Eats (Part 1) – Yakiniku King! 2020.03.21
I've always been on the round side, and life is a constant struggle between finding the best chow and trying to lose weight. I haven't been to successful in the latter recently. It's quite a problem.
However, what it does means is that you can count on me to introduce to you the best restaurants, and Japan is full of amazing food. Of course, as a food lover I do not just automatically go for quantity, quality is important as well; however to begin with I shall introduce a Yakiniku Buffet scores in both quantity and quality. It is also just a 7 minutes walk from Oakhouse Kajigaya, so naturally I have talk about it.
Yakiniku King is one of many chain Yakiniku restaurants in Japan. Like the others in Japan, the meat here in Yakiniku is of generally great quality despite being a chain restaurant. In fact, I would argue that the beef here in particular is of better quality of other chain Yakiniku restaurants - although that's just me. I'm not the biggest expert on marbling and other relevant terms, but it would seem that the beef here is more buttery and more tender than say Anan or Gyukaku, two other famous chain restaurants in the similar price range. I also appreciate that they do not drench their meats in seasoning, but serve a really good proportion per dish.
But what truly sets Yakiniku King apart from the rest is the variety available here.
For example, they serve gyu-tan (beef tongue) which is rare for a buffet yakiniku restaurant, and kawa (chicken skin), which is really delicious if decadent. Besides their meats, they also offer a wider selection for side dishes, something that is often overlooked at first but rather important because you can really get quite sick of having just meat halfway into your meal.There are 4 types of salads, and a wide variety of vegetables for the grill. Also, you can order cold soba noodles, hot ramen and rice with 2-3 types of toppings to have with your meat; the usual would be just rice at other restaurants. Lastly, (and this one really won my girlfriend over), they offer 3-4 desserts and 3 types of yogurt drinks.
Colourful and delish. We probably had 8-9 glasses on the table at one point.
This one's my favourite. Its raw egg and nori on rice, and its meant to go with the meat.
It might be better than the meat. Might be.
Yakiniku King has restaurants all over Japan, although a closer inspection into their website indicates that the 14 restaurants in Tokyo seem to be further away from tourist/central areas of say Shinjuku/Shibuya/Ginza or Ueno. That would probably explain why the first Yakiniku King I actually discovered was the one near Oakhouse Kajigaya in Kawasaki rather than Tokyo.
The cheapest "58 item" course starts at 2680yen (without tax) for dinner, there is a lunch course for 1980yen. There is a time limit of 100 minutes for all courses.
I'm an aspiring architect pursuing/living my dream of working in Japan.
I work in Tokyo, but live across Futagotamagawa in Oakhouse Kajigaya, Kawasaki.
Working in Japan is hard, but there's lots of opportunities to play hard as well.
I hope to share a little of my experience with everyone through this blog.