Introducing

SUTADON

“Sutadon” is a filling and energizing meal. It is made with thin slices of pork belly mixed with “Secret Garlic Soy Sauce” on low heat, and then blasted with high heat in a Wok. After it is finishd cooking, it is served on a giant bowl of rice, equilivalent to 3 bowls of rice (around 350 grams of rice).

It originated from a Ramen shop in Kunitachi-shi, Tokyo in 1971. The founder and owner wanted the “Younger generation to eat something that’s cheap and filling”, so he came up with the “Sutadon” as a provided meal. The customers that came often saw this food and the rumor spread, and was made into a menu item at the Ramen shop.

Its unique taste that has never been seen before and the impact of its volume spread through word of mouth around the store, and is now a No.1 favorite, even after over 45 years.

Please have a taste of the bowl that tickles your taste buds with the special soy sauce and the smell of garlic!

“Sutadon” is a filling and energizing meal. It is made with thin slices of pork belly mixed with “Secret Garlic Soy Sauce” on low heat, and then blasted with high heat in a Wok. After it is finishd cooking, it is served on a giant bowl of rice, equilivalent to 3 bowls of rice (around 350 grams of rice).

It originated from a Ramen shop in Kunitachi-shi, Tokyo in 1971. The founder and owner wanted the “Younger generation to eat something that’s cheap and filling”, so he came up with the “Sutadon” as a provided meal. The customers that came often saw this food and the rumor spread, and was made into a menu item at the Ramen shop.

Its unique taste that has never been seen before and the impact of its volume spread through word of mouth around the store, and is now a No.1 favorite, even after over 45 years.

Please have a taste of the bowl that tickles your taste buds with the special soy sauce and the smell of garlic!

Our Secret Sauce

Our Secret Sauce

The crux of the “sutadon” is, above all, our secret garlic-infused soy sauce. Only a few people within the firm know the recipe to this soy-based sauce. The final preparations are done locally at each shop in order to bring out the flavor of the garlic to the fullest.
Large Portions

Large Portions

One feature of the “sutadon” is that a standard serving is equivalent to 3 rice bowls’ worth of food. Even today, our founder’s commitment to the idea of feeding hardworking and hungry people remains alive and well. Many patrons also like to further upgrade their meal by adding more meat or rice. We also offer mini sizes for women, children, and senior citizens who may want a smaller quantity of food.
Cooking Techniques

Cooking Techniques

Each dish is cooked on the spot on-premises, ensuring that you get a fresh-cooked meal each time. Slow-sautéed pork rib has the flavor locked in and is enhanced with our secret sauce, then quickly stir-fried at high heat in a wok. This cooking technique requires a trained chef’s skill and is something other restaurants cannot achieve.

Our Mission: Expanding tasty Japanese food throughout the world and to put a smile on everybody’s face

1971

Origins of the "sutadon" bowl

In 1971, the “Sapporo Ramen Kunitachi branch” was founded, and its owner had the vision of offering filling meals at great prices for the young up-and-coming generation of workers. Through trial and error, what started as a back-kitchen meal for the staff evolved into the “sutadon.”

With the kick of garlic-enhanced soy sauce and a standard portion that is 3 rice bowls’ worth of food, the dish quickly became a hit among our best customers and eventually made its way onto the regular menu.

The “sutadon” became beloved of nearby university students and office workers, not to mention hungry local youths. Thus, the “Meibutsu sutadon no mise” was spun off as its own store dedicated to serving this dish.

2004

Nationwide Expansion

The shop changed its name in 2004 from “Meibutsu sutadon no mise” to “Densetsu no sutadon-ya” and then opened within Tokyo’s 23 wards area.

A turning point came in 2006 when, at a shopping facility bringing together the most famous rice bowl vendors from around the country, our dishes succeeded in accounting for over half of revenues.

This led to the “sutadon” becoming known throughout Japan. Our CEO, Mr. Hayakawa, was even more convinced that this was a chance to have the people of the world learn about this delicious item, so we began in earnest to open locations across the country.

