Yoshoku at Miyako

?????? HWHEN I got an invitation to try out Yoshoko — Miyako Japanese Restaurant’s latest offering at the Hyatt a couple of weeks ago — I said “yes!” without having any idea what to expect. –
I had visions of new sushi and sashimi servings in mind, and was unprepared when I came face to face with four mouthwatering sets of “Japanized” European dishes — Western-influenced cooking that originated during the Meiji restoration which started in 1868 and, according to Wikipedia, was responsible for the emergence of Japan as a modernized nation in the early 20th century.
The emperor at the time, Meiji, lifted the ban on red meat and promoted Western cuisine.Yoshoku
Miyako at the Hyat is offering four main Yoshoku dishes for a tryout period starting October 7 until Oct. 31, 2013:
• Kaki Furai — crunchy bite-size pieces of breaded, deep fried oysters served with tartar sauce and lemon wedge at $10 per order.
• Katsu Kare — breaded kurobuta pork coated with bread crumbs and served with Japanese curry and steamed rice for $20.
• Omurice — chicken rice wrapped in an omelet and served with a special house-made salsa. The blend of flavors will tease your palates. The Omurice is a meal by itself for $10 only.
• Gyuniku katsu — my instant favorite. Certified Angus Beef served with cabbage and sauce for dipping for $30. The meat was so tender and flavorful, and when I learned it was fried, I couldn’t believe it. There were no traces of dripping oil and the flavors just lingered on my palate.
Black sesame ice cream

Black sesame ice cream


For dessert, we tried Miyako’s black sesame ice cream. I was not overly enthusiastic about ice cream and was thinking of just tasting it. But the ice cream was served on a platter: two deliriously mouthwatering slices of them — yes, slices and served with strawberry and lemon. I finished my ice cream in world record time, ahead of my three companions.

The Yoshoku dinner is available from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. every day at the Miyako except Sunday. Mojito drinks are available. Reservations are recommended but walk-ins are welcome depending on table availability. Club at the Hyatt discount is available.DSC_2303
The price range for these four Yoshoku dishes is from $10 to $30, and you can also order other Japanese favorites from the ala carte menu.
While at the Hyatt, don’t miss the Nutty Melon special cocktail and enjoy the heavenly blend of cranberry juice, water melon juice, coconut syrup and dark rum. Nutty Melon is available at all Hyatt bars for $10.
For inquiries and reservations, call 234-1234 or visit www.saipan.regency.hyatt.com.
First published at http://www.mvariety.com/special-features/out-to-eat/59631-yoshoku-at-miyako

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