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Forget kaiten-zushi, how about conveyor belt yakiniku instead?

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By Connie Sceaphierde, grape Japan

While we all have our varying differences in preference and taste, it would be unfortunate if a visitor came and left Japan without trying one of the country's best inventions: conveyor belt restaurants.

Although incredibly popular in Japan amongst both locals and tourists, conveyor belt sushi restaurants aren’t for everyone, with those turned off by eating raw fish understandably avoiding the restaurants altogether. But why do we limit conveyor belt restaurants to serving mainly fish?

Kaiten Lane Yakiniku Itto opened in Ageo City, Saitama Prefecture on July 16. Here, a conveyor belt running through the restaurant carries a wide variety of yakiniku meats in place of the usual tuna, salmon and cod roe dishes expected at a kaiten-ya (conveyor belt restaurant).

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Fuelled by the desire to reduce food waste, Kaiten Lane Yakiniku Itto serves up various types of yakiniku little by little on small plates similar to those found at sushi restaurants.

Starting from 110 yen per plate, the conveyor belt yakiniku restaurant boasts a menu with more than 100 different types of cuts and meat. The restaurant is a great place for those who have been wanting to try a specific meat, but can’t justify the idea of wasting it if they don’t end up liking it.

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A semi-self-service restaurant, guests can easily order dishes from the touch panel located on the end of each table. After that, the food will arrive on small plates via the conveyor belt running alongside the seating area. At the center of the table a large yakiniku grilling plate reminds guests that, although the restaurant resembles a kaiten-sushi, the food here is not meant to be eaten raw.

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The restaurant is designed to provide an environment which meets the criteria needed for social-distance; featuring seats for individual guests, pairs and groups of four with high partitions between tables, sterilization of touch panels between guests, semi-self service, and a conveyor belt that limits unnecessary contact with staff, guests can eat with complete peace of mind.

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Example Menu

Itto Kalbi – 110 yen

Itto Rosu – 110 yen

Upper Kalbi – 220

Beef Tongue – 220 yen

Harami Steak – 330 yen

Diamond Cut Rosu – 330 yen

Wagyu Dai Toro Kalbi – 385 yen

Japanese Beef Assortment (four kinds) – 550 yen

Japanese Beef Chateaubriand – 1,100 yen

Stone-grilled Bibimbap – 440 yen

Hoppy Beer – 440 yen

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Kaiten Lane Yakiniku Itto

Location: 3-5, Ageo City, Saitama Prefecture (5-minute walk from Kita-Ageo Station)

Business hours: 11:00 – 23:00 (Last order 22:00)

*Times subject to change following request from the government.

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Cool. I love to try this. :D

6 ( +7 / -1 )

I’m no vegetarian but stop trivializing the slaughter of animals for our pleasure.

-8 ( +2 / -10 )

I like to move it, move it

You like to move it......

0 ( +2 / -2 )

I’m not a big fan of this style of restaurant. The food can keep going around and around for hours if it’s not busy.

2 ( +4 / -2 )

Looks great and reasonable prices. Anywhere else but Japan I might be worried about freshness but not here!

Great idea! good luck!

0 ( +1 / -1 )

There is also a restaurant chain that has "kaiten" shabu shabu along with kaiten yakinuku as well.

This place isnt all that unique!

2 ( +2 / -0 )

The food can keep going around and around for hours if it’s not busy.

Which is why almost nobody takes food from the rotating belt. You order separately and it comes to your table specifically.

4 ( +4 / -0 )

The conveyor may be a nice gimmick, but a fair bit of the appeal and target here is as a yakiniku restuarant people can go to alone. Yakiniku has strong association with get-togethers, and many restaurants are not set up for solo diners who want little portions and need to be seated at a counter if the place is to make any money in the evenings. Letting one person occupy a booth for six people is a recipe for your restaurant going under.

There are non-conveyor yakiniku places out there which also cater to solo diners with set menus for one available in the evening (i.e., not just at lunchtime), but they are mostly a new creation. The same goes for Karaoke boxes set up for solo visitors.

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Which is why almost nobody takes food from the rotating belt. You order separately and it comes to your table specifically.

Tried that at a conveyor belt sushi restaurant and they simply took it off the belt and brought it over.

1 ( +2 / -1 )

Many items are already prepared and sitting in tare or are salted so I don't have an issue with the kaiten concept. Also, in reality they will likely be required to protect the food with domes.

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