Mori no Butchers has an intimate feel that encourages quiet conversation over a leisurely bottle or two, rather than the boisterous clamor that often fills its sibling restaurants. It may look like a classic izakaya tavern, but the sign by the door makes its manifesto clear: “No meat, no life.” The menu will offer few surprises either in its format or the pricing if you know the related restaurants. For most people, the focal point is its beef, which is grilled over a charcoal fire pit. Here there are only two options, flap meat or sirloin, both of which are available in three sizes (180, 250 or 460 grams), with the smallest cut of flap meat available for as little as ¥1,200. It’s all so good, and such good value, there’s no need to look further down the menu. But there is also excellent grilled lamb, as well as pork, chicken and beef tongue. Everything is served with fries and a healthy dollop of whole-grain mustard on basic wooden platters fashioned out of cut-down planks — there are no surplus frills here. That’s how they are able to offer these kinds of prices.
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