Yakiniku (grilled or barbecued meat) may be a famous dish, but this delicious dish can be quite expensive. As much as possible, you want to enjoy sumptuous yakiniku at an affordable cost, right? Now if you happen to visit Osaka, here are the top five great-value yakiniku lunches priced at around 1,000 JPY that you have to try.
1. Hakuundai Grand Front Osaka Branch
Hakuundai is a restaurant serving South Korean imperial dishes that has been operating for about 40 years now. Here, you can enjoy a great variety of dishes, including yakiniku that uses carefully selected Japanese black beef, noodle dishes such as Korean-style cold noodles and japchae (Korean dish of fried bean starch noodles), and samgyetang (a Korean soup dish that is made stuffing ingredients inside a spring chicken and then boiling the chicken for a long time). During lunch, there are many kinds of set meals available at reasonable prices, centering on yakiniku set meals that come with yakiniku, rice, soup, and kimchi and other sidings. Customers get to choose the cut or part of the meat they want for their yakiniku. The Rosu Teishoku (sirloin set meal) (1,000 JPY – 1,700 JPY) and Harami Teishoku (skirt steak meal) (1,000 JPY – 1,700 JPY) in particular are recommended because you can choose the amount of meat in your meal: 80g, 150g or 180g. They also have halal dishes and meals, but these are not in the 1,000 JPY price range.
2. Zero Hachi Namba OCAT Main Branch
Zero Hachi is a restaurant where you can have your fill of yakiniku that uses Omi beef, Kobe beef, Matsusaka beef and other brands of beef. This shop’s specialties are the shio yakiniku, yakiniku that is grilled with its original blend of a number of carefully chosen salts, and Ishiyaki Amakaranabe, a dish wherein large amounts of vegetables and meat are put in a salty-sweet soup that is based on gochujang (Korean red chili paste). It has a wide array of around 30 lunch dishes, so customers can enjoy donburi (rice bowls topped with ingredients) (prices start at 580 JPY (excl. tax)) and bibimbap (Korean dish that is made by putting multiple ingredients on top of rice in a bowl) (prices start at 780 JPY (excl. tax)), as well as beef and pork yakiniku (prices start at 850 JPY (excl. tax)). For those who want to eat a lot of yakiniku, then it would be best to order the dinnertime yakiniku buffet course (prices start at 2,480 JPY (excl. tax), with a minimum order for two persons and advanced reservation required).
3. Ichi Shinsaibashi Branch
Operated by a meat shop chain, Ichi is a restaurant dedicated to yakiniku where you can taste fresh and high-quality authentic Japanese black beef. This shop takes pride in its prime black beef that capitalizes on its strengths, as well as its yakiniku that uses rare parts even for those experienced with this dish. Here, they serve three kinds of yakiniku set meals, comprising the popular Kuroge Wagyu Kalbi Yakiniku Teishoku (Japanese black beef ribs yakiniku set meal) (980 JPY (excl. tax)), the Kuroge Wagyu Rosu Yakiniku Teishoku (Japanese black beef sirloin yakiniku set meal) (1,580 JPY (excl. tax)), and the Wagyu Here Yakiniku Teishoku (Japanese beef fillet yakiniku set meal) (1,980 JPY (excl. tax)). All these meals come at truly affordable prices. Further, this shop has a relaxed, modern design that is centered around the color black, so it is also perfect for dates.
4. Tajimaya E-Ma
Tajimaya E-Ma is the first dedicated yakiniku restaurant in Japan to use aged meat from a whole cow that has been aged with its bones. Here, the beef is aged for at least 45 days in an environment with strictly controlled temperature and humidity in order to condense the flavors of the meat, thereby making the strictly selected Kobe and other Japanese Black beef become even more delicious. On weekdays, you can enjoy its yakiniku that features special meat for just around 1,000 JPY. You have to experience the tastiness of this restaurant’s aged meats first by having the Kodawari Tabekurabe Set (specialty taste-and-compare set) (1,250 JPY (excl. tax)) that will let you sample various meats or the Heijitsu Gentei Tokusen Kalbi Lunch (weekdays-only special ribs lunch) (1,650 JPY (excl. tax)) that comes with three slices each of this restaurant’s three famous meats. Every private room in this restaurant is also equipped with a beer server that runs on the system of filling your glass with the amount of beer you want at the time you want it (18 JPY per 10ml (excl. tax)), so beer lovers should definitely check out this place.
5. Kissyan Namba Dining Maison Branch
Kissyan is a yakiniku restaurant that is particular about the use of the highest quality of Japanese black beef in the market. Here, guests can order not only yakiniku, but various other courses, too, including shabu-shabu (a dish wherein thin slices of beef are swished in a pot of hot water for a short time and then eaten with dipping sauce) and sukiyaki (a hot pot dish that is made by boiling meat and vegetables in a salty-sweet sauce that fuses soy sauce, sugar and other ingredients). For lunch, there are three yakiniku courses available, but the Service Yakiniku Lunch (130g) (1,510 JPY (excl. tax)) that is priced at around 1,000 JPY is most recommended. This meal comes with an appetizer and dessert, and unlimited rice and soup. Aside from yakiniku, the juicy Gokujo Arabiki Hamburger Steak (premium minced meat hamburger steak) (1,320 JPY (excl. tax)) is also famous as it lets customers enjoy the flavors of the meat directly. You can have this hamburger that is made from coarsely ground Japanese black beef either Western-style with this restaurant’s specialty demi-glace sauce that was boiled for five days, Japanese-style sauce, or ponzu (citrus soy sauce). Please try this dish, too.
Apart from the shops included in this list, there are many other restaurants that serve delicious yakiniku in Osaka, the battleground of yakiniku. So, if you are sightseeing in Osaka, please try to enjoy one of these great-value yakiniku lunch meals!
*Please note that the information in this article is from the time of writing or publication and may differ from the latest information.
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