4 Choices for Yakiniku & Yakitori: The Tachigui Style Spreading Beyond Soba!
If you’ve ever been to Japan, have you seen a scene like this in a train station? They’re known as “tachigui” (stand-and-eat) style restaurants. Middle-aged men stand here on their way to work and slurp down their soba in about 5 minutes.
This kind of tachigui style has slowly been spreading to other foods. It’s good because you can eat in a short amount of time and enter the restaurant even if you’re alone. And on the restaurant’s side of things, the customer turn-over rate is high so they can offer low prices. It’s a mutually-beneficial system.
Here are 4 yakiniku tachigui-style restaurants in Tokyo that we at GJ recommend.
A row of rare cuts in a sushi restaurant-style showcase. “Zabuton （ザブトン）” is a precious cut that you can only get a few kg from with a single cow. In Japanese, it shares the same word as the word for a floor cushion, haha.
Address: 1-26-3 Kabukicho, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
[label style=”3″]Nearest station[/label]: Seibu Shinjuku Station
Open: 11:30 ~ next day 5:00 (7 days a week)
Price: Total 2000 ~ 4000 yen
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Rokkakai is said to be the instigator for tachiyakiniku. It’s extremely narrow so all the customers share several cooking braziers. It’s like having a BBQ with your friends and you’ll become close with the others even if it’s your first time meeting. There are also several married couples who met this way.
Address: 2-13-24 Kajicho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
[label style=”3″]Nearest station[/label]: JR Kanda Station (east exit)
Open: 17:30 ~ 24:00 (Closed: Sunday)
Price: Total 2000 ~ 3000 yen
The righteous king of tachigui yakitori. People getting off their trains are drawn here by the smells coming from where it stands outside the train station. With this in mind, you’re probably picturing a scene where someone’s drooling as they’re led by the smell.
Address: 3-19-10 Koyama, Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo
[label style=”3″]Nearest station[/label]: Tokyu Meguro Line Musashikoyama Station
Open: Mon – Fri 14:00 ~ 22:00, Sat – Sun 12:00 ~ 22:00
Price: 150 yen/ 1 skewer
4. Ikinari! Steak
Information: Ikinari Steak
Address: 1-1-16 Toranomon, Minato-ku, Tokyo
[label style=”3″]Nearest station[/label]: Toranomon Station
Open: 11:00 ~ 23:00 (7 days a week)
Price: Lunch 1000 ~ 2000 yen, Dinner 2000 ~ 3000 yen