7 Rice Bowls That Are More Meat than Rice in Tokyo
The rice bowl, known as donburi, is one of Japan's most beloved meals and it consists of rice topped with some sort of ingredients. These are some restaurants that offer meat-based rice bowls aimed towards people who want to eat a lot but are picky about the quality of their food.
Feb 09 2016 (Sep 09 2020)
1. THE Nikudon no Mise [Kamata]
This restaurant opened at the end of last year, so it's pretty new, but it's received a ton of attention from meat lovers. Their menu consists only of roast beef rice bowl, steak rice bowl, and beef tendon curry. Their most recommended item is their roast beef rice bowl (850 yen), as it takes 3 days to make the beef. The garlic sauce they use with their meat is exquisite.
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Address: Dai 6 Kikuchi Building 1F, 7-5-5 Kamata, Oita-ku, Tokyo (Google Map)
2. Buta Daigaku [Shinbashi]Hideya HAMANO/Flickr
This pork rice bowl specialty shop grills its pork using a fragrant sweet-spicy garlic and soy sauce-based sauce. They only offer pork rice bowl, and the price changes depending on the size. The most popular manu is the "Daigakuin" (1020 yen) that uses 1 kilogram of delicious meat. It's perfect for people who have confidence in their appetites. Of course, they have smaller sizes as well, with S being 500 yen, so even people who don't eat much can enjoy this meat.
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Address: New Shinbashi Building 2-16-1 Shinbashi, Minato-ku, Tokyo (Google Map)
3. Kitsuneya [Tsukiji]
This rice bowl is made with soft tripe that's been boiled in miso to remove any unsavory smells. This flavor has been perfected over 50 years, and there's already a line forming at 6:30 am by eager customers. This horumon rice bowl is 850 yen, and it isn't rare to see people enjoying it with a beer even in the morning.
HP: tabelog.com/tokyo/A1313/A131301/13007656/ (Japanese Only)
Address: 4-9-12 Tsukiji, Chuo-ku, Tokyo (Google Map)
4. Yoneya [Nihonbashi]
In the evening it's a popular izakaya, but their lunch menu offers this toriwasa rice bowl (870 yen) only. Fresh chicken breast bought in Tsukiji that morning is sliced thinly, passed through hot water to cook quickly, then seasoned in a sauce made of soy sauce and wasabi. This rice bowl is only offered in this restaurant and only at lunch.
HP: tabelog.com/tokyo/A1302/A130204/13005053/ (Japanese Only)
Address: 1-30-10 Nihonbashi Kakigaracho, Chuo-ku, Tokyo (Google Map)
5. Nanairo [Hachiouji]
This is a popular restaurant in the Tokyo suburbs famous for its huge pork rice bowls. While it starts at a regular size for 680 yen, people who really want to eat a lot can order as much meat and rice as they want. They cut the fat away from the pork so it's actually not as heavy as it seems. The rice is cooked until it's nice and springy, and it goes well with the pork.
HP: tabelog.com/tokyo/A1329/A132904/13123918/ (Japanese Only)
Address: Flex Nishi-Hachiouji 103, Sennincho, Hachiouji-shi, Tokyo (Google Map)
6. Kichijoji Donburi [Kichijoji]
This restaurant is another one that's famous for its huge rice bowls. Their menu is pretty varied, but the recommendation is the large tartar karaage rice bowl (690 yen). The juicy karaage fried chicken covered in plenty tartar sauce goes well with rice. There are counter seats so you can eat quickly when when you're in a rush.
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Address: Mikawaya Building 1F, 1-1-3 Minamicho Kichijoji, Musashino-shi, Tokyo (Google Map)
7. Deichiba [Hatchobori]
This is the restaurant managed by a meat wholesaler. During lunch, their domestic wagyu steak rice bowl is particularly popular. It's reasonably priced at 1000 yen and comes with salad and coffee. However, it is made with meat from the rump, which is pretty prized since you can only get a little meat from that area from each cow. The store itself is very comfortable and the staff very friendly, adding to the restaurant's popularity.
Address: Kamejimahashi Building 1-2F, 2-30-17 Hatchobori, Chuo-ku, Tokyo (Google Map)
The information in this article is accurate at the time of publication.