Nov. 26, 2018 UPDATE
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Hyakushokuya Sukiyaki senka offers sukiyaki so good and cheap it’s well worth lining up for
Hyakushoyaku Sukiyaki Senka is a special type of restaurant. It’s only open for lunch, and the number of portions served each day is limited to one hundred. Hence the name Hyakushokuya, which means a restaurant of one-hundred-meals in Japanese. The restaurant itself is in a traditional Kyoto-style townhouse known as machiya. But not everything about it is traditional: the way the hot pot is served is not done in the usual way. Normally in Japan, you have one hot pot in the middle of the table, from which each person takes what he wants to eat to a smaller bowl. But not at Hyakushokuya Sukiyaki Senka! You get your very own personal hot pot. As this restaurant only offers meals to 100 people a day, and it’s also very popular, you need to get a reservation ticket on the day of your visit. They start handing out the tickets at 9:30 a.m., but you should still get to eat if you come at around noon, but you may have to wait around two hours for your sukiyaki (if they have tickets left, that is). So our recommendation is to go at 9:30, get a reservation ticket, and then enjoy sightseeing around Gion until 11:00 a.m. when the restaurant opens! If you want, you can also choose a later time when you go get your reservation ticket.
The Sukiyaki set menu / ￥1,100 (+tax)
This is the most popular thing to have at Hyakushokuya Sukiyaki Senka! You get rice, pickled vegetables, and a raw egg with your hot pot. Put the egg into the hot pot if you don’t want to dip your meat in raw egg, which is the usual Japanese way of enjoying it. If you’re really hungry, you can double the amount of meat for 700 yen extra.
The cut steak set menu / ￥1,300 (+tax)
The cut steak set menu is limited to 20 servings per day. It looks as delicious as it is! The steak is tasty as-is, but you can also dip it into the dipping sauces you get with it. These are soy sauce, pepper & lemon, and special steak sauce. You need to go to the restaurant soon if you want to have this dish, and order it as quickly as possible!
Crisp fat of beef / ￥100 (+tax)
You can get some crispy beef fat for 100 yen. Put it on the rice and pour some soy sauce on it, and you’ll have something that is almost like fried rice! Delicious.
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