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5 Nabe Chains With Delicious, Cheap All-You-Can-Eat Courses

Japan has plenty of nabe (hotpot) cuisine. From sukiyaki (beef and vegetables stewed in a sweet-spicy sauce) to shabu-shabu (thinly sliced meat and vegetables dipped into boiling water and eaten with dipping sauce) and the famous nabe eaten by sumo wrestlers, chankonabe, the variations are endless. Here are some restaurants where you can eat different kinds of nabe for reasonable prices. All-you-can-eat courses are a great way to fill yourself up without accidentally going over budget.

1. Nabezo

This restaurant is a place where you can enjoy genuine shabu-shabu and sukiyaki surrounded by the warm brown paneling of the modern Japanese interior decor. They take pride in the deliciousness and freshness of their food, and they don't use chemical seasonings or additives in ingredients, broths, or sauces. They have 3 types of all-you-can-eat courses: the Nabezou course (2,592 JPY (incl. tax)), Gyuutan (beef tongue) course (3,672 JPY (incl. tax)) and the Black Japanese Beef and Yamato Pork Course (4,752 JPY (incl. tax)). You can choose from five finds of soups: shabu-shabu, sukiyaki, salt tonkotsu (pork bone), spicy kimchi, and soy milk collagen. They also have an all-you-can-drink and a soft drink bar so you can enjoy it without hesitation.

1. Nabezo

Shibuya BEAM 6F, 31-2 Udagawacho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo

2. Shabuzen

This is a specialty shabu-shabu and sukiyaki restaurant where you can enjoy A5-ranked Japanese black beef and domestic beef. You can choose based on your preferred cut, whether it be lean meat, rib loin, sirloin, or more. While there are courses like the Hitosara Moriawase mixed platter (starting at 4,320 JPY (incl. tax)) or the all-you-can-eat course (starting at 5,400 JPY (incl. tax)), the recommended course is the Shabusuki Tabehodai Course (starting at 5,400 JPY (incl. tax)) in which you can enjoy both shabu-shabu and sukiyaki at the same time. They also have plenty of other dishes to choose from, including seasonal courses and seafood meals. They don't use any preservatives, so please try the sesame sauce or the ponzu (citrus soy sauce).

2. Shabuzen

Aoba Roppongi Building B1, 3-16-33 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo

3. Dontei

This restaurant where you can eat shabu-shabu and sukiyaki were created with the concept of being able to enjoy beef Japanese-style. You can have either set meals or all-you-can-eat. There are 5 types of shabu-shabu/sukiyaki all-you-can-eat courses (starting at 2,190 JPY (excl. tax)), and you can also choose the type of meat from options like Japanese black beef, domestic beef, pork loin, Korean marinated beef ribs, and more. You can also enjoy a sushi all-you-can-eat (580 JPY (excl. tax)) or a fruit dessert bar (780 JPY (excl. tax)) on top of your order. They have an even more reasonable lunch menu at lunch time (11:00 am - 4:00 pm), so why not stop by for a casual meal?

3. Dontei

4-3-3 Iwagamimachi, Maebashi-shi, Gunma

4. Shabu-Shabu Onyasai

You can enjoy shabu-shabu made with carefully selected meat and seasonal domestic vegetables here. You can order a la carte, but the all-you-can-eat course (starting at 2,780 JPY (excl. tax)) and the domestic vegetable all-you-can-eat course (starting at 2,280 JPY (excl. tax)) where you can eat meat, domestic vegetables, appetizers, nabe, rice, noodles, and even dessert are recommended. You can choose two types of broth for the shabu-shabu from soy milk, spicy hinabe, sukiyaki-style, Kushiro nekonbu (kelp), kiwami, Chinese medicinal broth, or ripe tomatoes. They have English and Chinese menus available. They also have limited edition broths, so please try any that stirs your fancy!

*Photo is of the Akihabara Showa-doriguchi branch

4. Shabu-Shabu Onyasai

Wada Building 1F, 1-22-21 Kyodo, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo

5. Chanko Edosawa

This is a restaurant where you can enjoy chankonabe in the home of sumo, Ryogoku. The nabe's additive-free soy sauce-based soup is known for the palpable flavor of chicken broth. They have a wide variety of chankonabe available, including the Extra Spicy!! Toukon Karakara Nabe (1,380 JPY (excl. tax)) or the Tomato Collagen Nabe (1,680 JPY (excl. tax)), but the most recommended one is the Oozeki Chanko (1,780 JPY (excl. tax)). They also have a la carte dishes and a variety of drinks. For people who want to enjoy fresh seafood, fried foods, dishes to end the night on, and desserts, try the 2-hour course with all-you-can-drink (starting at 4,000 JPY (excl. tax)).

5. Chanko Edosawa

3-26-4 Ryogoku, Sumida-ku, Tokyo

Nabe is wonderfully balanced and healthy. Please warm yourself body and soul through sharing nabe with your friends and family.

*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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