While we were at the World Expo from 9am to 11pm on the first day, we covered barely half of the exhibition ground. So we tried our best to cover the rest on the second day! One of the hot favourites was Japan, 2 hours of queuing for about 50 minutes of entertainment. The pavilion structure was such a massive pinkish blob that I could only take a full shot from far!
Luckily for us, we barely had to wait at its Japanese restaurant, as we arrived when the first round of lunch-goers was just about to finish. Operated by the Hotel Okura chain, Yamazato's decor and service attitude was of typical Japanese. While they serve bento sets for lunch, I would expect the teppanyaki counters to be fully occupied during dinner time!
Beef Udon Set
My dad opted for this as he preferred something soupy. The udon was smooth and chewy, none of the cheap stuff that leaves a powdery aftertaste. Beef slices was tender with skirts of fats, simmered in a light soy sauce broth. The accompanying inari sushi was just alright, which would probably fill you up with more carbo.
On a side note: If you intend to cook udon at home, do look out for the frozen solid packs found in supermarket freezers, not the soft slimy ones in the chilled compartments. Much more expensive, but I would say make plenty of difference in taste!
Tempura Set, Unagi Don Set
While the tempura had a limp look, it was light, fluffy and straight out of the kitchen. Served with rice and sourish garden salad, the assortment of succelent prawns and fresh sliced veggies was enough to satisfy. The unagi set was also reasonably well-done with generous slabs of eel drizzled in sweet sauce.
Gyu Don Set, Steak Don Set
The beef slices was of the same type as those in the udon, given a variation in taste after stir-frying with chopped onions. If you want something meatier to chew on, go for the steak instead! Cooked to medium doneness and thoughtfully sliced before serving, juices would flow at every bite and fill your mouth with a natural buttery flavour!
Lunch sets range from RMB180 to over RMB400 for graded Wagyu beef. Good place to fill your rumbling stomach with Japanese comfort food, rest your tired feet and strategise on which pavilion to visit next!
Yamazato Japan Pavilion, World Expo Note: Yet again, remember to look out for a seperate entrance to the restaurant!