2019 Japanese Family Restaurant Ranking Released! Check Now for Affordable, Delicious Restaurants
Family restaurants are places where you can enjoy reasonably priced, good quality food from early morning until late at night. These restaurants have earned respect across the generations. Here is a list with the best of Japan’s family restaurants ranked.
Number 5: Royal Host
Royal Host has earned its reputation for its extensive menu, attention to ingredients and beautiful presentation. Compared to other family restaurant chains its prices are a little higher but they have established a reputation of high-quality food and great service. Popular classic menu items include the Royal Onion Gratin Soup (450 JPY (excl. tax)) and the Beef Java Curry (900 JPY (excl. Tax)), which is a tradition from the time Royal Host was established. But the most popular of all is the Black x Black Hamburger Steak (1,180 JPY (excl. tax)). This is a tender and juicy hamburger steak made from a combination of Japanese Kuroge wagyu beef and kurobuta pork. Meat juices come pouring out once you cut into it with your knife and the delicious meat practically melts in your mouth. You’ll be feeling very happy after eating this dish.
Number 4: Bikkuri Donkey
Bikkuri Donkey is a hamburg steak restaurant that was established in 1968. Their hamburg steaks are made from a mixture of pork and beef from cattle and pigs that were raised in a natural environment. These hamburgs are distinguished by the fact that they're so tender you can eat them with chopsticks. The most popular item among the many hamburg steaks available is a hamburg steak topped with rich cheese, called the Cheeseburg Dish (888 JPY (excl. tax)*). At Bikkuri Donkey, you can make all kinds of customizations, such as choosing the size of the hamburg steak or adding toppings like egg or pineapple (costs extra).
*Price varies at different establishments.
Number 3: Denny’s
This is a family restaurant chain that has spread nationwide starting with Japan's Kanto and Chubu regions. The varied menu here has developed from steaks and hamburgs to include things like pasta and rice bowls. There is also a children's menu which has many options, earning the chain popularity with every generation. A firmly rooted favorite from the Denny’s menu is the Rice Omelet Topped with Scrambled Eggs & Cheese (748 JPY (excl. tax)). The flavors of acidic tomatoes and mellow butter blend in perfect unity in the tomato pilaf which is then wrapped in a soft and fluffy omelet and topped with a rich, demi-glace sauce. The oozy melted cheese is an outstanding match for the egg and one bite is enough to have you addicted.
Number 2: Gusto
Gusto, which boasts the most restaurants in Japan, has reasonable prices and an abundance of menu options. This is a family restaurant that's popular with families as well as students due to its comforts. The most popular item on the menu is the Cheese In Hamburg (599 JPY (excl. tax)). This has been a huge hit with customers, selling over 10 million each year since its introduction in 2008. Once you cut into the juicy grilled hamburg steak, meat juices and gooey melted cheese will come bursting out. As you might expect of the No.1 menu item, it has a big impact both flavor-wise and visually.
Number 1: Saizeriya
Saizeriya’s vision is to serve up delicious food you could eat every day without getting tired. This is a hugely popular family restaurant where you can enjoy authentic Italian cuisine for a fair price. The extensive menu includes a diverse array of starters and salads, filling mains, and desserts. To top that off, there is also a full array of alcoholic drink options, such as wine and beer. The recommended dish is the Milano Doria (299 JPY (incl. Tax)). This has been Saizeriya’s most popular menu item since the chain was first established. There is a perfect balance between the rich meat sauce, creamy white sauce and spicy turmeric rice, making this dish incredible. You might want to stuff your face with this but be careful not to burn yourself because this freshly cooked dish is seriously hot.
In addition to the popular classics on the menus of these family restaurants, they also offer good-value seasonal limited menus, breakfast, and lunch menus, so if you like the sound of any of these places be sure to go and see for yourself!
*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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