Resuming my Japan blogs…
As I was saying on this entry, our tummies were happiest on Day 3. After partaking on luscious pancakes, we rested our stomachs a bit by going to Tenjin (the shopping area in Fukuoka) to walk off all that food. We were quite disappointed that shops closed early at 8:00pm; we’re from the Philippines, where major malls close at 9:00/10:00pm even on weekdays. Fortunately, we spotted something right on the same building of the department store we went to: a restaurant offering eat-all-you-can yakiniku for two hours.
When we were planning for this trip, I told V that I only have two items on my bucket list: I need to try authentic ramen, and she must introduce me to wagyu. You see, wagyu is insanely priced in the Philippines. Like, a 100 gram wagyu steak will set you back at least php3,400.00 (around USD65.00). There are cheaper alternatives, but they’re not authentic. I’ve tried it and I can tell even if I haven’t had the real thing. Surely, real wagyu doesn’t feel and taste like canned luncheon meat, right?
For this particular restaurant, we were set back JPY5,800++ (almost php3,000.00) per head, but that amount is for unlimited meat and dessert + a round of drinks for two hours. I think each of us ingested more than 1kg of wagyu per pax, among other things, so I’d say it’s money well-spent.
Upon entering the restaurant, we were asked to take off our shoes and put it in their individual lockers. Talk about an authentic Japanese dining experience.
After which, we were led to a lowered table. Thankfully, we didn’t have to sit on the floor.
The partially-English-speaking waiter instructed us on how to place our orders and what are the promo inclusions. We just have to select what we want on their tablet menu (thankfully, they have an English version complete with pictures so it’s very tourist-friendly), press SEND and wait a few minutes for the food to be brought over.
Service was quite quick. Within seconds, we were grilling away.
In order to get our money’s worth, we only ordered the expensive meats: different cuts of wagyu, scallops, prawns. Later on, we ordered pork belly strips and veggies, as well. All of which are of high quality. Even the lettuce for the veggie wrap were so fresh and organic. We just grilled and ate, grilled and ate until we went into meat coma. Not. No comas here. In between grilling sessions, we partnered it with their selection of sorbets which, for me, are already worth our money. The cream-filled strawberries alone are just heavenly.
The sorbets are part of the unlimited promo so we ordered them more than once. Drinks are not included, though. However, we couldn’t resist ordering melon soda, which are only available in restaurants.
We may have become poorer by a few thousand yens with this meal, but our tummies were happier than ever. Wagyu is ❤❤❤.