6 Unique Functions of Restaurants in Japan!

6 Unique Functions of Restaurants in Japan

Japanese food is now popular all over the world. Not only sushi, but beef bowl, ramen, green tea sweets are also well-known even on the other side of the world. But when you come to Japan, try the authentic Japanese food at Japanese restaurants. There are a few “surprises” you will find in them. Here are some examples!



 

6 Unique Functions of Restaurants in Japan!

 

1. Free water, tea, and oshibori (hand towels)

One of the biggest services in Japanese restaurants is that water is usually served free. Moreover, what surprises westerners is that Japanese tea is also served free! When you seat yourself at a table, the wait staff will bring you either a glass of water or a cup of tea. If your cup is empty, just say “sumimasen” and it will be filled up again, of course for free. Another thing that you receive at a table is a wet hand-towel. We Japanese clean our hands with this before we start eating.

 

2. Sit like a Japanese at “zashiki” table!

When you eat at a Japanese restaurant, it is not only the food that is Japanese, but also the atmosphere. Many Japanese restaurants and izakayas (Japanese style bars) offer a table in “zashiki” style. It’s a Japanese style table where you sit on the floor with your shoes off. Usually it is on tatami mats with cushions called “zabuton.” What is great about it is that you feel the closeness with people you are with. Also, you can squeeze a little bit and easily make a space for another person to join in.

 

3. Menus with pictures

This is a very useful aspect of Japanese restaurants. Not all of the written menus have pictures, but at least they will give you an idea of what you will be eating. Since there are still only a few restaurants that have English menus, it will be a great help to order your favorite dish.

 

4. Eat healthy with “teishoku” (set menu)

Japanese cuisine is considered healthy not only for the ingredients but also the way we eat. We grew up being told, “Eat with a good balance” meaning have a good mixture of proteins, carbs, and minerals. “Teishoku” is a set menu often served during lunchtime. It usually comes with a main dish (fish or meat), side dish (vegetables), miso soup and a bowl of rice. You can try different types of food and stay healthy with this menu!

 

5. Press the button at each table to order

Don’t worry at restaurants if you do not speak Japanese. Many big Japanese restaurants have a button at each table. If you press this button, the wait staff will come to take orders. This way, you can keep cool and quiet like a Japanese even when you order.

 

6. Be treated by bringing coupons

After we welcomed the new century 16 years ago, coupons became a popular method of marketing for Japanese restaurants. Just print out or download to your smartphone and you will get discounts. Some of them offer a free first drink, or on your birthday, you will receive a cake! With what you saved, you can try another tasty Japanese dish!

 

Conclusion

Enjoying at Japanese restaurants is not just about food, but also includes the culture. Drink tea as much as you want, sit on the floor, and eat healthy like Japanese. An experience is always more exciting than information!

 

6 Unique Functions of Restaurants in Japan!

1. Free water, tea, and oshibori (hand towels)
2. Sit like a Japanese at “zashiki” table!
3. Menus with pictures
4. Eat healthy with “teishoku” (set menu)
5. Press the button at each table to order
6. Be treated by bringing coupons