Yumean Teishoku Restaurant, Yashio

Value for money dining for the whole family

By Sleiman Azizi    - 2 min read

Family teishoku restaurants are a dime a dozen in Japan. Featuring set menus based upon a bowl of rice served with several side dishes of meats, vegetables and other goodies, teishoku represent some of the best value casual dining experiences in the country.

Part of the Skylark restaurant chain, Yumean has stores all over the country with heavy representation in Tokyo, Chiba, Kanagawa and Saitama prefectures. Our visit was to the local restaurant in Yashio City, a small municipality in Saitama close to Tokyo.

Simple, but modern, interior
Simple, but modern, interior

Our first visit there saw us try the buffet shabu-shabu Kiso course complete with all-you-can-eat serves of either pork or beef. At a measly JPY 2900, it was certainly value for money. The dipping pots contained two flavours, one a spicy kimchi and the other a more traditional dashi stock flavour. Both were yum.

Twin flavoured dipping pots for the shabu-shabu course
Twin flavoured dipping pots for the shabu-shabu course

Later, we came back to try the Winter Seafood Rice Bowl. With a choice of either crab or ikura salmon roe as topping, I chose the ikura and, along with the tempura and the dollop of uni sea urchin that came with it, was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed the meal. At only JPY 1599, Yumean again showed that teishoku restaurants are hard to beat when it comes to value.

A Winter Seafood Bowl set
A Winter Seafood Bowl set

Drink bars at Yumean are also available and so too is a nice selection of ala carte dishes. With the sets that we ordered, deserts were limited but on one visit I chose the chocolate-on-chocolate cake (to give to my kids...) and the anmitsu agar jelly on another visit.

Anmitsu agar jelly desert
Anmitsu agar jelly desert

Take out orders are available at Yumean while the store itself opens everyday from 1030 am - 100 am. A simple, but modern ambience, along with some casually traditional Japanese meals and extremely reasonable pricing makes Yumean one of the more pleasant family teishoku experiences in Japan.

Getting there

Take the No.1, 3, 5 or 6 Tobu Bus from the East Exit of Soka Station for an 8-minute or so ride to Igusa Danchi Iriguchi bus stop.

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Sleiman Azizi

Sleiman Azizi @sleiman.azizi

A Japanese Permanent Resident, I have over 300 published articles on Japan as well as 5 English language books written in a traditional Japanese style. I happen enjoy writing. Funny that...I'm also the Regional Partner for Tokyo, Japan's never ending capital, so if you've anything to say about Tokyo - or Japan in general - don't be shy and contact with me via sleiman.azizi@japantravel.com

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Sherilyn Siy a month ago
Their tofu nabe is delicious!
Sleiman Azizi Author a month ago
Ah, we have a fan here folks!
Elizabeth S a month ago
The quality of "family restaurants" in Japan is very high. When I welcome guests who want to try traditional Japanese food for the first time, I take them to places like Yumean. The portions are satisfying, too.
Sleiman Azizi Author a month ago
They are worth the visit, traditional cuisine in a family friendly environment and without the associated cultural costs.