Yoshinoya Restaurant: Affordable Japanese Food in Cebu

Those who know me well know that I am a sucker for Japanese food. How delighted I was to learn that the Yoshinoya Restaurant finally opened its first branch in Cebu at the SM Seaside City. A second branch is also opening soon at Robinsons Galleria Cebu.

One fine day last December 2015, we decided to dine at the Yoshinoya Restaurant in SM Seaside City largely because I had a coupon that says I can avail of free serving of California Maki for a minimum spend of PhP 500. This was from a promotion on my SM Advantage Card. Initially, the store did not honor the offer since the electronic coupon from the SM Advantage Mobile Application only indicated the offer was only available at SM Mall of Asia, SM Manila, SM Megamall, and SM North EDSA and not at SM Seaside City. Luckily however, the manager at the Yoshinoya branch at SM Seaside City later on agreed to give us the free item.

What We Ordered at Yoshinoya

For appetizers, we ordered ebi tempura and gyoza. Both were fast food-grade. Three pieces of gyoza sells at PhP 59. A piece of ebi tempura retails at PhP 39, three pieces at PhP 115, and six pieces at PhP 229.

My top place to get gyoza in Cebu is at Tempura Japanese Grill. For tempura, I recommend Choobi Choobi Restaurant.

shrimp tempura at Yoshinoya
Ebi tempura

pot stickers at Yoshinoya

The California Maki which we got for free was fast food-grade as well, but I am not complaining at its cost of PhP 59 for 4 slices. Plus we got this one on the house.

California maki at Yoshinoya
California maki

For our meal, we ordered a bowl of beef gyudon and two jumbo plates. the gyudon was spot on. Regular size order sells at PhP 139. Large orders are sold at PhP 175.

beef gyudon at Yoshinoya
Beef gyudon

Our jumbo plate orders were beef and yakiniku and beef and tempura. The beef and yakiniku jumbo plate was a plate of plain steamed rice topped with beef gyudon, pork yakiniku, and bean sprouts. This sells at PhP 215 per order.

beef and yakiniku at Yoshinoya
Beef and yakiniku

The beef and tempura jumbo plate was also served as plain steamed rice topped with beef gyudon, yasai itame or stir-fried mixed vegetables, and four pieces of shrimp tempura.

beef and tempura at Yoshinoya
Beef and tempura

Location and Contact Information

As of December 2015, Yoshinoya has one branch in Cebu. It is at the Lower Ground Floor of the SM Seaside City at the South Road Properties, Cebu City. Some stores in the immediate vicinity are Krispy Kreme, Max's Fried Chicken, Kuya J Restaurant, and Cinnabon.

Plans to open a second Yoshinoya branch in Cebu branch are underway. This will be at Robinsons Galleria Cebu at the North Reclamation Area.

Have you tried the food at Yoshinoya? How was it? What is your favorite item on their menu? You may share in the comments below.