Yakiniku literally means “grilled meat.” That’s exactly what a yakiniku restaurant offers. While it was influenced by Korean bulgogi, or Korean barbecue, yakiniku is a made in Japan version, so I’m referring to this as Japanese food. This restaurant, Yakinikuya Sakai, is a chain, and this particular one was in the Ishikawa area of Fujisawa.
At the table, there is a small grill in the middle with a touch panel menu on one end. You have a choice of sauces, some garlic, and a spicy chili pepper sauce. The grill is gas, unlike some other yakiniku restaurants I’ve been to, which use charcoal.
We ordered some beef and pork, as well as harami (the tender meat from around the diaphragm). For vegetables, we had salad, leeks, and shiitake mushrooms. They also gave us lettuce leaves to wrap around meat, as well as a seaweed based soup, and a bowl of rice.
So, how was it? I love yakiniku, and this was pretty good. At a yakiniku restaurant, the customer is the cook, so you can only blame yourself if it’s burnt. The meat seemed to be good quality. I’m not a big fan of seaweed, unless it’s dried flakes of nori, so I only had the soup part of the soup. I didn’t eat any seaweed. But it was light and tasted good.
There’s a drink bar as well for 290 yen, so you can drink as much as you want. Although we went for lunch, the lunch menu was unavailable due to it being a holiday. What would have cost us around 1000 yen was now over 3000 yen. Yakiniku can get pricey if you don’t watch what you’re doing.
Good food. I enjoyed it.