Japan, and especially Tokyo, is low on space.
Standing bars and restaurants are commonplace across the country.
Especially in train stations.
Typical foods like hot noodles – ramen, soba and udon – are common.
Fast-food doesn’t always have to be unhealthy.
Even restaurants like steak houses have embarked on creating a fast-food standing experience.
For example, Ikinari Steak.
いきなり・Ikinari means “suddenly” and ステーキ・steak… is steak.
It has a menu measured by gram, and you can choose the meat you want and how you want it done.
The whole experience takes around 30 minutes – making it a fast food restaurant with a meaty menu.
They also have a unique point system – you can become a Gold, Platinum or Diamond member and get free drinks and so on.
They definitely weren’t the first to take standing-resturants and make them more classy though.
In Ginza the ex-CEO of Book Off, Takashi Sakamoto, launched 俺の・Ore-No restaurants (a masculine way of saying “My” in Japanese).
For example, Ore-no-Italian, Ore-no-French and so on.
Fine dining on a budget and a time limit!