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Satou Meat Cutlets

February 3, 2016

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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.

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  1. I”ve been to that place!!! Unfortunately, I didn’t go for the menchikatsu but went for steak at the top of the butcher shop. It was delicious!!!! If the steak that I had was delicious, then I bet that menchikatsu is just as glorious as that piece of meat which i devoured. My gf and I are going to Japan this July(she’s never been there and she adores you and your videos – she got me addicted to this blog). This is one of the must go to places that i’m taking her.

    3 years ago
  2. Now my question is, is 5 menchikatsu too many menchikatsu for one person?

    4 years ago
  3. You videos look so much crisper… What camera are you using now that you are in Japan?

    It is wonderful to see the two of you back in your element…Exploration!

    4 years ago
  4. Also, the kanji on that sign (元祖丸メチカツ)is がんそまる. This means “the originator of the round menchikatsu.”

    4 years ago
    • WHOA SO COOL! I wonder if they are the legit original or if there are other places in Japan that claim it too?

      4 years ago
      • So, a really lazy internet search only came up with SATOU claiming to be the originator. However, Japanese wikipedia claims that mechikatsu began in the Meiji period and was originally called “minced meat cutlet” (Minsumiito katsuretsu/ミンストミートカツレツ). Somehow or other, that originally word transformed into…..メチカツ. The first incarnations of the cutlet seem to be hamburgers deep friend with breading. Also of interest – in Osaka and Western Japan these are not メチカツ、but ミチカツ!

        4 years ago
        • And I had lots of katakana misspellings. I meant to say、 メンチカツ andミンチカツ. This is what cold weather does to my brain!

          4 years ago
  5. Martina, have you found someone as good as Sunny to do your nails in Japan? I couldn’t help but notice they look awesome yet again

    4 years ago
    • I haven’t found a place yet, those fab nails were done by Sunny before Christmas! She’s amazing. When we go back to Korea I’ll get them done again until I can find someone new but I’m really too attached to Sunny. :( She’s just a great person in general on top of being an awesome artist.

      4 years ago
  6. I immediately thought of poor, poor Menchi from Excel Saga.

    4 years ago
  7. Oooh, that place looks good. I will have to start watching 孤独のグルメ.

    If you want some sort of napkin to wipe your wands with after eating, you can probably say, ティッシュペーパーをください。(Teisshupeepaa o kudasai). ナプキン is sometimes used as a sanitary napkin, so I would avoid that word (…unless you need a sanitary napkin!) Although, I think most Japanese people usually carry around handkerchiefs, so stores might not have them. But if you see people handing out tissues in little packages with flyers stuffed into them, jump at the chance to grab them! They are so useful:)

    4 years ago
  8. Benefits of listening to the radio show, you know more backstory. :)

    4 years ago
  9. GASP Kodoku no Gurume placeee??!!! Wow you found one!!! They all seem so small and hidden, I’m amazed you actually stumbled across one! This place reminds me of a kurokke shop I was looking for in Arashiyama (as recommended by Tabelog), but when I arrived, it was closed on Wednesdays (it was a Wednesday!). Sadface. So I had to settle for the average kurokke in the area. Still good, but not awesome, y’know?

    As for tissues: Wander around train stations in the afternoons. There should be people giving out free tissue packets with little ads on them.

    4 years ago
    • Yes! We love that show, thanks to you. It’s the first show on the hard drive you gave Martina that we’re watching together, and it’s great!

      4 years ago
  10. コロッケ are usually potato filled, but cream コロッケ are equally as yummy. Both are awesome with curry. Especially the cream filled ones. Used to make lots of コロッケ when I was away for school.
    I don’t do it now, but that’s because I live with parents right now and mom gets really disgusted with deep frys..

    I’ve never had menchi katsu before… but it could be because I’ve not seen any here, or because I really can’t eat much beef now.

    4 years ago
  11. omg those look so AMAZING!!! I wish I knew if those were around the last time I was there. Been to Japan a few times but spent most of my time south of Tokyo in the Atsugi area by the base and Yokohama. I miss Japan so much. Wish I could go back lol.

    4 years ago
  12. Oh man, you guys are inspiring me to brush up on my Japanese. The menu you show in the video says that if you’re buying 5 *or more*, they’re 180 yen each. On the website, on the righthand side above the calendar are subsites. The 3rd one says goes to Kichijouji and says the same thing about price (about halfway down), with a note that weekdays you’re limited to buying up to 20 pieces, and weekends & holidays you can’t buy more than 10 pieces per person. Also that while they open at 9:30am, the Menchikatsu are available after 10:30am. So it looks like you can buy more than 5 if you want!

    4 years ago
  13. http://www.shop-satou.com/shop/kichijouji1/index.html
    Martina and Simon, here’s the info from Satō’s website about the katsu as well as other food on their menu.

    4 years ago
  14. Hey guys!

    Those look really amazing! They’re not actually croquettes, though (at least not in the sense that Japanese people would call them コロッケ). Menchi-katsu (which means ‘minced [meat] cutlets) are usually flat, but they are prepared the same way as コロッケ, so I can see why it would be confusing especially since these ones are super round. XD

    4 years ago
  15. Wow these look great! I am curious about the camera used to film this though. It looks quite small, what is it?

    4 years ago
    • It looks like a Sony A7 with a 30mm macro lens.

      What I want to know is, who’s holding the camera? Is there a new Japanese Leigh?

      4 years ago
      • Close! We’re using the Sony A7s with a 20mm 2.0 lens. Not the best lens, but small and light and gets the job done :D

        4 years ago
  16. so steamy, so satisfying

    4 years ago
  17. I love that y’all are still making videos! Especially with moving y’all are the best! Thanks for working so hard! Cause these videos definitely help me through the week!!

    4 years ago
  18. Sad Simon is best Simon

    4 years ago
  19. Glad you guys are having fun and getting used to the new neighbourhood. Suppose this as good as a time to ask as any: any chance you can keep an eye out for vegan foods as you go about. When you get a list maybe make a video? I’d really appreciate it! The Rugby World Cup is in Japan in 2019 and I’d like to get a head start on what’s edible. Much love. <3

    4 years ago
    • We’ve been told it’s easier to find vegan food in Japan than it is in Korea. Once we know what we’re looking for we’ll keep an eye out, and we’ll make a video on it for sure :D

      4 years ago
      • Thanks. You two are the best.

        4 years ago
        • You could also make a little card in Japanese of foods you can’t eat and just show it at restaurants. I heard that’s what Jenna Marbles did when she visited Japan, and it apparently worked for her. :)

          4 years ago