Like so many casual eating/drinking spots opening in these cash-strapped times, Maruni keeps things simple and cheap. It's basically a standing bar serving yakiniku barbecue, with a brightly lit interior and retro wooden facade. What sets it apart from just about any other place of its kind is that the old- fashioned look is not just skin deep.
Maruni/Zaku: Here’s the beef, in vintage style
Name (J) 和牛食堂 まるに
Lunch price range
Up to ¥1,000
Dinner price range
¥3,000 - ¥5,000
Classic Showa Era setting; good value yakiniku
It can get awfully smoky
Drinks Beer ¥500; highball ¥390; sours from ¥400; shochu from ¥2,500/bottle
Number of seats 22 upstairs (Zaku); 8 at the counter (Maruni), plus standing room for about 20
Smoking No smoking
1-11-1 Shinbashi, Minato-ku, Tokyo
11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. (weekdays only); 5 p.m.-midnight (Fri. 5 p.m.-2 a.m.; Sat. and holidays 5-11 p.m); closed Sun.
Transport Leave Shinbashi subway station by Exit 5 and walk straight ahead toward the expressway overpass. Turn right down the first small side street and you will see the old wooden building housing Maruni and Zaku on the right after 50 meters.