One Friday, the Mongolian and I were racking our brains for a healthy feed after work. The emphasis on healthy because the next day was my firm’s end of financial year ball, and I had a skirt a size too small to fit into. We were about to go home defeated when I remembered Yayoi which appeared in my Instagram feed. It looked wholesome enough so we braved the chilly winds to Bridge Street.
Although it was a Friday night and it was relatively full, we were seated within 5 minutes of arriving. The waitress gave us menus to peruse and an iPad to order our food. The Mongolian has wanted to introduce me to plum wine for ages now, so the waitress also helped us decide which delicious, sweet and rich wine to order.
Yayoi is a restaurant chain from Japan and specialises in set menus / bento sets. Each set comes with a special rice cooker which cooks the rice in front of you on your table and takes about 25 minutes to produce edible rice. The set itself is timed so that it comes approximately when your rice is ready.
If you’re worried about what to do during the 25 minutes it takes for your food to cook, may I recommend people watching. The Mongolian and I took joy observing a waiter who had the most abundant and extravagant facial expressions, he was like a comedian. Either that or order an entree to kill time.
Both our mains were too sweet; even though I was initially tempted by their matcha mochi dessert, I felt like my dessert had been integrated into my main. Perhaps that’s why both of us had a side of salty pickles on our trays, because I actually used it to balance out the sweetness of my eggs.
Anyway, it was a bit of a healthy meal fail. I probably should have ordered a fish set rather than something fried, or come on a day when I wasn’t going to be worried about squeezing into an outfit…