Japanese cuisine seems to be all the rage in Springfield, and while many Japanese restaurants have popped up in our beloved town in the past decade or two, the price is usually on the moderate-to-high side. This is understandable as it’s considered an exotic genre of food in these parts. I mean, the cooking style was born on the other side of the planet for goodness sake, and I have never visited a Mexican restaurant in Springfield that turned an onion into a volcano!
All things considered, if you are looking for a Japanese steakhouse but you are on a budget (and would actually like to make eye-contact with your date without having to repeat yourself half a dozen times over the sounds of people clapping), then visiting YoshiJen may be in your best interest.
YoshiJen Japanese Grill and Sides
Featuring everything from Japanese, Korean and Chinese food, Yoshi Jen covers just about everything you would want to order from a lavish upscale restaurant, but at extremely reasonable prices. Offering everything from hibachi, tempura and sushi, the recipes were created by the owners, of whom you can find in the restaurant most days.
This is one of the things that I really enjoyed about this place – the owners have a vested interest in their establishment and participate in its’ consistency and growth. Coming back to the food, if you are not sure if you want to sample their yakisoba or udon, they also have Springfield’s very own cashew chicken for any timid, or in my daughter’s case, picky eaters out there.
One of the interesting things I have discovered about many Thai or Japanese restaurants in Springfield is they don’t usually stick to their category of food. Some of these genre-specific restaurants offer the famous Korean dish bulgogi which is one of my favorites. I was pleased to find it on YoshiJen’s menu! I checked out Rama Thai’s menu and was surprised to see satay listed. Satay, which hails from Indonesia, is an awesome grilled-over-an-open-fire dish that is served with a tangy peanut sauce. It was an old favorite of mine while living in Malaysia, but I digress!
YoshiJen is located on the South side of town, on the corner of Battlefield and Ingram Mill next to Price Cutter. The ambience is peaceful which is a pleasant change from the fashionable high-end Japanese Steakhouses which are a flurry of people moving, fire and heat, tall chef hats, food flying and onion volcanoes. Keep in mind, I have no aversion to the entertainment and higher prices of other Japanese Steakhouses in Springfield: sometimes you just crave for a little peace and quiet.
If you are looking for something a little more down to Earth in ambience AND in prices, then I highly suggest checking out YoshiJen. It’s a restaurant where they owners take the time to know your name, the employees are treated right, and serenity can be felt in abundance.
Wishing you all the best in your hunt for awesome Asian food in Springfield!
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