5 Budget-Friendly Restaurants In Tokyo Where You Can Have Yakiniku Lunch For Around 1,000 JPY
Check these restaurants out if you feel like having cheap yakiniku for lunch. Here are five budget-friendly restaurants where you can enjoy having some yakiniku for 1,000 - 2,000 JPY.
1. Dansyouya Ginza Branch
At Dansyouya, diners can expect to enjoy the authentic, all-you-can-eat yakiniku and Genghis Khan (Japanese mutton barbecue). While the all-you-can-eat course is available during both lunch and dinner time, try going during lunch time for the highly-rated lunch set menu, as it is a great value considering that this restaurant is in the Ginza area. The A, B, and C lunch sets, an assortment of meats such as beef short ribs or pork belly, comes with rice, soup, salad and three side dishes, with prices starting from 1,280 JPY (incl. tax). Besides that, you can also order other set menus centered on short ribs, beef skirt, or salted beef tongue, starting from 980 JPY (excl. tax). Diners will be glad to know that the lunch time menu is available until 5:00 pm, therefore making it easy to slot in a visit to this place in between sightseeing spots!
2. Matsunaga Bokujo Ginza Main Branch
Matsunaga Bokujo, which buys its Shimane-produced kuroge wagyu beef by the cattle, received the grand champion award of the Tokyo Meat Market Festival in 2013. Diners can enjoy high-quality yakiniku at this restaurant. During lunch time, free unlimited refills of rice and soup are also available. Besides yakiniku, a wide variety of other dishes using the same high-quality beef is available, such as beef cutlets and beef steak bowl. At such a prime location as Ginza, don't miss out on the Matsunaga Yakiniku Set Meal (900 JPY (incl. tax)) and the Coal-Grilled Short Rib Lunch (1,500 JPY (incl tax)), which are both highly rated for being a good value. Also try the Matsunaga Beef Cutlets (1,000 JPY (incl. tax)), whose coat of batter perfectly seals the savoriness of the meat, making it juicy on the inside and crispy on the outside.
At Nagomiya, which is directly operated by a meat wholesaler, diners can enjoy high-quality kuroge wagyu beef yakiniku at a reasonable price. It is also conveniently located right beside the popular sightseeing spot, Ameya-Yokocho in Ueno. The beef used in this restaurant is procured from all around the country undergoes a strict selection process to make sure that the best-tasting beef is served to its patrons regardless of its brand. A good variety of set meals are available during lunch time. Diners who wish to grill the meat themselves should order the Sanshu Yakiniku Set (980 JPY (incl. tax)), which allows you to have a taste of 3 different kinds of meat, wagyu beef short ribs, pork short ribs, and chicken thigh. The Kuroge Wagyu Beef Short Ribs Bento (900 JPY (incl. tax)) is great for diners who would rather save the hassle of grilling the meat themselves. The Bibimbap Set (680 JPY (incl. tax)) which has a generous serving of vegetables, is also a very popular item on the menu. During lunch time, don't forget to order a glass of draft beer for only 290 JPY (incl. tax) to complete your meal!
4. Tomodachi Shinjuku Branch
Tomodachi specializes in Korean pork belly yakiniku. Diners can have a taste of authentic Korean cuisine like Samgyeopsal and wagyu beef yakiniku in the modern Japanese interior of this restaurant. Besides the Samgyeopsal set (980 JPY (excl. tax)) which is a popular item during lunch time, there are also various different yakiniku sets, and the 60-minute all-you-can-eat course costs a mere 1,880 JPY (excl. tax). Diners will also be happy to know that there are 2 different types of meat and 7 different types of vegetables to choose from in the all-you-can-eat course.
The proprietor, who used to run a really popular yakiniku restaurant, carefully selects the ingredients for use in the famous beef skewers of AKATSUKI. This restaurant is popular for its a la carte dishes, as well its beef short rib, beef liver, beef tongue, and vegetable skewers, which go really well with alcohol. During lunch time, you may also enjoy the yakiniku set lunches, Beef Tongue Set Meal (720 JPY (incl. tax) or Beef Skirt Set Meal (750 JPY (incl. tax)) which uses the same high-quality ingredients as their skewers. On cold days, try the oxtail soup set meal (680 JPY (incl tax)), filled with all the savory goodness of beef. Whichever item on the menu is affordably priced, making for happy patrons!
Did any of these restaurants pique your interest? While yakiniku is often perceived to be a little pricey, you can enjoy it at a discounted price during lunch time. Please pay a visit to these restaurants when you are sightseeing in Tokyo!
*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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