There are two main chains, Saizeriya and Gusto, both competing for your affections. They are both family restaurants, diner style, which serve a wide choice of Japanese and Western style food at some of the cheapest prices that you can find. A main meal, unlimited drinks bar and dessert, all for around ¥1000. Both also offer a lunch menu for ¥500, which is nice. Open until late, or even 24hours for some of the larger locations, Motomachi has a couple of Saizerias and a Gastos all within just a few minutes walk from the school.
Which one would I recommend? I’ve not often been asked such a tough question. I’d have to suggest giving both a go and just seeing which one feels right for you. Personally I like to mix it up between the two anyway. If pushed, I’d have to say that Gusto has a slightly superior drinks bar selection, including such delights as vanilla latte and hot chocolate. But at a slightly higher cost, is it worth it? That’s a question you’ll just have to answer yourselves!
Satisfied person 1: “Have you ever been to Saizeria?” Satisfied person 2: “Yeah, I go there all the time.” Satisfied person 1: “Ha, me too. I love it there.” Satisfied person 2: “We all do my friend, we all do…” You too could be part of a conversation just like this. Good luck, and I’m envious that you will be able to experience these places for the first time, something that happens only once in a lifetime… so make the most of it!