I’m always on the lookout for restaurants that have good food at affordable prices, but I don’t have much luck when it comes to Japanese food as most places tend to be a) cheap but mediocre, or b) good but expensive.
Beatrice, Velda and I were craving for Japanese food after our meeting with the folks from Intel and Toshiba, so we went to Liang Court, also known as little Japan in Singapore. While walking around, we chanced upon Yayoiken, a new Japanese Restaurant at the entrance of Meidi-ya supermarket.
After having lunch there, I’ll go so far as to say that my hunt for a place that serves inexpensive and good Japanese food has ended with Yayoiken at Liang Court.
The menu ranges from Saba Shio set ($9,9); to Tonkatsu set ($13.9); and Gyu Yakiniku set ($16.9). We took a long time to look through the menu as there were so many things that we wanted to try.
We eventually ordered Wafu Hamburg set ($14.9), Tonkatsu set ($13.9), Tori Katsu set ($14.9), Katsu Don ($11.9), and Gyoza ($4.9).
The Tonkatsu was outstanding. The pork was crispy, juicy, and tender. Definitely one of the better Tonkatsu I’ve had, and let’s not forget that it is only $13.9. (Places like Tampopo and Tonkichi have good tonkatsu, but they are charging almost $30 for the premium grade.) This is going into my list of best Tonkatsu restaurants in Singapore.
The Katsu Don, Wafu Hamburg and Tori Katsu were also pretty good. There’s really nothing you can pick on when they are serving decent Japanese food at such affordable prices.
Yayoiken restaurant at Liang Court Shopping Mall offers surprisingly good Japanese food. I honestly believe that it will give Japanese casual dining restaurants like Watami, Ootoya and Waraku, a run for their money.
This is one place that I will definitely go back again.
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Yayoiken Japanese Restaurant
177 River Valley Road
#B1-50 Liang Court Shopping Centre
Daily: 10am – 10pm
For more recommendations, please read my list of Japanese Restaurants in Singapore