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Yoshinoya Specials

Posted in Shops by tokyobling on January 19, 2014

One of the most talked about fast food restaurants in Japan right now is Yoshinoya, a gyudon (beef and rice bowl) chain store that is practically everywhere in Japan. It is always cheap and delicious but right now they have two seasonal menu items that are pretty much extraordinary in terms of value for money, the Gyusuki and Gyuchige, a smaller version of the famous sukiyaki and a famous Korean dish. I had the Gyuchige and it was fantastic. At only 580 yen per dish it is pretty much unbeatable! For a proper sukiyaki meal you’d usually have to pay three or four times as much. If you are in Japan while these meals are still on their menu, you really must visit Yoshinoya.

But beware! Some restaurants might be sold out, and it is usually only served in the afternoon and evening after the morning and lunch hour rushes.




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  1. dragonlife said, on January 19, 2014 at 5:43 am

    Well done, mate! Excellent and so useful report!


    • tokyobling said, on January 29, 2014 at 5:06 am

      Thank you for the kind comment – nothing compared to your food posts though! (^-^;)


  2. yavuzbaydar said, on January 19, 2014 at 7:50 am

    Reblogged this on TEMPORAL and commented:


  3. amadl said, on January 19, 2014 at 1:37 pm

    Hmmm Looks good! I hope they’LL bring more speciaLs to Indonesian outLets..


    • tokyobling said, on January 29, 2014 at 5:07 am

      I didn’t even know they were in Indonesia! I hope they do too! It is great!


  4. Dalo 2013 said, on January 19, 2014 at 2:37 pm

    Great report…looks incredible, and nothing like finding a delicious value.


    • tokyobling said, on January 29, 2014 at 5:07 am

      It is fantastic, I have gone a few more times since posting this… can’t resist it, especially not at those prices!


  5. Dina Farmer said, on January 19, 2014 at 3:22 pm

    How amazing! I don’t think I ever encountered a Yoshinoya, but I did find time to spend a lot of time at Sukiya. ❤


    • tokyobling said, on January 29, 2014 at 5:12 am

      Never a Yoshinoya?! Yes, maybe Sukiya is more common up where you were posted…! (^-^)


  6. Junko said, on January 19, 2014 at 7:28 pm

    Yoshinoya is my husband’s favorite eatery. I hope the special menu is there when he goes to Japan this summer.


    • tokyobling said, on January 29, 2014 at 5:15 am

      I was thinking of him when I wrote this post! I am 100% he would LOVE this menu and I am also 100% this menu will not be on offer when he visits, unfortunately…


  7. Black Usagi said, on January 20, 2014 at 9:36 pm

    ahhh it’s look so yummy *q* i want it too


  8. Shelli@howsitgoingeh? said, on January 22, 2014 at 4:53 am

    What a great deal! 580 yen?! People are always saying that dining in Japan is expensive – but not if you know where to go!


    • tokyobling said, on January 29, 2014 at 5:23 am

      Exactly! There are so many great places for people on a normal budget…! (^-^)


  9. jon singer said, on February 5, 2014 at 2:16 am

    As always, a fine posting!

    I used to eat at a Yoshinoya Beef Bowl here in the US (possibly in Boulder, Colorado) a bunch of years ago; haven’t seen any of them recently. It looks like there was one in midtown Manhattan, but it closed in 2012.

    There is a very small mostly-Korean place not far from me called “Seoul Food”. The place is tiny, and their regular menu is very limited, but they almost always have a special of some sort. A couple weeks ago they offered Gyuchige or something very close to it, and it was stellar. I’m sure it was more expensive than Yoshinoya’s, but that’s life; they don’t have the economy of scale that a chain does. These folks are, though, very careful about their ingredients; everything is extremely fresh, and I really like the food there. I also like having a friendly relationship with the people who are making the food, which is difficult at a chain.

    Best —


    • tokyobling said, on February 5, 2014 at 2:32 am

      Thanks for the kind comment! And long time no see old friend! (^-^)

      I think Seoul Food must be the most common name for a Korean eatery outside of Korea. I can think of a couple in Tokyo alone!

      I also much prefer to eat at places where I can benefit the owners and staff directly without going through a corporation but often a combination of budget/curiosity/habit/lack of courage/risk averse eating takes overhand and I default on the chain stores. When I am rich though. In the future…. (^-^;)


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