October 2022: Please note Hyakushokuya Sukiyaki Senka has now permanently closed. Please see our Central Kyoto page for other places to eat in the district. Also see our Best Restaurants In Kyoto and Best Sukiyaki in Kyoto page for other recommendations.
Hyakushokuya Sukiyaki Senka is unusual in that they sell just 100 portions of their delicious sukiyaki set lunches per day. You’ll have to go early to pick up a ticket. Otherwise, the cost-performance is unbeatable, especially for good wagyu!
Hyakushokuya Sukiyaki Senka – image © Chris Rowthorn
You’ve probably heard of restaurants in Japan where you’ll have to arrive early to snag a ticket that allows you to return at a specific time of the day so that you can queue again for the pleasure of having a meal. Few people bat an eyelid at such practices here, which is why restaurants like Hyakushokuya Sukiyaki Senka continue to do excellent business.
Of course, that only works if your food is actually worth eating. Luckily, Hyakushokuya Sukiyaki Senka’s sukiyaki set is the real deal. Shelling out a shade over JPY1000 for 130g of Japanese beef, vegetables, rice, and soup is great value for money.
Once these pink, tender, marbled slices of beef are cooked, you’ll dip them in the raw egg and gobble down with rice. There’s something incredible about fat-laced beef cooked in a sweet and salty soy-based sauce – it just has to be eaten to be experienced.
Hyakushokuya Sukiyaki Senka’s sukiyaki sets limited to 100 portions per day, and they’ll close the restaurant when they run out. While the restaurant itself opens at 11am, we recommend turning up earlier in the morning to pick up a ticket for lunch. Or, you can write your name on the waiting list outside the restaurant. You should decide for yourself if the hassle is worth it. But, what’s clear is that at least 100 people a day definitely think it’s worth the fuss!
For more Kyoto sukiyaki choices, see our Best Sukiyaki in Kyoto page.
Name in English:
Hyakushokuya Sukiyaki Senka
Name in Japanese:
187 Sendo-cho, Nishikiyamachi-dori-Shijo-sagaru, Shimogyo-ku
Non-smoking area: Completely Non-Smoking
1min walk from Kawaramachi Station Exit 1B, Hankyu line
Reservation tickets are distributed from 9:30am.
Official site (Japanese and a little English)
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