We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“It would have to be free to be better”
Review of Kayaba - CLOSED

Restaurant details
Richmond, Indiana
Level Contributor
36 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“It would have to be free to be better”
Reviewed August 8, 2012

The mall started out as Yaohan around 1990. It's not just the grocery and restaurant that count, but the home store, the book store, the toy store, and the ancillary shops around the grocery.

Of course, when Yaohan went away, so did the UCC café. However, it's still like a small slice of Japan, though you hear much more English these days.

It was 90 minutes' drive from my apartment outside northeast Philly, which is amazing. I would get there just in time for lunch. The plaza is on the river, so you can sit at a table and look out over the river at NYC. There are so many people in and out, the tables are sometimes not ready, but it's usually a short wait. If you're expecting a sit down meal with a waitress, this isn't it.

After lunch, a trip through the book store to get magazines, books, and music. Of course, the importing of such things would make them a bit more expensive but they were relatively cheap, either from the original Kinokuniya book store or Sanseido, so they must have been subsidized somehow.

The grocery store is big and people are always working. The company runs special events, including sales. Prices are typically high, as you'll find at H-Mart or local stores anywhere outside of California. They have practically everything, including some great produce.

Update: I made it to the Kyushi-Okinawa food festival today. It was so crowded for a Friday and there were lines for fresh ramen made by chefs flown from Japan and also for ice cream from Okinawa. Wow!

I decided to wait in the shortest line, which was Kabaya, and got ebiten udon set, which pleased me to no end. As the English for ebi is shrimp--these were jumbo shrimp which seems an oxymoron. It sounds better when you use prawns instead of shrimp. Finding a place to sit was better than usual and I only waited about 1 minute, although they had some seating toward the front of the building, which was much less crowded.

The rest of the visit was pleasant, as well. There are so many things to see, so many stores and restaurants to shop. The adjoining area has become heavily populated since the mall first opened.

  • Visited July 2012
    • Value
    • Atmosphere
    • Service
    • Food
Thank bousozoku
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

9 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
Rating summary
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • Japanese first
  • Any
English first
Greenwich, ct
Level Contributor
295 reviews
184 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
“Very Good Japanese food / a Japan full immersion”
Reviewed February 28, 2012

Mitsuwa Market is a chain of Japanese supermarkets in California, with a branch in Edgewater. It's not just a Japanese supermarket: there is a food court with few restaurants, a bakery, a pastry store all with excellent food.
Kayaba has some combination dishes (or sets, as they call them) not expensive and with quality food.
The only problem is that during the week-end the whole place is packed;it looks kind of chaotic, but they are well organized; after 10/15 minutes, you get your food and it's worth the time. The parking it's a different story: you have to be very patient and wait for somebody to leave.I would suggest also to visits the stores outside the main building, stocked with Japanese items of any kinds.
The place is truly for Japaneses, and I guarantee it's an experience.

  • Visited February 2012
    • Value
    • Atmosphere
    • Service
    • Food
Thank CTTraveler56
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
New York City, New York
Level Contributor
102 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
“Best japanese for the price”
Reviewed October 8, 2011

Can't think of a better place to have japanese noodles or rice for less than $10 per person than this restaurant inside the Mitsuwa Marketplace in Edgewater, NJ. Unfortunately you have to find a table in the food court as you place your order. Wait is a bit long during the weekends 15-20 minutes but the prices make it worth it. You can choose from a variety of dishes/combos. We had the teriyaki chicken with miso soup for $7.50 and a shredded beef on rice with tofu on soba noodle for the same price. Very well made and delicious!

  • Visited October 2011
    • Value
    • Atmosphere
    • Food
Thank caribbeantraveler2
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
A TripAdvisor reviewer on Facebook
“Cheap but good enough for lunch.”
Reviewed January 31, 2010

Cheap but good enough for lunch.

Thank A TripAdvisor reviewer on Facebook
This review is the subjective opinion of an individual contributor and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing