All You Can Tokyo is Breaker Japan’s guide to ultimate indulgence, the all-you-can buffet. Whether it’s food, drinks, or anything else, we’re here to give you some of the best spots to feed your inner hedonist.
This month is a celebration of the carnivores on All You Can Tokyo. We’re taking a look at the top places to eat all the meat that you can… eat.
In Japan, the all-you-can-eat deal is known as tabehoudai (食べ放題). Engrain this into your head. It may be one of the most important Japanese words you will ever learn.
Of course, Japan is home to an array of steakhouses and hamburger shops, but numerous special types of restaurants also exist where you prepare food yourself. The meat is brought to your table raw, and it’s up to you to cook and prepare to your liking at your own table.
As mentioned, there are several of these kinds of restaurants, but let’s take a look at the meat-related variety. First of all, there’s the always popular grilled variation known as yakiniku. Next, there’s a hot-pot dish called shabu-shabu where thin slices of pork or beef (or both) are boiled in water along with vegetables. Finally, Sukiyaki, which is similar to shabu-shabu, but instead of water, a special mixture of sugar, soy sauce, and mirin is used to cook the beef.
So roll up your sleeves. Here are 3 places where you can get to cooking.
SEIKO-EN – yakiniku
SEIKO-EN has four locations throughout Tokyo, two of which are in Ikebukuro with another in Shinjuku and a fourth in Harajuku. Each location features wooden interiors and lots of comfy seating.
SEIKO-EN offers a few different all-you-can-eat courses for their yakiniku. The top deal is the Premium Course for ¥3,880, offers all the meats the restaurant has available plus salad and dessert. The Standard Course for ¥3,250 is also a pretty good deal, but you lose out on some meat selections such as Harami beef, chicken, and seafood. It still offers salad and dessert, so you’re good on that side of things.
Lastly, if you’re in weekdays between 11am and 5pm, you can go for the 60-minute tabehoudai course, which is a slimmed down version of the standard course, but only costs ¥1,980. Not a bad deal at all for a weekday lunch. You can even tack on a nomihoudai, all-you-can-drink, for an additional ¥1,500 for men and ¥1,200 for women to any of these other courses.
Shabu Shabu Retasu – shabu-shabu
If grilled meat isn’t your thing, and you’re looking for a slightly healthier option, then head to Shabu-Shabu Retasu for all-you-can-eat shabu-shabu deals. There are four different courses to choose from. The pork-only course costs ¥2,800. There is also a beef and pork course for 3,200 yen, a beef tongue course for ¥3,800, and finally a special Japanese black beef course for ¥4,800. You can’t go wrong with any of them really.
Shabu Shabu Retatsu can be found in Nakameguro and also takes reservations online. If you’re new to the whole shabu-shabu deal, you can also watch the handy tutorial video they created on their website.
Ganryujima – yakiniku, sukiyaki, and shabu shabu
If you’re looking for the ultimate Japanese meat experience, then look no further. Ganryujima offers all three types of meals – yakiniku, shabu-shabu, and sukiyaki – in three different all-you-can-eat packages. Ganryujima also boasts 50 different types of meat.
Take advantage of this by going for the All 50 Kinds 2 Hour All-You-Can-Eat deal, offered with your choice of either Yakiniku, Sukiyaki, or Shabu-shabu. For ¥5,000, you can choose 11 different types of meat which will continually be replenished during your 2-hour stay. You can upgrade each of those to ¥7,000 (16 types) and ¥10,000 (20 types) versions as well. There are a few other variations of those meals available as well.
These prices also include a nomihoudai for certain types of beer and alcohol on the menu for 2 hours as well. These deals are only available for 4 or more people though, so make sure you grab 3 hungry friends or some random people out on the street before heading in.
Let us know if you known of any other great all-you-can-eat meat restaurants around the Tokyo area. We’re always looking to try something new.
By the way, are you feeling full yet? Hopefully you saved room for dessert…