[Special Edition] From Japanese to Western Style! 13 Affordable Chain Restaurants Serving Set Meals
There are many restaurants in Japan that serve set meals, called "teishoku" in Japanese. Ordering a set meal is an easy way to enjoy a combination of a main dish plus additional sides like rice and miso soup. This article will introduce 13 chain restaurants offering set meals for 1,000 JPY or less.
This restaurant offers well balanced set meals designed around freshly cooked rice, plus miso soup and other sides. You'll find YAYOI restaurants all over Japan. There are a number of different set meals to choose from, starting from 630 JPY (incl. tax). YAYOI also offers seasonal dishes like the Chilled Soup and Chicken Nanban Set (890 JPY (incl. tax)) in summer and the winter-only Sukiyaki Set (890 JPY incl. tax), so you'll never get sick of visiting.
This popular set meal chain specializes in delicious and healthy home-style cooking. With dishes made from carefully selected ingredients with no additives or artificial colorings, there are plenty of nutritionally-balanced options to choose from. In addition to their set meals, Ootoya also offers salads and other small side dishes, plus a full range of desserts. This range of options makes it easy to customize your order depending on how hungry you're feeling. The most popular menu item is Fried Chicken and Vegetables with Black Vinegar (815 JPY excl. tax), which features a generous serving of fried vegetables and chicken dressed in a black vinegar sauce. The strong flavor of this dish pairs perfectly with rice. Ootoya restaurants are open all over Japan, and in Tokyo alone there are around 100 locations, so it's easy to drop in during your travels.
3. Maido Ookini Shokudo
This set meal style self-service chain lets you put together your own combination of side dishes. This chain also has restaurants all over Japan. One feature of this restaurant is that it adds the name of the area it's located in to each branch's name. The set meals feature a wide range of options including meat and potato stew, various grilled fish dishes such as salt fried mackerel, and stewed hijiki seaweed. Each one compliments rice and miso soup perfectly. The tamago-yaki (rolled omelet) made fresh to order from designated farm-sourced eggs is also very popular. Prices vary from store to store, but side dishes are typically reasonably priced at 100 to 300 JPY.
This self-service style set meal restaurant also lets you make a selection of your own side dishes. Handaya initially opened in Sendai, and has spread throughout the Tohoku area. With generous servings, plus a selection of side dishes that start at 71 JPY, and ramen that starts at 198 JPY, this is a very budget friendly choice. The menu offers a surprising variety of options, including Japanese style dishes like beef and potato stew and miso-seasoned mackerel, plus more international choices such as curries, hamburg steaks, Napolitan pasta. There are five sizes of rice servings available, but they tend to be larger than other restaurants, so make sure you check the size of the samples at the counter before ordering.
5. Gyutan Tororo Mugi-meshi Negishi
This famous beef tongue set meal chain takes a careful approach not just to flavor but also food safety. It offers a variety of dishes in sets, including charcoal-grilled beef tongue, a grated yam dish called tororo, rice mixed with barley grain, and beef-tail soup. In addition to its famous beef tongue, Negishi offers an extensive range of set meals based around meat dishes and sides. Two popular choices are the beef tongue based Negishi Set (1,400 JPY (incl.tax)) and the Blucky Set (1,400 JPY (incl.tax)). The Donabe Hamburg Set (1,000 JPY (incl.tax)) is a special earthenware pot stew set offered in the cooler months that will warm you to your core.
6. Gyoza Ohsho
Specializing in gyoza (dumplings), this Chinese food chain has stores all over Japan. The pricing of the menu can change slightly depending on the location. Their piping hot, freshly-grilled gyoza (220 to 240 JPY excl. tax) is their flagship item. Their sets with gyoza and white or fried rice are also very popular. There are many menu items that pair well with beer, so this is a great choice for anyone who likes a drink with their meal. Another feature of Gyoza Ohsho is that while there is a standard nationwide menu, stores also offer their own original set meals.
7. Miyamoto Munashi
This popular Osaka-based chain restaurant offers delicious set meals in generous servings. The menu centers on fish and meat based set meals and rice bowls, but there is a variety of other options, including udon and curry rice. Extra helpings of rice come free with the set meals. Two popular choices are their addictively spicy Gochujang Chicken Stir Fry Set (676 JPY excl. tax) and their Atka Mackerel and Tamagoyaki Set (797 JPY excl. tax) that comes with a thick, freshly cooked portion of fish.
This nationwide chain focuses on tonkatsu pork cutlets. "Full points for crispiness, tenderness, and volume!" is their catchphrase. Their set meals such as Pork Loin Katsu Set (690 JPY excl. tax) and Katsu-don (490 JPY excl. tax) are competitively priced. Katsuya also offers rice bowls and special seasonal dishes. You'll be very satisfied by their generous portions.
Matsuno-ya is a popular chain store that specializes in tonkatsu. In addition to the popular Pork Loin Katsu Set (530 JPY incl. tax) and Miso Pork Loin Katsu Set (630 JPY incl. tax), Matsuno-ya has a popular range of seasonally changing dishes. One appeal of Matsunoya is definitely the attention they pay to their ingredients. Whether it's their cured pork meat, their 100% Japan-grow Akitakomachi rice, or the vitamin E-rich cooking oil blend, every ingredient has been carefully chosen.
Hidakaya is a popular chain of restaurants that can be found all throughout Japan. The menu includes the popular Vegetable Stir Fry Set (580 JPY incl. tax), the filling Karaage Set (690 JPY incl. tax), and a variety of limited time only choices, such as Niku Soba (610 JPY (incl. tax)). With prices around 600 JPY, everything is reasonably priced. Gyoza dumplings and karaage fried chicken are available for takeout, so you can enjoy Hidakaya at home as well.
Matsuya is ones of Japan's most famous beef bowl chain stores. They offer a full menu including popular items such as Gyumeshi (regular size 320 JPY incl. tax), Original Curry (regular size 380 JPY incl. tax), Kitsune Udon (350 JPY incl. tax), and a Gyunabe Set (550 JPY incl. tax). They also offer a breakfast menu including a Grilled Salmon Set (450 JPY inc.tax). There are plenty of items under 500 JPY on the menu, which is perfect if you're on a budget.
12. CHIKARA MESHI
This popular chain restaurant offers hearty meat-based set meals. Recommendations include the Chikara Set (800 JPY inc.tax), which features a voluminous serving of both beef and pork. Extra helpings of rice are free. Their breakfast menu, which is available from opening to 11:00 am, includes rice bowls and curry set meals at a 100 JPY discount.
Tenya is a popular chain store specializing in ten-don (tempura rice bowls). Their bestselling Ten-Don (regular size 540 JPY incl. tax) comes with a generous serving of prawn, squid, white fish, pumpkin, and okra tempura pieces. Miso soup is also included. Their popular Tempura Set (676 JPY incl. tax) is sure to satisfy your appetite thanks to the miso soup, pickles, and other sides included.
These reasonably priced Japanese teishoku chain restaurants are perfect for meals while you're traveling. Make sure you check them out next time you're in Japan!
*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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