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Experience the ultimate grilling experience at Yakiniku Kinjo

Date Posted: 2007-08-16

Customer service and satisfaction are high on Yukiko Ikema's list of things done well at Yakiniku Kinjo in Chatan.

That's only the beginning, though, with Yakiniku Kinjo. It’s not an all-you-can-eat restaurant, but is the best of the best in beef sirloin. Ikema, who manage’s Yakiniku Kinjo, says “people are apt to think we’re a very expensive teppanyaki restaurant, but the truth is, we’re not.” The restaurant offers courses or individual dishes, with beef sirloin ¥880 per serving. A first class beef sirloin goes for ¥1,380, and the exquisite high beef sirloin is ¥1,880.

Yakiniku Kinjo, which also has two branches on Ishigaki Island and five at Kansai in mainland Japan, features group courses for 4-5 persons for ¥10,800. A group set for 3-4 people is ¥7,250. The cooking’s done at the table, by the guest, with help as needed by the friendly staff. “We always aim at good service, to satisfy customer’s requests. We change the cook grills when they’re stained, even before the customer realizes it.”

Yakiniku, meaning grilled meat, is a Japanese term that covers plenty of ground. Beef is the predominant meat, but chicken, seafood and vegetables often find their way onto menus. Japanese yakiniku differs from Korean yakiniku, although many people think of them as the same. The confusion comes from dishes served by Korean immigrants in the Kansai area after World War II.

Diners here order prepared raw ingredients, which are then brought to the table and cooked on a built-in grill. Ingredients are often dipped in tare, a sauce, before being savored and eaten. The soy-based dips are typically flavored with sugar, sake, garlic and sesame, although a garlic-shallot combination, or miso-based dips, are also popular.

Yakiniku Kinjo offers special half-price menus on the first day of every month. August 29th is the official Yakiniku Day in Japan, as decreed 14 years ago by the All Japan Yakiniku Association.

The restaurant is located near Camp Foster. To get there, as you pass Commissary Gate 5 on the right, turn right at the first traffic light. Yakiniku Kinjo is on the corner, to your right.

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