Ikebukuro is a subcenter of Tokyo where you can take several trains such as JR and subway. There are many companies and schools around the station, so the place is teeming with people who come and go every day. Ikebukuro is also whom to numerous shopping stores and restaurants. On top of it all, Ikebukuro is also a popular tourist destination.
In this article, we will feature Viking Kuikui, a restaurant in Ikebukuro. This restaurant is popular for its wide array of food including 10 kinds of meat. Let's take a look at it.
Viking Kuikui: A variety of unlimited yakiniku dishes and more
Viking Kuikui is an all-you-can-eat yakiniku (Japanese barbecue) and shabu-shabu restaurant located about a 3-minute walk from the east exit of Ikebukuro Station. You can enjoy their all-you-can-eat lineup of more than 80 dishes such as yakiniku, sushi, and sweets.
We especially recommend the yakiniku buffet at lunchtime. On weekdays, the yakiniku buffet for one person is 1,400 yen for 60 minutes and 1,600 for 90 minutes tax excluded. You can enjoy all-you-can-eat yakiniku, sushi, ramen, pasta, sweets and drinks at an affordable price.
You can also have shabu-shabu at dinnertime. This restaurant allows you to enjoy food in various ways according to your current mood and the preferences of the group you're with.
A wide range of meat! Enjoy a full-blown yakiniku buffet!
This time, we will feature the restaurant's lunch buffet. They regularly offer 10 kinds of meat, which makes Yakiniku Kuikui a popular spot for enjoying yakiniku in a variety of ways. Bearing in mind the meat's freshness and mouthfeel, almost all of the food on the menu are manually cut inside the restaurant.
They have several types of meat that will satisfy your hunger just by looking at them. Aside from skirt steak, beef ribs, beef sirloin steak, and beef tongue, they also have a wide selection of organ meats such as offal and more. They also have a wide selection of grilled meat using various parts and seasonings for beef, pork, and chicken such as apple pork, pork fat, chicken tail, and herb-grilled chicken.
You can find several seasonings in the corner where the words "sauce life" is written. The base of yakiniku sauce is soy sauce and miso sauce. If you mix it with their special chili oil you can enjoy a lot of food with different accents! Some dishes are seasoned on the meat itself, but we also recommend adding your favorite seasoning with a wide variety of sauces.
Speaking of yakiniku, vegetables are also an essential ingredient. They have unlimited vegetables like cabbage, carrot, squash, and okra, as well as kimchi and salad.
Take meat and vegetables on a plate and cook them on the metal mesh available in each table. Since this is a self-service all-you-can-eat buffet, you can try all kinds of food, but leaving leftovers would be considered bad table etiquette! That's why you have to choose your food wisely while checking your stomach.
You can also use the toaster and bread available in the meat section to make grilled meat sandwiches. Try pairing yakiniku with rice!
You can also enjoy make-your-own ramen and pasta!
In "Viking Kuikui", there are many all-you-can-eat foods aside from yakiniku. You must also try their noodle corner where you can enjoy make-your-own ramen, spaghetti, and udon!
This allows you to boil noodles and top it with your favorite sauce and toppings. For example, while boiling the noodles for 30 to 40 seconds, you can prepare the soup.
They offer 4 kinds of ramen such as salt, soy sauce, tonkotsu, and tomato sauce. Scoop a ladle of soup ingredients and mix it in the ramen soup. Pull out the boiled noodles, thoroughly add hot water, and add your favorite topping.
The bowl is slightly larger than your palm. Try to have this as the closing dish after gorging on yakiniku.
You can make the spaghetti by boiling pasta and adding pasta sauce such as meat sauce or tomato sauce and toppings. Aside from this, the restaurant allows you to enjoy a variety of all-you-can-eat Japanese and Western dishes such as ochazuke, curry, mapo tofu, and sushi.
A wide selection of side dishes and sweets!
You might also like the fact that you can enjoy a wide array of prepared dishes and sweets along with the yakiniku and noodle corner. Here is a cute chicken toy for the fried chicken wings.
Opening the lid will let out the sweet and fragrant scent of fried chicken which will get your appetite up and running. You can savor meat prepared in a different way from yakiniku, which gives a slightly luxurious feeling!
They also have a lot of fried foods such as takoyaki, tempura, and fried potatoes. Other parts of the restaurant also have fryers and ingredients for kushiage or fried skewers, so you can enjoy making bite-sized skewers.
You can also place French fries in a bucket and mix it with flavor powder to challenge the "shake-shake furifuri fries". You can also enjoy new flavors by combining 6 kinds of powder with other fried food aside from French fries.
If you come to the store for the buffet, you should definitely try their sweets. Various cakes, puddings, and fruits cut into bite-sized pieces are lined up in the refrigerated display case. In addition, there are a wide variety of sweets, from machines that make soft serve ice creams and cold sweets such as 10 types of ice cream and sorbet to warm sweets such as chocolate fondue, crepes, and cotton candy!
Making your own crepe and cotton candy will surely excite you with the outcome. Please enjoy the colorful cotton candy that is popular in Harajuku and the crepes arranged with your favorite ingredients.
They also have toppings like corn and chocolate flakes, so you can even make a parfait topped with your favorites.
Aside from yakiniku, Viking Kuikui allows you to enjoy your favorite food to your heart's content from the wide array of 80 dishes. Viking Kuikui is a place where you can enjoy to the fullest based on the store manager's idea of a "fun, delicious and memorable meal".
Viking Kuikui Ikebukuro Branch
6F Actiole Minami Ikebukuro, 2-26-10 Minami Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo
3 minute walk from East Exit of Ikebukuro Station
Lunch: 11:00 to 16:00 (L.O. 15:00)
*Last order for the 60-minute course is 15:00 while the last order for the 90-minute course is 14:30.
Dinner: 17:00 to 23:30 (L.O. 22:00)
*Customers cannot stay at the restaurant beyond the closing time in lunch and dinner.
Regular holiday: None