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Koushien makes yakiniku a truly unique experience

Date Posted: 2009-05-01

Yakiniku’s a popular dish on Okinawa, but only Yakiniku Koushien has found a way to serve up dishes like nobody else.

Open only six months, Yakiniku Koushien has captured the excitement of patrons as it serves its wide variety of meaty barbequed dishes sushi conveyor style. Owner Tsyyoshi Ashitomi says that while English menus are handy, there’s really no need as customers can see the plates of tasty beef, pork and sausages rolling by on the conveyor, and simply take what they want. He prides his Yakiniku Koushien restaurant—one of four plus a beach house—as being the best anywhere.

“It’s striking that we have to insist on very special qualities of meat, steak, boneless short ribs, spare ribs, spencer rolls, outside skirt steaks, sausages…everything,” he says, “and everything is grilled only by charcoal fire.” He touts his restaurant that “presents the highest value compared with any other Yakiniku restaurants.”

The all-you-can-eat weekend luncheon deal is ¥1,350, and the dinner version, is only ¥1,750. A weekdays all-you-can-eat plan is ¥1,500. All courses include rice, fresh vegetables and soup, with rice refills free. There’s also an all-you-can-drink deal for two hours at ¥1,200. From 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Ashitomi is offering a beer for only ¥100. In addition to the specials, standard plates are ¥290 each, including an assorted vegetable plate with corn, eggplant, mushrooms, onions, green peppers and cabbage.

Yakiniku Koshien is cozy and comfortable, seating 30 at tables and another eight at the counter. It’s located by Minatogawa Junior High School and by liquor store Sakai. Koshien is open weekdays 5 p.m. ~ 11 p.m. Weekends and holidays it’s open 11:30 a.m. ~ 11 p.m. Special arrangements for groups are available at (098) 879-0772. Koshien accepts yen only. U.S. dollars and credit cards are not accepted.
Owner Ashitomi has one other special; by simply saying ‘I love Poochi’ (his puppy), a customer gets one free beer.

Yakiniku Koushien is reached from Camp Foster by heading south on Highway 58, turning left on Gakuen Street at the intersection where Highway 58 and the D.I.Y. store is, recognized by a green banner on the right and Pachinko Junmbo on the left. After passing Minatogawa Junior High School on the left, look for the restaurant, located alongside a liquor store. There are two parking lots next to the restaurant, and additional parking is available at the liquor store.

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