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Plano lands uncommon comfort-food restaurant straight from Japan

Plano lands uncommon comfort-food restaurant straight from Japan

Plano will be home to the first branch of Yayoi in Texas. Photo courtesy of Yayoi

Do you like Japanese fried chicken? A new restaurant concept from Japan called Yayoi is coming to the Dallas area. It's a "teishoku" style restaurant, described as Japanese comfort food, and the first branch in Texas will open in Plano at 120 Legacy Dr., in a new development at the Legacy 100 center at US 75.

Teishoku is an East-meets-West deal consisting of home-style "set meals," sort of like the American three squares, with a main dish of meat or fish, plus rice, vegetables, and miso soup.

The teishoku concept has become a popular convenient meal option in Japan, with many teishoku-style chains, of which Yoyai is one. It's a little like cafeteria-style eating, with a variety of items on your tray, at a set price. They also serve quickly, making them a popular option for workers on their lunch break.

Main dish options include deep-fried pork loin in miso sauce; pork belly and stir-fried vegetables; and teriyaki hamburg teishoku, a Japanese take on Salisbury steak. If you don't want to to do teishoku, there are noodles and other Japanese dishes.

The fried chicken is pounded flat like a steak and breaded with a thick, crunchy crust. It's drizzled with sweet and sour sauce and a special Yayoi tartar sauce.

In addition to the novelty of the teishoku concept, Yayoi's ordering is unique. There is regular full service with a physical menu, or you can also order from an iPad menu where you tap and send your choice to the kitchen, then monitor the status of your order real-time, and even pay your bill. Great for control freaks.

There's also a full bar.

The chain operates 297 Yayoi-ken restaurants in Japan, with origins that date back to the 19th century, and 155 overseas locations, many in Thailand. It made its U.S. debut in 2016 with the opening of a branch in Palo Alto. According to a spokesperson, the Plano location is the first of eight branches that will open in Texas.