A literal “alleyway” find, Hontosaya seems to be quite a popular joint for locals, and you’d be hard-pressed to find any foreigners/tourists here! Not to mention the extent of their ‘english menu’ is basically sticky-notes with basic translations of each cut stuck onto their original menu.
Surprisingly larger inside than you would expect (with 2 floors), I believe it also has a second shop just across the street as while waiting outside you notice waiters walking in and out of the main shop with trays of food.
As expected of Japan, all the cuts of meat were beautifully marbled and generously sliced. Just take a look at the bottom left photo, where else would you expect to find such a generous slice of meat, especially one that marbled?
My staples for both Japanese yakiniku and Korean barbeque is just rice and kimchi and they certainly delivered both well here. The meat were delicious and very much worth the price with the amount that you get. You can’t go wrong with any cut of meat, but there’s a good variety to suit everyone’s needs available too.
If you can find it, and don’t mind the bare-boned english translations, I’d definitely recommend visiting Hontosaya for yakiniku if you’re ever in Tokyo!