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Yoshinoya: "Really Cheap Japanese Gyudon!" Makati Restaurant Tip by machomikemd

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Established in 1899 in Japan, Yoshinoya is the largest chain among beef bowl (or gyûdon) restaurants and one of the leading fast food chains in Japan. It is often shortened to "yoshi gyû" (meaning Yoshinoya's beef) among its enthusiasts. Its motto is "cheap, quick and yummy".

Yoshinoya, one of the leading fast- food chains in Japan, prides itself in producing gyudon, known to the Filipinos as “beef rice bowl.” Yoshinoya’s gyudon is made from a traditional 100-year old recipe. Gyu means “cow” or “beef,” and don is short for donburi, the Japanese word for “bowl.” It is commonly served with beni shoga (pickled ginger), shicimi and a side dish of appetizing miso soup that has always been its best match. A typical order of gyudon includes flavorful slices of premium USDA beef simmered with fresh onions in a sauce of special herbs and spices, loaded in one large serving of steaming rice. (in the States, It is olny found in the los angeles area and in las vegas and one branch in times square but never in the Bay Area of San Francisco Huhuhu!)

Favorite Dish: A typical order might include omori (large size) beef bowl, raw egg (mixed with soy sauce and poured on top), a scoop of shoga (ginger) and a dash of spice. Little known to foreigners visiting Yoshinoya in Japan are the no charge special requests such as "tsuyudaku" (extra sauce) and the more rare "negidaku" (extra onions).

My favorite dish is their "beef rice bowl combo" (beef gyudon and beef teriyaki with rice and bean sprouts) at 150 pesos ($ 3.10) that actually is what I eat everytime I drop by the place. Their condiments are "to die for", topped with imported red ginger, 7 spices and kikkoman soy sauce, a taste so incredibly "yoshinoya" is created. I top it off with bottomless red iced tea at 45 pesos ($ 1) and of course, miso soup. They also offer other selections like shrimp tempura, chicken teriyaki, gyoza, tonkatsu and a lot more.

Yoshinoya Restaurants are located at SM Megamall and their other branches at Park Square 1 in Ayala Center, SM City North Edsa, Robinsons Galleria, and V Mall Carpark.

Address: Ground Level, Parksquare One, Makati City
Price Comparison: least expensive
Directions: Ground Level, Parksquare One (Beside SM Department Store), Ayala Center, Makati City
Phone: (632) 805-9221
Price: less than US$10
Rating: 5
Theme: Japanese/Sushi

Review Helpfulness: 1.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Apr 4, 2011
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