It’s time for another installment of the world famous (and Original) Gaijin Gourmet. Today I simply must introduce to you good folks a chain restaurant in Japan that, if you are traveling here on a budget and with kids, you’ll want to know about.

The restaurant is Sukiya. Sukiya has almost 2000 shops in Japan so they are everywhere you are. And most Sukiya shops are open 24 hours a day. The only shop that has more restaurants is McBurgers, but I don’t have to introduce them to you. A few reasons: 1) McBurgers is not healthy. You don’t want your kids, or yourself, to be eating that stuff. 2) Sukiya has an extremely healthy menu with lots of very reasonably priced and delicious items. 3) The kids love Sukiya!

Sukiya is a “Gyudon” chain. That means they specialize in serving some cooked meats on a bed of rice. It’s delicious and the price will drop your jaw. Since I am watching my weight, whenever I go to Sukiya, I always order the salad (there’s no salt or dressing on it, you add those yourself if you wish) and the “Healthy Gyudon” (that is called, “Gyudon Light” on the menu.) It is “light” because the calories are so low because this delicious menu item has a block of Tofu instead of the rice.

Sukiya is the ultimate answer to travelers on a budget who want to eat healthy and food that is not full of salt and oil. I give Sukiya 5+ stars. Seriously, I think you can’t beat them for taste, quality, cleanliness and price. A high quality, healthy and (Japanese style) low calorie meal can be had for as little as ¥380.

I usually order Gyudon Light (¥380 yen) and a salad (¥100) and drink the tea (free). I’m happy, I’ve eaten healthy and the damages? ¥480. Are you sitting down? That’s about $4 USD and THERE IS NO TIPPING!

Sukiya is the best. Check the photos and you be the judge.

Inside of Sukiya at Kamiyacho in downtown Tokyo. This restaurant is fine to bring the entire family to. Clean and the service is fantastic (of course, this is Japan).

Inside of Sukiya. This restaurant is fine to bring the entire family to.

This is the Sukiya at Kita-sando that I usually go to. All smaller Sukiya restaurants also have counter seating and usually tables for 4 counter

Smaller Sukiya restaurants also have counter seating and usually tables for 4 counter

Do you like to drink beer? Of course you do. My mates and I often go to Sukiya to drink and eat little snacks. There’s no tipping, no table charge and there’s a BUNCH of great ¥100 (about $0.80 USD) things on the menu at go well with beer. The other day, three of us went there and had a few beers and some tofu and snacks. The damages? ¥1680 (about $14 USD). Where in the world can you have a few beers with friend for only $14.00?

sukiya set menu

Tons of different items on the set menus to choose from.

Sukiya morning set with baked salmon, rice, raw egg, pickled vegetables and miso soup. I can eat this everyday.

Sukiya morning set with baked salmon, rice, raw egg, pickled vegetables and miso soup. I can eat this everyday.

The ultimate breakfast set. Baked Salmon, rice, raw egg, pickled vegetables and miso soup. ¥380 yen!? (about $3.16!!!!). I could eat this everyday!

Sukiya Gyudon (Beef Bowl)

They’ve got all sorts of varieties of Gyudon.

Sukiya Cheese Topping Gyudon (Cheese covered Gyudon) My favorite!

Sukiya Cheese Topping Gyudon (Cheese covered Gyudon) My favorite!

My girls all seem to love the cheese topping gyudon best… Oh, don’t worry if you can’t read the menu… Just point at the photos in the menu to the pretty waitress!

Sukiya Raw Tuna sliced on a bed of rice bowl

Sukiya Raw Tuna sliced on a bed of rice bowl

One other thing I like to eat that is also really healthy is the sliced raw tuna on a bed of rice “Don.” Besides this item, there’s a bunch of things on the menu that will satify the vegetarian in our midst. In fact, my best friend, Ken, is a vegetarian and he likes Sukiya A LOT!

Sukiya Curry rice

Of course, there’s also the Sukiya Curry rice!

Sukiya Kids menu

Sukiya Kids menu

Gots kids who are picky eaters? TELL ME ABOUT IT! My son hates going out to eat, but he likes Sukiya. Any kid that likes beef or pork, will dig this restaurant.

Like I said, folks, if you are traveling to Japan and on a budget, then DEFINITELY the default restaurant for you, for healthy, safe, quality and delicious food is Sukiya.

Tell them that the “Gaijin Gourmet” sent you and they’ll probably give you some free strange looks and faces of confusion!

Enjoy!

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16 Comments

  1. Wow! What a wonderful-looking place! Seriously, there’s no place in Toronto that serves food for that little and in such a nice and clean looking environ!
    God help me, I took my kid to the Toronto Blue Jays baseball game on Sunday – luckily the $80/each tickets were free, but two 6-inch hotdogs were $11, and two 373 ml or whatever those small bottle of Coke cost $10.50.
    I didn’t dare have a beer!
    Keep showing us how to save money in Japan!
    Keep it up, Mike!

  2. mike

    Thanks Andrew! Yeah, I’m going to keep writing these things… If nothing else to save the health of foreigners who come here and think the only places to eat are McDonald’s and KFC!

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