Saizeriya – サイゼリヤ (Engl.)

Italian cuisine for everyone

A German version of this posting you can find here.
Eine deutsche Version dieses Artikels finden Sie hier.

Saizeriya Menu (zum Vergrößern anklicken)

Saizeriya Menu (click to enlarge)

Just imagine, someone came to you and told you that food was incredibly cheap in restaurants in Japan, you’d probably think he’d make a mockery of himself. Even more so when this person were talking about western food in Japan.

But that would prove only one thing: Even with solid fact one can make a mockery of oneself!

Because it is true! If you like and if you are willing not to raise your standards too high, you are able to eat* Italian cuisine for prices you wouldn’t dream of even in your home country. And I was told that there are even some people who travel to Japan without being particularly fond of Japanese food.

* I am trying to avoid the word “enjoy”, as I don’t wish to trigger unreasonable anticipations.

The Japanese family restaurant chain “Saizeriya” (サイゼリヤ) is well-known since the 70s of last century for its Italian dishes or dishes with an Italian appearance that come for an astonishing low price. Meanwhile the menu has been expanded with meat and minced mead meals – as well for prices that are really astonishing, considering the Japanese environment.

Salads, Soups & Appetizers:

Seetang-Salat (399 Yen)

Seaweed-Salad (399 Yen) 2013

Weißkohlsalat (Salat 189 Yen)

Cabbage Salad (189 Yen) 2013

Shrimp Salad (299 Yen) 2015

Shrimp Salad (299 Yen) 2015

Chicken Salat (299 Yen)

Chicken Salad (299 Yen) 2107

kalte Kürbiscremesuppe 149 Yen)

Cold Corn Cream Soup (149 Yen) 2013

Frittierte Shrimps (249 Yen)

Fried Shrimps (249 Yen) 2013

Wurst und Karotffel (249 Yen)

Sausages & Potato (249 Yen) 2013

Grilled Sausages (399 Yen) 2015

Grilled Sausages (399 Yen) 2015

Grilled Spicy Sausage (399 Yen) 2015

Grilled Spicy Sausage (399 Yen) 2015

Grilled Spicy Chicken (299 Yen) 2015

Grilled Spicy Chicken (299 Yen) 2015

gegrillte Miesmuscheln (399 Yen)

Grilled Mussels (399 Yen) 2013

gegrillte Miesmuscheln (399 Yen) (2017)

Grilled Mussels (399 Yen) 2017

Grilled Escargots (399 Yen) 2015)

Grilled Escargots (399 Yen) 2015)

Pasta/Pizza

Arrabiata (399 Yen)

Arrabiata (399 Yen) 2013

Seafood Spaghetti (499 Yen)

Seafood Spaghetti (499 Yen) 2013

Spaghetti Peperoncino (299 Yen)

Spaghetti Peperoncino (299 Yen) 2013

Spaghetti with Tomato & Bacon (399 Yen) (2017)

Spaghetti with Tomato & Bacon (399 Yen) 2017

Spaghetti Spinat-Cremesoße (499 Yen)

Spinach Cream Sauce Spaghetti (499 Yen) 2103

Pizza Margherita (399 Yen) 2015

Pizza Margherita (399 Yen) 2015

Main Dishes

Rib Steak (999 Yen) 2015

Rib Steak (999 Yen) 2015

Pork Ribs (799 Yen) 2015

Pork Ribs (799 Yen) 2015

Dessert

Tiramisu & Pudding (399 Yen)

Tiramisu & Pudding (399 Yen) 2013

Schokoladentorte (299 Yen)

Chocolate Cake (299 Yen) 2013

Kaffee-Gelee mit Milcheis (299 Yen)

Coffee-Jelly &  Ice Cream (299 Yen) 2013

Furthermore, the restaurant chain is one of the biggest importers of Italian wine in Japan – and that might be one of the reasons why the restaurants are able to offer wine for a (Japanese) supermarket price tag.

Rotwein (250 ml, 190 Yen)

Red Wine (250 ml, 190 Yen) 2013

Weißwein (250 ml, 190 Yen)

White Wine (250 ml, 190 Yen) 2013

Of course, even at “Saizeriya” things have their price: The furnishing of the restaurants is rather simple (well, family-friendly), the menu is strictly standardised and dishes are certainly no 4-star menus composed and arranged by an Italian master chef. But you can arrange your own course to your heart’s desire, and the service is always friendly. You’ll never wait long for your food. And, what’s more, there are almost 1,000 “Saizeriya”-restaurants in Japan alone – a budget meal shouldn’d be too far away from wherever you are in the country.

Saizeriya Restaurant

Saizeriya Restaurant

Saizeriya Restaurant

Saizeriya Restaurant

Saizeriya Restaurant

Saizeriya Restaurant

I will leave it to you, if listing this posting under „platal indulgences“ was appropriate.

As you can see, prices haven’t changed significantly between 2013 and 2015 – also confirmed by a look into the menu valid as per August 2015 and again with the menu as per December 2016:

Saizeriya Menu August 2015

Saizeriya Menu August 2015 (click to enlarge)

Saizeriya Menu Dezember 2016 (zum Vergrößern anklicken)

Saizeriya Menu December 2016 (click to enlarge)

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