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Yayoi opens in downtown Palo Alto

Uploaded: Mar 7, 2016
A Japanese restaurant chain opened its first United States location on Friday in downtown Palo Alto.

Yayoi, located at 403 University Ave., is a teishoku-style Japanese restaurant. Teishoku means "meal set" and typically includes items like rice, miso soup, a main dish, side dish and pickled vegetables. (See this Yelp photo.)

For example, there’s the nasa miso and saba teishoku ($18.50) with eggplant, pork belly and vegetables in a miso sauce, served with grilled mackerel; or the teppan beef teishoku ($19.50) — steak in a sweet onion shoyu-based sauce, served with rice, miso soup and other accompaniments. There are also seafood dishes (including sashimi), hot pots, udon and other items. View the full menu here.

Yayoi serves kinme-mai rice, is a type of Japanese rice which is refined using a “new milling method and is said to be a white rice with all the benefits of brown rice,” the restaurant’s website reads.

Perhaps in a nod to its new home, the Palo Alto Yayoi apparently has tablets on which you can place your order from the comfort of your own table, per Yelp.

Yayoi operates under the umbrella of Plenus, a larger food company that manages restaurants in Thailand, Korea, Taiwan and elsewhere and also produces rice and other foods, according to the company's website. There are more than 270 Yayoi locations in Japan, plus franchises in Thailand, Singapore and Australia.

The space at 403 University was previously occupied by O Sushi, which suddenly closed in April 2015.

Yayoi is open daily for lunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and for dinner from 5-9 p.m.
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Posted by eater, a resident of Slater,
on Mar 7, 2016 at 4:41 pm

How many spelling errors can you spot in this simple phrase? "poor belly and vegetables in a mis sauce"

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Posted by Elena Kadvany, education reporter of the Palo Alto Weekly,
on Mar 7, 2016 at 4:46 pm

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eater: Thanks for catching those autocorrect mistakes! They've been corrected.

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Posted by Berry , a resident of College Terrace,
on Mar 8, 2016 at 2:59 pm

Why is it that every single restaurant that moves into this space always sucks? I have $5 says this place sucks.

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Posted by Really?, a resident of Downtown North,
on Mar 9, 2016 at 12:45 pm

Berry - Really - What does your comment add to the community discussion?
Must be tough to live your life like that...

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Posted by Reader, a resident of another community,
on Mar 9, 2016 at 5:45 pm


Well, that's not a very neighborly attitude to the new tenants who wish to run a business in town and employ people.

Maybe you should wait to hear the reports of how others think of this new establishment before passing judgment.

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Posted by Alex, a resident of Barron Park,
on Mar 10, 2016 at 12:37 am

I've been to one of their Japanese locations, and I wasn't particularly impressed. And this location looks to be at least twice the price of what should be a $10 or less meal in Japan.

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Posted by shakenNotStirred, a resident of Waverly Park,
on Apr 3, 2016 at 3:41 pm

Yoyoi sounds like another Sushi place but with a few large, main courses. And it's another cafe/restaurant in an already saturated market on and around University Avenue. This area of Palo Alto is starting to have a strip mall feel. Nothing interesting, new or innovative on the culinary front.

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Posted by umam, a resident of Shoreline West,
on Sep 24, 2016 at 12:44 am

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on Sep 24, 2016 at 12:44 am

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Posted by Dan, a resident of Greater Miranda,
on Dec 4, 2016 at 5:24 pm

I have lived in Japan for 12 years speak the language and my wife is Japanese. Everyone with the regrettable exception of Barry is right. There is a certain flavor profile that they have imported directly which is why there have been so many Japanese families there on my visits.

The third or fourth gen run restaurants have creeped over the line whereas people who know can taste the difference due I think to both bringing their own ingredients over-not cheap. And the cooking techniques as well.

As to price: they are paying big rent and staff who get no tips. That said in Japan as here most places offer a lower price lunch menu and they don't. So yes for lunch prices somewhat high and yes tea should really be included. But same thing at dinner is reasonable.

This is accessible Japanese comfort food if you want a break from sushi which has become too popular for its own good imo given how many are run by Chinese and Koreans at the low end.

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