Eat your steak while standing up? Okay, does that sound interesting? Not to me, at first. When we entered this restaurant we saw on the way to our next destination, we noticed the people were standing while eating their meal. I thought to myself, “Oh God, walang upuan?”.But thinking of how hungry we were at that time, we didn’t have the choice but to try. It was the only restaurant around that quite got our attention. So we decided to give it a shot and I am grateful that we did because we just ate the best steak we’ve tasted so far! Believe me, that’s not an overstatement. So in case you’ll go to Japan and stay in Tokyo for a few days, don’t miss out Ikinari Steak and experience eating while standing. Now, that’s interesting.
Ikinari Steak is run by Pepper Food Service Co. Ltd, the same company that operates Pepper Lunch. It is owned by chef and restauranteur Kunio Ichinose. It opened in Tokyo in December 2013 and now, there are over 130 branches throughout Japan (as of June 2017). This branch we went to is near Shinjuku-Sanchome station.
The restaurant serves super thick high-quality meat on a budget, ranging from 1,200 JPY – 3,000 JPY (approx. Php 540 – Php 1,350). That’s pretty cheap if you’d consider its quality. On lunch specials, they serve steak with rice, buttered corn, vegetables and soup. By dinnertime, they only serve it with buttered corn. You have to order rice separately at 200 JPY (approx. Php 100).
What’s the idea behind eating while standing?
There have been debates whether it’s better to eat while sitting or standing. Most people prefer sitting because first, it’s more convenient to eat that way. Second, it makes a person eat less because he/she tends to chew the food more slowly than when standing up. Maybe that’s where Ikinari Steak got the idea. People will be able to eat more without feeling bloated.
📍 Address: 2 Chome-5-11 Shinjuku District, Tokyo, Japan
HOW TO GET THERE
🚈 Via Tokyo Metro
Toei Line, Shinjuku Line (Green Line), Shinjuku-Sanchome Station (S02), Exit C5
Thank you for reading. I hope you’d enjoy your meal when you get there.