Yakiniku Kintare, Soka City [Closed]

Cosy yakiniku restaurant in Saitama

By Sleiman Azizi    - 2 min read

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This location is closed, please check out the store in Jiyuugaoka or Shibuya.

Last updated: Jul 10, 2020

I was convinced by my friend join him for dinner at a local yakiniku restaurant in Soka City, Saitama. The problem was, he had forgotten where the restaurant was and in his carnivorous mood, I got the sense that if we didn't find it soon, he'd start salivating and howling at the moon...

With a trail of oral ooze behind him, he eventually found the place right by the local train station. Great. And the name? Yakiniku Kintare. Excellent. We entered what turned out to be quite a cosy and comfortable grilled meat restaurant. The subdued yellow lighting we walked into is a typical Japanese interior design feature, and immediately set us at ease.

Entrance to the restaurant
Entrance to the restaurant

The ensuing old school chit-chat was great - my friend is boisterous with a capital B - but I have to say that I was comfortably impressed with the food. Along with the Korean bibimbap as, yes, an appetiser, we ate well with beef cuts from Sendai and Yamagata. Tender, flavoursome and full of gentle, Japanese body, the plates of beef slices were a delight when we dipped them into the special tare sauce trays provided.

Korean bibimpap
Korean bibimpap

Yakiniku Kintare offers any number of beef cuts, a smorgasbord of courses including all-you-can-eat buffet ones, as well as side orders and set meals. Prices here begin at JPY1,200 for lunch sets and climb all the way up to JPY8,000 for premium course meals. Our Sendai and Yamagata cuts were JPY2,580, excluding tax. Had I noticed them, I would have definitely ordered the beef sushi pieces for JPY780.

Sendai beef
Sendai beef

A great place to enjoy some quality beef and late evening conversation, Yakiniku Kintare is a carnivore's delight, with or without friends howling at the moon.

Getting there

Take the Tobu Skytree Line to Soka Station and head out the West Exit. Yakiniku Kintare is less than a minute's walk on the right.

Sleiman Azizi

Sleiman Azizi @sleiman.azizi

A Japanese Permanent Resident, I have over 500 published articles on Japan as well as 5 English language books written in a traditional Japanese style. I happen enjoy writing. Funny that...I'm also the Regional Partner for Tokyo, so if you've anything to say about Japan's never ending capital - or just Japan in general - don't be shy and contact with me via sleiman.azizi@japantravel.com

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Kim 10 months ago
This was so fun to read!
Sleiman Azizi Author 10 months ago
Elena Lisina 10 months ago
To be honest, I've never eaten any meat in Japan as I'm great fan of fish. Here we get meat, but fish is 'something' frozen, so in Japan I try to eat fish as much as possible. : ) Maybe I should try some meat, too.
Sleiman Azizi Author 10 months ago
I prefer fish these days but good food is still good and you can't say no to good food, lol