We arrived in Japan for our whirlwind 60+ hours of visiting Osaka, Kyoto and Kobe at 9am and promptly took the train from Kansai Airport to Kyoto. After quickly checking in at the Hotel Gimmond (highly recommended, very central and great budget value), we had about 1.5 hours before we had to arrive at the Kyoto Imperial Palace for our appointed tour. Thus, we were looking for something quick and easy to eat.
Kyoto is a little more laid back, less hectic and without eateries everywhere around the whole city. Thus, when we arrived close to the Imperial Palace grounds, our selection for lunch was very limited. Luckily for us, there was やよい軒 (Yayoiken).
Yayoiken is a fast food joint, Japanese style. It is great value for what you get. You mostly get hot plate type meals, but it is filling, great in portion and not that back in value. There are plenty of outlets around Japan, and you can find quite a few of them, usually open 24 hours.
When you walk in, the first thing you do is pay for what you want. You head to the machine, deposit money, then choose the dishes you want. After that, you head to your seat where the waitress will take your ticket and then you just wait for your food.
So what to order? Lena went with the hotplate Katsu/Tamago special. Here it was a small Tonkatsu, prawn tempura and some sukiyaki beef in scrambled egg sauce on a hotplate. Miso Soup and Rice are free flow and come with the set, and this one included some tofu.
The frying was nice on all pieces, and just filling and hearty and tasted great, about 640 Yen.
I went for a simpler mixed grill. Containing a hamburg steak, sausage and teriyaki chicken thigh, along with a salad.
Very nicely grilled, just right and tasty. The veggie were a nice compliment to the dish.
The area for free flow rice, soup and green tea.
So, quick and easy, fills the tummy and good in a rush!