Where would you go to eat when you visit Japan? Would you eat at a traditional Japanese restaurant, also known as a ryotei? Or would you go to a fancy restaurant? There are many places to eat in Japan that offer excellent service, taste, and atmosphere. Out of the top five restaurants with the highest total number of Michelin stars, Japanese cities make up three of those five. So, regardless of the type of food, Japan is globally recognized as a good place to eat good food.
However, don’t you want to eat something less expensive that Japanese people eat every day when you go to Japan? In Japan, they call inexpensive everyday food, "B-kyu gourmet”. Typical examples of B-grade gourmet include ramen, udon, soba (though, some are high-class), yakisoba, okonomiyaki, Takoyaki, curry and rice, hamburgers, and donburi. In addition, lunch set menus and coffee shop food may also be considered B-class gourmet. I think conveyor-belt sushi restaurants like Kura Sushi and Sushiro are also classified as B-gourmet.
Japanese lunch menus are also popular among working people, especially low-priced bento boxes. Generally, they sell for around 500 yen or 1,000 yen for the cheapest items. It’s considered expensive if prices reach over 1,000 yen, and the types of customers vary. 1,000 yen equals about $7.50 in U.S dollars, so it’s quite inexpensive compared to lunch in the U.S. Additionally, Japan doesn’t have a tipping system, so you’re expected to pay the price that’s written on the menu, which is probably another reason why items in Japan seem cheap. If you get the chance to visit Japan, please enjoy the affordable prices and B-class food.
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