Best Cheap Eateries in Tokyo
In Tokyo of 2021, you can find all kinds of food and cuisine from all around the world. And the prices also vary a lot. In this article, we will take you back to “the roots” so to speak. We want to introduce you to the best cheap recommended eateries in Tokyo, which offer more traditional Japanese food, such as sushi, Japanese soul food shabu-shabu, and izakaya style food.
We chose these places because most of them have many branches around Tokyo and they are cheap! Cheap and delicous!
The first one is Shabu-Yo. It is an all-you-can-eat style restaurant that servers a famous shabu-shabu dish. Shabu-shabu is a Japanese hot pot. Ou are served very thin slices of raw meat that cook it yourself in a big pot on your table. It is absolutely delicious and can be seen as Japanese soul food.
There are several locations in Tokyo, including Shibuya and Shinjuku. You can choose from several courses and enjoy meat and an unlimited salad bar for 100 minutes. And for dessert, they have waffles, soft cream, and kakigori.
The prices are more than affordable and it is a must-visit for meat lovers.
Teke teke is an izakaya-style restaurant that specializes in karaage (deep-fried chicken) and yakitori (chicken skewers). They have branches literally everywhere in Tokyo. The prices are very affordable, both for food and drinks. You can also get free refills of cabbage (for some vitamins). And lastly, the ambiance is just very nice and very Japanese.
Isomarusuisan is another izakaya, but they specialize in seafood and fish, therefore their restaurants look more like a place by the sea. They have aquariums inside the restaurant with fish and other ocean animals. Very cool vibe especially if you visit not the most central locations, but go to more hidden locations with less foreigners and more locals.
As said, they make a focus on fresh fish, but they serve all kinds of food, including okonomiyaki and even pasta.
Guts Soul is a yakiniku place. And yakiniku is a Japanese (well, originally Korean, but with some modifications, it became a well known Japanese food) style BBQ. Just like in shabu-shabu, also here you get slices of meat that you cook yourself. But this time instead of boiling them in a hotpot, you grill them on a grill that is placed right in the center of your table.
At Guts Soul you can choose from several course menus, which are mainly all-you-can-eat options, and then just enjoy your meat and about 20-30 side dishes, all included in the bill already.
What is so great about this place and why we recommend it, is that this place serves good tasty not frozen meat and the prices are very cheap.
In Japan you can find many conveyor belt sushi restaurants, so why do we prefer Sushiro over other similar shops? First of all, it tastes really good. They do not skimp on fish, so you don’t eat only rice but get your protein too. Secondly, the variety of the menu. Here you can find plenty of dishes besides the sushi, even many dessert options. And finally, the price is unbeatable, most of the menu is only ¥100 per plate.
If you do not have time or will to explore all the restaurants we mentioned above, just go to Washoku Sato. Why? Because they serve everything from the dishes we have mentioned in this article and even more.
In order to enjoy it in full, make a reservation in advance and you will get your own room. Then, from the menu you can choose the all-you-can-eat shabu shabu course or the all-you-can-eat sukiyaki (similar to shabu shabu, but the meat is cold in sweeter sauce) course. Each course comes with unlimited meat, of course, but also offers side dishes such as karaage, seafood bowls, tempura, steaks, yakitori, fries, sushi, soba, and the list goes on.
Like other places, Washoku Sato is also not expensice at all. This feast will cost you less than ¥3,000 per person. Let us know if there is a better deal 😉
If you were not familiar with any of the places mentioned above, you should check them out right away. They are perfect for those who already loves Japanese food and for those who wants to know more about Japanese dishes and the variety of it.
Thank us later.