Italian cuisine for everyone
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:
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.
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.
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: