Feb 17, 2011

Review: Yoshinoya - Chicken Bowl

Yoshinoya is famous for their Original Beef Bowl but a fair amount of people also order the Chicken Bowl which is a fairly typical rendition of your common Chicken Teriyaki Bowl: grilled chicken thigh (skin-on unless you specify otherwise), broccoli, carrots, and cauliflower, and teriyaki sauce over a bed of steamed short grain rice.

A regular-sized bowl costs $3.59.

I would have liked the Chicken Bowl better if they weren't so excessive with the fairly strong teriyaki sauce. My dad tells me the Chicken Bowl is only good if you get the sauce on the side. I'll go even further and say you might want to forgo the sauce entirely.
One of the reasons for this is the skin is grilled crispy and the sauce totally destroys the crispness with moisture. The chicken itself was juicy and enjoyable but the teriyaki sauce was overpowering; another reason to get the sauce on the side.

You'll notice that the cauliflower has a green hue to it. I'm not sure but I think they cook the vegetables for so long that the green from the broccoli seeps into the cauliflower. There's also a seasoned sauce with the vegetables (I'm guessing part of the reason for that is you can also get a Veggetable Bowl). They're overcooked though and very soft.
Condiments are offered on the side and include soy sauce, chili powder, and benishoga (red-dyed pickled ginger). I went with the chili powder (fairly mild) and benishoga (failry strong).

Overall, the teriyaki sauce and overcooked veggies mar what is otherwise an enjoyable eating experience in Yoshinoya's Chicken Bowl.

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Nutritional Info - Yoshinoya Chicken Bowl - Regular (468g)
Calories - 610 (from Fat - 103)
Fat - 12g (Saturated Fat - 3.5g)
Sodium - 1440mg
Carbs - 94g (Sugar - 14g)
Protein - 33g

1 comment:

  1. I went to Yoshinoya a while ago; you know, Yoshinoya?
    Well anyways there was an insane number of people there, and I couldn't get in.
    Then, I looked at the banner hanging from the ceiling, and it had "150 yen off" written on it.
    Oh, the stupidity. Those idiots.
    You, don't come to Yoshinoya just because it's 150 yen off, fool.
    It's only 150 yen, 1-5-0 YEN for crying out loud.
    There're even entire families here. Family of 4, all out for some Yoshinoya, huh? How f-king nice.
    "Alright, daddy's gonna order the extra-large." God I can't bear to watch.
    You people, I'll give you 150 yen if you get out of those seats.
    Yosinoya should be a bloody place.
    That tense atmosphere, where two guys on opposite sides of the U-shaped table can start a fight at any time, the stab-or-be-stabbed
    mentality, that's what's great about this place.
    Women and children should screw off and stay home.
    Anyways, I was about to start eating, and then the bastard beside me goes "extra-large, with extra sauce."
    Who in the world orders extra sauce nowadays, you moron?
    I want to ask him, "do you REALLY want to eat it with extra sauce?"
    I want to interrogate him. I want to interrogate him for roughly an hour.
    Are you sure you don't just want to try saying "extra sauce"?
    Coming from a Yoshinoya veteran such as myself, the latest trend among us vets is this, extra green onion.
    That's right, extra green onion. This is the vet's way of eating.
    Extra green onion means more green onion than sauce. But on the other hand the price is a tad higher. This is the key.
    And then, it's delicious. This is unbeatable.
    However, if you order this then there is danger that you'll be marked by the employees from next time on; it's a double-edged sword.
    I can't recommend it to amateurs.
    What this all really means, though, is that you should just stick with today's special.


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