Simple but Delicious: The Six Best Meat Bowl Restaurants
Juicy meat on top of piping hot rice: just thinking about it makes your mouths water, doesn’t it? While especially delicious during winter, a savory bowl like that can be enjoyed whenever and wherever. And the more meat it is topped with, the better! Whether you like it boiled, grilled, or fried, enhanced with garlic, juicy roast beef, or luxurious aged beef, we’ve found just the places that are sure to sate your meat cravings!
1. A Wild Match Made in Heaven: Garlic and Meat
The first recommendation on our list is one with a kick. This delicious bowl is topped with so much meat, you won’t even be able to see that there’s a nice, large pile of fluffy rice underneath. The finisher to this masterpiece is a savory garlic sauce that enhances the combination of flavors even more. This hardly is a dish for people with a small stomach but rather one for big eaters – so what are you waiting for? Dig in!
Kitchen Otoko no Bangohan
2-12-22 Asagayakita, Suginami-ku, Tokyo-to 166-0001
2. Aged Wagyu for Cheap – Indulge in Excellent Quality Meat
Aged beef has become a favorite among beef fans since quite a while and with its rising popularity, more and more restaurants have begun including it in their menu – some for extremely reasonable prices. One of those is Steakhouse Pound, an incredibly famous aged beef restaurant from Kyoto that has now opened a store in Tokyo’s Ginza. While a lot of people are hesitant to try this beef delicacy because they are scared by the often very high prices, Steakhouse Pound offers an aged beef lunch menu for as little as 1,000 yen! We urge you to go and try it for yourself, as we’re sure that the amazing, tender taste will something you won’t forget.
3. Enjoy Your Roast Beef Bowl with Plenty of Wagyu!
The restaurant we’d like to introduce next serves an amazing roast beef bowl – wagyu, Japanese beef, is piled on the hot rice so plentifully, you might just have a hard time eating up! In addition, a variety of different seasonings is available, allowing guests to enjoy their roast beef in all kinds of tastes and flavors. And if you’re not sure what to order, just ask your waiter for a recommendation! Because of both size and flavor of the restaurant’s dishes, it is extremely popular and thus rather crowded but getting a free seat usually isn’t a problem! Don’t hesitate to try all kinds of spices and flavors.
Roast Beef Ohno
1-2-3 Sotokanda, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo-to 101-0021
4. A Satisfying One-Coin Lunch at the Counter of a Bar
Our next recommendation is actually an entire list of bars in and around the Kannai and Bashamichi areas of Yokohama, offering so-called one-coin lunches. This refers to dishes that can be paid with a single 500 yen coin, making both for a reasonably priced and very delicious meal. The second spot on our list, Planet Bar, serves a savory bowl full of tender, grilled goodness that we urge you to try, while the third spot is a restaurant during the day and transforms into a bar in the evening, sometimes serving amazing bowls, sometimes it doesn’t – this one’s a really exciting gamble!
Umaya no Shokutaku
Planet Bar Hoshizo
Dining & Bar KushiBa
3-48 Bentendori, Naka-ku, Yokohama-shi, Kanagawa-ken 231-0007
Tsukiji Kindako Highball Sakaba
3-24 Tokiwa-cho, Naka-ku, Yokohama-shi, Kanagawa-ken 231-0014
4-66 Benten, Naka-ku, Yokohama-shi, Kanagawa-ken 231-0007
5. Join the Celebration of Roast Beef Deliciousness!
Time to turn our gaze away from Tokyo and look at another gourmet region: Fukuoka. One restaurant in Fukuoka, is directly managed by a meat trader, making the roast beef bowl a rare and extremely tasty delicacy. Just looking at the meat spread out on piping hot rice is a feast – but eating it even much more so, obviously! A soft-boiled egg rests on top of the roast beef pile, its taste going excellently with the tender meat. Besides the delicious dishes, the view from the restaurant over the city of Fukuoka is just as amazing.
6-12-3 Matsushima, Higashi-ku, Fukuoka-shi, Fukuoka-ken 813-0062
6. Trying Yakitori: A Delicious Barbecued Chicken Lunch
For our last spot, we stay in Fukuoka. Did you know that the prefecture is known for its astounding number of amazing yakitori restaurants throughout the country? Yakitori is barbecued skewered chicken and one of the must-try dishes when in Japan. At Kuraya, you can enjoy a savory yakitori lunch bowl for a very reasonable price. A variety of different skewers top the fluffy rice, even the rarer types that cannot be found just at any restaurant. Skewered food is a favorite of the people of Fukuoka, so make sure to give the dish a try when you’re in the area!
1-4-11 Imaizumi, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka-shi, Fukuoka-ken 810-0021