There is not a person alive who doesn’t enjoy and all-you-can-eat (and drink) buffet. Lucky for those of us living in Japan, this country offers the vastest array of all-you-can-eat (and drink) restaurants in the entire world.
Seriously, almost every culinary establishment you come across will have an all-you-can-eat (たべほうだい) option. Sometimes it’ll be buffet style, with dishes replenished much faster than they ever were at Sizzler. At other times, they’ll have a special menu where you can continue ordering ready-made dishes to your heart’s content – until your 90 minutes is up of course.
Even better than all-you-can-eat, in my opinion, is all-you-can-drink (or のみほうだい). I’m not an alcoholic (much) but being able to drink alcoholic beverages as much as you like for 90 minutes or so at a fixed price is basically my kind of heaven. Most all-you-can-eat places will come automatically with the drink option as well. An average price estimate sees most places serving unlimited food or drink from about 2500 yen upwards (depending on the calibre of the restaurant).
Some popular all-you-can-eat/drink places in Osaka include:
Yakiniku (anywhere) but my personal favourite is Fu-Fu-Tei in Chayamachi, Umeda. Plan cost about 3500 yen for 2 hours.
Izakaya or small bar (anywhere) but if you’ve got a party of more than 8 people, I recommend Torikizoku’s party plan. 2 hours for 2500 yen (I recommend the ピマン肉ずめ
Sweets Paradise (pictured above – various locations) Buffet style sweets cafe with a dizzying array of cakes and drink options for around 1500 yen per 70 minutes. Try the caramelised roll cake, it’s to die for.
With all these crazy food and drink plans, how the hell is the entire population of Japan not suffering from crippling cases of diabetes and obesity.