Yakiniku encompasses grilled meat dishes, with beef, pork, chicken, seafood, and vegetables commonly served in bite-sized slices over an open flame. Many restaurants adopt an All You Can Eat Style, offering timed courses for a fixed price, allowing continuous orders. Additionally, Hormone Yakiniku, involving grilled animal internal organs rich in protein and collagen, is popular, particularly among young Japanese women for its perceived skin-enhancing benefits. Dishes Japan highlights three affordable yakiniku/hormon restaurants with quality offerings below 1,500 yen in an all-you-can-eat style.
Jimbocho Shokuniku Center (神保町食肉センター上野店)
The Jimbocho Shokuniku Center offers a 45-minute luncheon buffet at 1,000 yen per person, featuring domestically sourced porcine options. Three choices (A, B, or C) include various salted and miso-flavored meat components. The menu allows patrons to customize combinations with complimentary refills of rice, soup, and onion salad. Time constraints are strictly enforced, with personnel reminding diners 10 minutes before the allotted time concludes. Dishes Japan recommends the Liver (salted) and Hatsu (salted) selections.
Bariton, a yakiniku restaurant opened in November 2021, offers a unique culinary experience with premium meat cuts, including rare selections and A4 wagyu kalbi, at reasonable prices. Housed in a renovated traditional Japanese house, the restaurant features an inviting ambiance, counter seating on the first floor, and spacious table seating on the second floor. Notably, Takara Shochu is provided at every seat, customizable in intensity to complement the yakiniku. Bariton also offers an all-you-can-eat yakiniku lunch for ¥1,000, featuring domestically sourced pork and a variety of meat choices. The restaurant stands as a captivating destination for yakiniku enthusiasts and Takara Shochu devotees, providing an authentic and enchanting experience.
Sumiyoshi Horumon (スミヨシホルモン)
Sumiyoshi Horumon, established in November 2010 in Koto-ku, is more than a restaurant—it’s a continuous haven for culinary enthusiasts. Known for meticulous preparation, their iconic dish, Sumiyoshi Horumon, is marinated in a unique sauce, offering a delectable aroma. The establishment goes beyond classics like Kalbi and Liver, featuring over twenty distinctive Horumon varieties, including Senmai, Tecchan, and Giala. With unlimited dining options and freedom to enjoy rice and soup, Sumiyoshi Horumon emphasizes an exceptional, unconstrained dining experience.