant’s unpretentious manner, good food and service.
C and I arrived early in the evening, around 5 or 6pm on a Saturday night without a prior reservation. We were welcomed in and seated promptly. C decided to go with the Wagyu Yakiniku Jyu ($25). Her verdict was that the meat was very chewy.
I saw this on the menu and had hoped that it would be the same as miso katsu, a traditional Japanese dish from Nagoya that I had eaten in July. I know comparing food in Sydney to foods I have eaten overseas is unrealistic, but every time I eat Japanese food in Sydney now, I never feel that anything is as good and I’m consequently disappointed. That being said, the miso pork fillet katsu was not bad. The miso sauce was thick and rich, with pork that was nicely deep fried without being oily.
At Yayoi, no matter if other elements of the food are not done well, the rice is always cooked perfectly.
After we finished our mains, we decided to share dessert. We shared the Matcha and Warabi Mochi ($9) which is as traditionally Japanese as you can get. C had seen a picture of this on someone’s Instagram, and wanted to order this. However, it ended up being one of those scenarios where the food looked better than it tasted. C and I agreed that it wasn’t terrible, but it wasn’t the best dessert that we could have had that night.
Overall, C and I had a pleasant meal, in a quiet, semi-formal environment. Yayoi is one of those standard restaurants that I find myself coming back to because of the affordable food, and good service.