Yayoiken restaurant at Liang Court Shopping Mall is a typical Japanese "family restaurant" that serves up good food at very reasonable prices.
"Family restaurants", or also called "famiresu" in Japan, include chains such as Gusto, Royal Host and Saizeriya, are casual dining restaurants that typically belong to a nationwide chain and offer a variety of Western, Chinese and Japanese dishes.
Yayoiken is a chain restaurant from Japan, and I find it very similar to Ootoya, although the prices in Singapore are slightly lower than that of Ootoya.
They serve up a variety of Japanese set meals with fish and meat, as well as Japanese-styled western dishes.
I love the Japanese pickles ("tsukemono") the restaurant provides freely at each table. I could have that and the fragrant free flow Japanese rice and miso soup for dinner.
The dishes are pretty decent too and I think they try to include a good balance of vegetables with each set to provide a wholesome, nutritious meal.
It's a restaurant I'd definitely be visiting often, especially since I love Mediya Supermarket, which is just next to the restaurant.
Yayoiken Japanese Restaurant177 River Valley Road
#B1-50 Liang Court Shopping Centre
Daily: 10am – 10pm