Carnivorous cuisine in Kanda.
Earlier this month, we stopped by a restaurant in Tokyo’s Akihabara that offers an amazing all-you-can-eat yakiniku lunch. But while it’s a great place for a midday meal, what are you supposed to do when night falls?
Simple: head one station over to the Kanda neighborhood, and take advantage of another all-you-can-eat meat deal that’s just 980 yen (US$9.50).
Just a few minutes’ walk from Kanda Station is Chotzume Bar, which is actually a restaurant specializing in meaty dishes. While Chotzume Bar is a chain, the branch to go to right now is the one in Kanda, which from October 14 has been offering unlimited ham and roast beef from 9 p.m.
Now, there are two tiny bits of fine print attached to this offer. Like many restaurants in Japan, Chotzume Bar serves a small appetizer, called an otoshi, to every customer, which costs 216 yen. Diners taking advantage of the all-you-can-eat deal are also required to order one drink, but once you’ve cleared those two hurdles, 980 yen gets you as many refills of ham and roast beef as you’d like between 9 and 10:30, your last chance to ask for another plate.
After sitting down, we promptly asked for a beer and both kinds of meat. Looking into the kitchen from our seat at the counter, we could see the staff carefully slicing each customer’s ham to order, and while it took a while for our first plate to arrive, it did not disappoint us at all in the quantity department.
It also tasted fantastic, much better than store-bought varieties, with each thin-sliced morsel filled with rich flavor.
Similarly delicious was the roast beef, which had none of the rough dryness associated with low-quality meat. And while we’d had to wait a bit for our first plate, refills came quickly as we asked for them.
Figuring we should have some sort of vegetables, we ordered a potato salad, for an additional 500 yen. But it turned out that this, too, was really just another way for Chotzume Bar to supply customers with meat, as our scoop of potato salad came covered with strips of bacon.
Chotzume Bar’s Kanda branch will be running its unlimited ham and roast beef special until November 15, so we’re hoping we can also find a place with an all-you-can-eat meat breakfast before then, so that we can gorge ourselves all day long.
Chotzume Bar (Kanda branch) / 腸詰バル（神田店）
Address: Tokyo-to, Chiyoda-ku, Kaji-cho 1-6-7, Kanda Bar Yokocho 2nd floor
Open 5 p.m.-11:30 p.m.
Closed Sundays and holidays
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