Starving, but only have 500 yen left in your wallet? Or are you just looking for a restaurant that serves delicious food at a cheap price? Let me show you the best cheap restaurants in Tokyo.
Cheap Tokyo Restaurants : Chikara Meshi
Have you tried a grill beef bowl on an iron skillet? I am not kidding. Consider eating at Chikara Meshi as having an individual teppanyaki meal for 500 yen. Other grill bowls are available.
Chikara Meshi Information
Curry House CoCo
CoCo Ichibanya exclusively serves curry and rice to their guests. You can select spicy or sweet curry and the level of spiciness/sweetness. Cost? The pork curry and rice plate is less than 500 yen. And best of all, Coco’s restaurants are all over Tokyo. They’re never far away!
CoCo Ichibanya Information
Who don’t want to eat healthy? Fuji Soba is a good place to get nutritious noodles at an economical price. Soba is made from buckwheat, which can reduce cholesterol and maintain bone health and is also beneficial to your digestive system. Also, most of their menu options are less than 500 yen. Eating cheap and healthy is not an issue!
Fuji Soba Information
Individuals always look for a restaurant that can be sensitive to the needs of guests. Guests can always choose either eating a light or heavy udon meal at Hanamaru!
Hanamaru is a half self-serve restaurant. When you enter, tell the staff which udon set you want and whether you want it hot or cold. After they give you a bowl, you can choose your own side dishes you can use tongs to select side dishes (such as tempura or hot spring eggs). If you are thirsty, you can help yourself to a cup of water or tea. You then pay and find your own seat. This convenient serving-line style helps diners who are in a hurry.
In 2005, Matsuya expanded overseas to the United States, so you may have already heard of this restaurant. Although Matsuya sells similar meals as Yoshinoya and Chikara Meshi, they also provide vegetable salads with different dressings. They also offer unlimited refills on miso soup! So if you don’t like eating too much meat, Matsuya’s food can be a blessing for your digestive system.
Besides beef or pork bowl, Matsuya also serves curry sets and other seasonal set meals. Guests can always find surprise while eating in Matsuya.
MOS Burger モスバーガー
Some restaurants endeavor to localize foreign food in order to satisfy local people’s flavors. MOS Burger is one of them. Have you heard about rice burgers? Yes, you can find burgers made of rice in this fast food chain. The stuff from this restaurant also adds teriyaki sauce or other Japanese meat sauces and vegetables into the hamburgers. A simple burger can produce complicated flavors due to the variety of ingredients. And if you don’t want to drink soda, MOS Burger has an alternative–a cup of corn soup.
MOS Burger Information
Living in Japan sometimes causes you to be homesick because you occasionally miss the food back home. You want to have pasta, pizza, steak, and cheesecake. Well, Saizeriya can satisfy your appetite because it is an Italian fast food chain. Customers only need to spend 500 yen on a set lunch, which includes a main course, unlimited soup, and a vegetable salad. All other pasta and pizza only cost you 500 yen.
Sukiya serves gyudon, which is a bowl of rice with onions and beef on top. They are a popular fast food chain in Tokyo, with more than 270 locations in the capital. And you only need 350 yen to order a regular size gyudon! You can also order curry and rice or pork and rice without spending more than 500 yen.
Japanese people eating at here often put a raw egg on the top of the beef bowl. Don’t worry–it’s perfectly fine, and tasty too! When mingling the slices of beef with a raw egg, the rice entirely absorbs the essence of egg and beef sauce.
Tendon is one of the luxury cuisines in Japan. One bowl of tendon consists one to two pieces of shrimp, some seafood, and vegetables. If you go to a high-class restaurant, one set mean can cost you few thousand yen to 20,000 yen. However, you can make a deal with Tenya for just 500 yen! With their special tempura sauce on the top of the rice, you will see that tendon is a miracle!
If you like gyudon, you will love Yoshinoya. Yoshinoya was founded in 1899 and is one of the oldest fast food chains in Japan. Yoshinoya’s beef is fatty, and the sauce is sweeter. And if you want to really eat like a local, eat the red ginger first to clear your palate. It’s the best way to enjoy the taste! One thing we really like about Yoshinoya is that the food comes within 5 minutes after you ordering.
Eating in low-priced restaurants with delightful food will definitely uplift the quality of your trip. Therefore, if you haven’t been one of those restaurants, you probably miss out a chance to experience of Japanese fast food.