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[Economical 500-yen Gourmet in Japan] "Nadai Unatoto" -- a restaurant that specializes in eel rice

[Economical 500-yen Gourmet in Japan] "Nadai Unatoto" -- a restaurant that specializes in eel rice

September 11, 2019
The general impression of eel rice is that it costs two to three thousand yen.
You get what you pay for. However, Nadai Unatoto is known for being inexpensive while also having decent quality. With the least expensive option, you can enjoy eel rice for only 500 yen!
In addition, they pick their ingredients carefully, using an original sauce that they developed themselves, Japanese rice which best matches the eel's flavors, and high-quality long charcoal to grill the eel (long charcoal is considered to be the best material for barbecuing food).

Definitely consider this restaurant if you are a traveler on a budget!

In-store environment

In-store environment
In-store environment
In-store environment
The famous Tonai Toto has many branches in Tokyo. This time, I went to Ueno, and there are two floors. On the day of visit, the shop had only opened the first floor maybe because of the lack of staff. I waited for about 30 minutes to enter the store. There are six counter seats and eight regular seats on the first floor. After taking a seat, you will be provided with barley tea. On the table, there are pickled vegetables and sauce for the eel rice.
 

Menu

Menu
Menu
The price of eel rice varies depending on the size: 500, 800, 1000, or 1500 yen. You can also add some side dishes, such as salad and half-boiled eggs.
Other than eel rice, there are also eel omelette, eel egg custard, eel tempura, and other eel dishes. On the day I was there, I shared my table with a Japanese man, who ordered two eel omelettes!
Moreover, there are chicken and pork skewers and alcoholic beverages. Although it is a specialty store for eel rice, it also has the characteristics of an Izakaya.
 

500-yen eel rice

500-yen eel rice
Since this is a 500-yen gourmet tour, I ordered the signature eel rice. The eel has a charcoal aroma, and the sauce is not too salty; I think it is delicious! The 500-yen eel rice is relatively small, and the piece of eel may not be enough for the rice, so add some eel sauce yourself!
 

Nadai Unatoto lets you order take-out too!

Nadai Unatoto lets you order take-out too!
Yes, Nadai Unatoto is open until 11:30 p.m. at night (last order is at 11:00 p.m.). If you are hungry at night, you can consider taking it back to your home.
While I was waiting, there were three groups of people who ordered take-out. If you are not particular about whether or not to eat in the restaurant, take-out is a pretty good choice.
I will put the opening hours of the Ueno branch at the bottom of the article!
 

How to get to Nadai Unatoto Ueno branch

How to get to Nadai Unatoto Ueno branch
The restaurant is about 5 minutes' walk after leaving the station.
1. After exiting the JR Central Gate, continue straight to the crossing and turn right.
2. Turn left at the UNIQLO on the first viaduct and you will see Nadai Unatoto's sign.
 

Finally, I want to tell you...

Quite surprisingly, Nadai Unatoto actually provides free Wifi (laugh).
The restaurant is already fairly famous among foreigners. I saw three to four groups of travelers with large suitcases coming here to eat. English menus are also available.
Perhaps it was because we were in the Ueno area, plus only the first floor was open that day, we had to wait about thirty minutes even though it was past the lunch peak period at 2:30 p.m. After leaving the restaurant at 3:30 p.m., there were still five to six groups of customers outside. Travelers have to be mentally prepared to wait in line!

名代 宇奈とと 上野店(NADAI UNATOTO UENO)

名代 宇奈とと 上野店
Address東京都台東区上野6-11-15
Directions5 mins walk from Ueno station
Business HoursMon-Wed: 11:00-23:00, Thur-Sat: 11:00-23:00, Sun & public holidays: 11:00-22:30
Shop HolidaysOpen all year round
Web Site URLhttp://www.unatoto.com/