Tired of sitting around? Then why not head over to the standing steak chain Ikinari Steak in Ikebukuro! Okay, that was kinda lame but let’s move on! I’ve started seeing this Ikinari Steak chain show up all over Tokyo. When I want to eat steak, I usually think of the Pepper Lunch chain restaurant because there’s one right down the street of where I live. The prices and quality of steak at Pepper Lunch is not bad. Also, they have seats at Pepper Lunch, not that it matters. However, if you want premium steak then check out Ikinari Steak. Apparently, Pepper Lunch and Ikinari Steak are both under the same company.
When entering Ikinari Steak, you’re first directed to a steak weighing counter. You tell them what you want to order and how much grams you want. The steak weighing person will then slice a piece of your chosen steak and weigh it right in front of you. He or she will ask you if the weight and price is okay with you. Then, you choose how you want your steak: rare, medium rare, medium, medium well, or well done. Next, you can order a combo set (rice and salad) or drink with steak. I wanted to be fancy so I ordered a glass of wine for 500 yen with my steak. After my order, I was led to my standing counter and was given a number and the receipt (you pay afterwards).
The steak came out smoking on a heated iron platter. I recommend putting on a paper bib beforehand. I poured sauce over the sizzling steak and was glad that I had already put on my paper bib because the sauce splattered all over from the sizzling. I also add some grated garlic.
The quality of the steak was nice. The taste of the steak was alright. To be honest, I actually like the steak at Pepper Lunch better. But probably only because the sauce is sweet at Pepper’s. Yeah, I have a sweet tooth.
Below is the lunch and dinner menu for Ikinari Steak as of July 2nd, 2015. For an updated version, as well as other languages of the menu such as Chinese and Korean, please click here.
There are many Ikinari Steak locations all over Tokyo, but since my visit was to the Ikebukuro East Exit location, I’ll list the address for that one.
Ikinari Steak, Ikebukuro East Exit
Hishiyama Building 1F, 1-15-1 Higashiikebukuro