Friday, 21 August 2009


It was a nostalgia trip I had to take. Back flooded memories of Japan 2004 and the glorious food on that tour. What I didn’t understand was how Japanese fast food joints existed when there were plenty of awesome places serving practically the same thing just under independent businesses. Not to say that it was a bad meal when we had a go at the commercial places, benefiting from economies of scale and able to produce at a cut price. There was a cut in flavour though.

So how would it be in Sydney? The Yoshinoya has the plastic sterile cleanliness of Maccas and the pricing is also comparable. Bowls of beef (gyu-don), curry, and teriyaki chicken are $6.35 for regular and $7.55 for large, which is pretty good for something that’s freshly cooked. The teriyaki sauce is light compared to the heavy Westernised versions you might encounter but pleasant enough, chicken kaarage pieces however a bit dry and could do with more of a peppery punch.

My understanding of Yoshinoya is now a little clearer. Like Maccas, you know exactly what you’re going to get whenever you order up, consistently average stuff.

2 / 5 yums!
Where? 43 Oxford St, Darlinghurst, NSW
What? Under $10

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