tachigui restaurants are places where one stands and eat, and in Japan they're known for soba and udon, but recently tachigui steak and pizza restaurants have been increasing. Here are 5 recommended tachigui restaurants.
1. Ikinari! Steak
Ikinari! Steak is a popular tachigui restaurant that's been increasing in branches in the past 2-3 years because you can casually eat steak there. You can order various types of steak by the gram, and they cut it once you order. (During lunch they only offer fixed quantities.) Depending on the branch the menu may vary, but for example you can order steak filet (9 JPY (excl. tax) per gram) starting at 200g, and ribeye (7 JPY (excl. tax) per gram) starting at 300g. The steak is brought to your table crispy on the outside and rare on the inside, so you can add whatever sauce you want and have it cooked to your preference. Of course, the recommendation is to have it rare. The meat's juiciness will fill your mouth when you take a bite, and you'll be able to instantly taste the meat's deliciousness!
2. tachigui Midori (Sushi)
Midori Sushi is a popular sushi chain restaurant that always has a never-ending line. Midori Sushi has a tachigui restaurant in Ikebukuro. The reason it's so popular is definitely its cheap prices! One piece of tuna is 50 JPY (excl. tax)! Usually, at tachigui and conveyer belt sushi restaurants, you can only order 2 or more pieces, but at this restaurant you can order just 1. Salmon and yellowtail is 70 JPY (excl. tax), while medium-fatty tuna and grilled fluke fin go for 100 JPY (excl. tax). All of the ingredients are fresh, as is Midori Sushi's specialty, so don't dismiss it just because it's tachigui! You can eat what you like, so this is a sushi restaurant with excellent cost-performance. However, since there's always a line, you should go with plenty of time.
3. Jiromaru (Yakiniku)
Restaurants where you can eat as much meat as you want are good, but Jiromaru is the recommended place for people who want to casually enjoy yakiniku. This is a tachigui restaurant where you can order high-quality meat starting at 30 JPY for one piece. Depending on the season and where the meat comes from, the prices change, but types of offal like heart and tripe are usually around 80 - 100 JPY, while their most popular item, sirloin, starts at 300 JPY. They have a full menu of side dishes like rice, soup, and salads, as well as alcohol, so people who want to have a proper meal can be fully satisfied there. It's a restaurant where people can come in solo without embarrassment, so why not spend your free time before a meeting having some yakiniku?
4. Pizza Saluterrier
Pizza Saluterrier is a restaurant where you can casually enjoy genuine Neapolitan-style pizza. Their usual menu has 12 - 13 items on it, and the pizza is baked in their special oven for a crispy crust and a chewy inside. The standard Margherita is 550 JPY, and other types like the filling Wiener and Bacon or the rich Cheese Pizza using 5 types of cheese are 850 JPY. You can get half-and-half toppings or double cheese (150 JPY) as well. The recommendation is the Tuna Mayonnaise Corn Pizza (800 JPY). Tuna and mayonnaise are standard Japanese riceball fillings, and the addition of the corn creates a pizza that is perfectly Japanese. When you take a bite of the freshly-baked pizza, the creamy harmony of the mayonnaise and the cheese will surely addict you!
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5. Ore no French
Ore no French is a very popular tachigui restaurant that's been listed in the Michelin Guide. You can eat French cuisine using high-class ingredients like foie gras and lobster for about 1/3rd the price of a high-class restaurant, and there are about 10 branches in Tokyo, including the main branch in Ginza. All of them have Michelin stars and have chefs who have worked in top-class restaurants, so of course the flavor is genuinely French. The reason they can keep prices relatively low is because they order ingredients in bulk as a franchise and because customer turnabout is high thanks to the tachigui system. The recommended dish is the Tournedos Rossini Beef Filet and Foie Gras Saute in a Black Truffle Sauce (2,980 JPY (excl. tax)), though the type of beef and price varies by branch. This is a restaurant where you can eat high-class dishes for 3,000 JPY or less, so not going here is a loss!
Enjoying delicious yet cheap meals throughout your trip is one way to make particularly satisfying memories. Definitely try these places, but be prepared for a wait!
*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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