February 3, 2016
Hi everyone! Allow us to share with you one of our favourite snacks in our neighbourhood: Satou Meat Cutlets!
Now, it’s not really a snack place. It’s a meat house. They have butchers there as well, and so they sell cuts of meat for you to cook at home, or eat raw on the spot while you howl at the moon – whatever floats your boat. There’s also a restaurant on the top floor which serves meat that’s arguably better than Kobe Beef. Arguably. Not arguable by us yet, because we haven’t tried it out. We read about it online, though. We’ll have to check it out one of these days. Tomorrow? No how about now. Ah it’s too late at night now. Another day, then.
Also, we didn’t fully share how bizarre it was for us to find this place. Our first day in our neighbourhood, Kichijoji, we spent walking around and trying to get a feel for. We walked by this place and thought to ourselves, hey, is that the place from Solitary Gourmet? Then we thought nahhhh. It can’t be! We had JUST watched that episode the night before. The coincidence would be too strong. So we walked around some more, and we found the same Indian restaurant that the main character walked in and out of. Without a doubt it was the same place. Then we came back to Satou Steak House immediately, waited in line, pointed to the balls and grunted (it worked!) and then, when we bit into it, we saw it was the same one he ordered on the show. Woohoo! We didn’t go yet to the actual restaurant he went to in the episode. We’re still looking for it. Once we find it though we’ll squee and take lots of pictures. Seriously we love this show. It’s just like our food videos except it’s one guy and he’s great.
Quick note: I don’t think these were croquettes. I think we got confused because of the show. He mentioned croquettes, but I think Satou Steak House sells these Menchikatsu balls as one thing, and croquettes as something else. That’s my guess. I’m not too sure though. Please let me know if I got it wrong or not.
Anyhoodledoodle, we really like this place, and we’re not the only ones. We often eat at another famous place here in Kichijoji, and a few days ago when we were eating at the other place we sat across from two college kids who we talked with for a bit. They were asking for restaurants in the area, and when we suggested Satou they said they already know about it. It’s famous! Every time we go there people are always taking pictures. In the bloopers you’ll actually see me taking pictures of a family visiting from Hong Kong. We always see people taking pictures there. Not sure how it got so famous, but it’s definitely worth the attention. Go there if you can. Here’s the address to Satou Steak House:
〒180-0004 Tokyo, Musashino, 吉祥寺本町1-1-8
You can copy and paste that into either Google or Apple Maps, both of which worked for me. They also have a website, though I don’t see any mention of their Meat Cutlets there, but I am still really new to reading Japanese.
If you want to get there via Subway, get off at Kichijoji station, and from there I don’t know how to describe how to get to the place. There are two major exits at Kichijoji station. One has lots of buses and another doesn’t. Get off at the side with lots of buses. You should see a McDonalds close to the buses. Walk towards it. Once you pass it, there’ll be a side alley that turns left. Go on that side alley. You should find Satou’s Meat Cutlets on your left. I’m sorry I can’t be of more assistance on this! It’s a bit confusing to get to.
Otherwise, here are some of the scenes we cut out from this week’s video, including my childhood glee in waiting for the meatballs.