A glossy new restaurant has popped up on the streets of Chatswood and it specialises in Japanese Teishoku, which are meal sets comprising of a main, rice, soup and various side dishes. On the inside, Yayoi Japanese Teishoku restaurant looks just as polished with its brightly lit interior and mounted electronic screens.
The menu is quite extensive with various choices of proteins and vegetables with the Teishoku sets, Udon or stand-alone dishes off the a la carte menu.
We ordered the Nasu Miso off the a la carte and it arrived at our table first. Rich, earthy miso sauce coated the fried, soft eggplant, capsicum, slivers of pork and enoki mushroom. The dish was a little salty on its own, but with rice it was perfect.
The Teishoku sets came shortly after. I ordered the Mix Toji set which was pork katsu, crumbed prawn and wagyu beef in egg.
The three large chunks of juicy pork had a nice layer of fat and the prawn was nicely cooked. The katsu crumb was faultless – flaky, crispy and melt in the mouth. The wagyu beef was tender and beneath the egg was a good amount of umami soy broth with cooked onion. The set came with rice, miso soup with tofu, pickles and silken tofu with edamame beans, mushroom and carrots in a citrusy yuzu sauce.
The Tororo Nabe set came with a bubbling hotpot of chicken, pork, chicken meatballs and various vegetables in a dashi broth. It came with a separate bowl of white yam, which had been grated until it was smooth and silky. Adding the yam into the chicken soup brought a sweetness that softened the savoury flavour of the broth. Texture-wise it added a cloudy thickness to the soup – similar to adding egg in soup in Chinese cooking.
The portion was quite big with a generous amount of tender meat and noodles. Rice, miso soup, pickles and a side dish of sesame infused greens were served in the set.
It was quite busy on a Friday night, with a queue forming shortly after 6.30. The food is warm, satisfying and healthy and the dessert menu is pretty tempting, so I’ll be back for sure.