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).
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.
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.
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.
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
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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