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[Economical 500-yen Gourmet in Japan] Enjoy ultra-cheap rice bowls in Shinjuku! "Tatsuya" Rice Bowl Specialty Restaurant

[Economical 500-yen Gourmet in Japan] Enjoy ultra-cheap rice bowls in Shinjuku! "Tatsuya" Rice Bowl Specialty Restaurant

December 16, 2019
Nowadays in Japan, you can find inexpensive rice bowl chain restaurants everywhere. Tatsuya, introduced in this article, was originally a chain restaurant. With the rise of inexpensive chain restaurants in recent years, Tatsuya's revenue took a hit. Its stores closed down one after another. At present, this shop in Shinjuku is probably the only one remaining.

Close to the station and providing inexpensive food with a very fast service time, Tatsuya is very suitable for those waiting between train transfers or for travelers who are in a hurry and looking to fill their stomachs.

Let's go have a look!

Watch the cooking process while eating? The environment of the little shop

Watch the cooking process while eating? The environment of the little shop
Watch the cooking process while eating? The environment of the little shop
Like the regular rice bowl chain restaurants, Tatsuya has only counter seat, and there are not many seats. No matter which seat you are sitting in, you can see the figures of the staff preparing food in the kitchen.

Although there is space in the restaurant for suitcases, if there are too many, it may become inconvenient to enter and leave. So keep that in mind if you want to bring large suitcases!
 

Less than 500 yen? Menu with a wide variety of value items

Less than 500 yen? Menu with a wide variety of value items
Less than 500 yen? Menu with a wide variety of value items
You can see from the menu at the storefront that most of the meals at Tatsuya are less than 500 yen!
In addition to the signature beef rice bowl, it also sells chicken and egg rice bowl, pork chop rice bowl, udon noodles, etc. Side dishes include raw eggs, natto, and tartar sauce. There is a rich variety.
If you are hungry and want to eat more, you can choose a set meal with a rice bowl, miso soup, and pickled vegetables, or a set of small rice bowl and udon noodles.

There is an English menu and a Japanese menu with pictures in the restaurant. Don't worry about ordering if you can't read Japanese!
 

Unique signature beef rice bowl

Unique signature beef rice bowl
I was not very hungry this time, so I only ordered a 360-yen beef rice bowl, which was brought to me about two minutes after ordering!

A characteristic of Tatsuya's beef rice bowl is the addition of two pieces of tofu. The meat and rice are also served in greater quantity than the average chain restaurant. In my case, I was full with just one bowl (laugh). The beef slices and tofu are all filled with sauce, which are very tasty and go well with rice. Since the restaurant's beef has less fat compared to other restaurants, if you like fatty beef, I recommend ordering a raw egg or side dishes that you like.

It is worth mentioning that Tatsuya's ingredients are all manually prepared, not processed by and delivered directly from the factory. The staff were all busy cutting onions and preparing the sauce in the kitchen. It is obvious that it is a traditional restaurant.
 

Only about three minutes' walk from the station

Only about three minutes' walk from the station
Only about three minutes' walk from the station
1. After exiting from the southeast exit of JR Shinjuku Station, walk down the stairs (there are also escalators).
2. After the stairs, walk straight along the viaduct. After about three minutes, you can see the destination on the left hand side.

たつ屋(TATSUYA)

Address東京都新宿区新宿3丁目35-2
Business Hoursweekdays: 10:00-22:00, weekends: 07:30-21:00
Shop HolidaysOpen all year round

Finally...

When I was there, a group of travelers with two large suitcases and several office workers came to the restaurant. It was obvious that Tatsuya, a convenient store that appears ordinary but has cheap and delicious food, was beloved by everyone.

If you want to get a quick bite and don't want to spend too much money, this restaurant is a good choice!