2011

And Now, The World

In 2011, we launched our franchise business, which rapidly sped up the growth of our shops. Although we had just 3 stores in 2000, by 2012, that number had climbed to 60. That same year, we opened stores in Hong Kong and New York. In 2013, we opened a shop in Los Angeles. These shops served as opportunities to begin test marketing “sutadon” by serving it to local diners.

In May 2015, we then opened our 1st full-scale overseas location in Chicago. In March 2016, our 2nd shop went live in Torrance.

Going forward, we actively plan to expand throughout the United States and Asia. We know that our ability to grow this far is owed to each and every patron who has supported our shop and been a fan of the “sutadon” since our earliest founding days.

We will continue putting our all into every dish we serve and bring delicious and energizing “sutadon” to people everywhere.

From Our Menu

Customers' Comments

  • This place is my favorite in the Mitsuwa Marketplace! I would give it a 4.5 because I had to wait a little longer for my order, but I forgive it because there was a huge line. The cashier was so sweet, I messed up my order and she fixed it. I ordered the Sutadon a while ago and tonight I find myself craving it's salty taste, and it's something I ate in Japan all the time when I was a student. So, it's authentic and tasty. I tried the fried rice, it's literally the BEST FRIED RICE EVER. They cook it individually and it's amazing! Their soup is okay, and the karaage is delicious, but one time it was warm instead of hot. there is a seating problem in the food court, so I usually take my orders TO GO, which is AWRSOME, I'm pretty sure they're the only places that does TO GO orders. I'm coming back here all the time!

    Kai Luo B.
    Kai Luo B.,
    Palatine, IL
  • I finally got to try this place! It's just been a while since I've been at Misuwa for a meal... We ordered the Sutadon with the hot spring egg and it did not disappoint! It's a little on the saltier side, but that's why you should make sure to eat it with the rice underneath. So I thought the egg would be a little more "runny" after popping it open, but it's actually almost like a soft boiled egg where the yolk is just medium done. It was still good, but I might actually like it if it were almost like a poached egg, and then you pop open the egg for that runny egg porn goodness. Oh well, maybe I can ask for that next time? Will try.

    Tina “TinaEatsChicago” L.
    Tina “TinaEatsChicago” L.,
    Chicago, IL
  • Just came back from Japan and I got a little sad. It made me soooo happy to find this place! The most authentic I could find. Best friend is from Tokyo and she said this is real Japanese place! Sooo delicious! If you complain about anything I have no idea why...this food is amazing!! Taste just like back in Japan!

    Moni E.
    Moni E.,
    San Diego, CA

Yelp's Reviews

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  • Kai Luo B.

    Kai Luo B.

    9/10/2019
    This place is my favorite in the Mitsuwa Marketplace! I would give it a 4.5 because I had to wait a little longer for my order, but I forgive it because there was a huge line. The cashier was so sweet, I messed up my order and she fixed it.

    I ordered the Sutadon a while ago and tonight I find myself craving it's salty taste, and it's something I ate in Japan all the time when I was a student. So, it's authentic and tasty. I tried the fried rice, it's literally the BEST FRIED RICE EVER. They cook it individually and it's amazing! Their soup is okay, and the karaage is delicious, but one time it was warm instead of hot.

    there is a seating problem in the food court, so I usually take my orders TO GO, which is AWRSOME, I'm pretty sure they're the only places that does TO GO orders. I'm coming back here all the time!
  • Paul S.

    Paul S.

    11/20/2018
    Absolutely addictive.  If your knowledge of Japanese cuisine is limited to sushi, ramen and teppanyaki grill foods, give the "Stamina Bowl" or Sutadon a try.  There are three flavors you can have for you pork bowl; garlic, ginger, or spicy.  While both the garlic and ginger are definitely on point, and the garlic is their number one seller, I've fallen in love with the #3, spicy bowl.  I believe they're using Korean gochujang chili for the heat, as that what it reminds me of.  To me, it's not a brutally spicy dish; rather a constant, manageable pleasant burn.  The bowls give you some customization options; white rice, brown rice, or my favorite: mixed grain rice which includes white, brown, red rice with millet, and some other grains to give a hearty, healthy chew.  Your other customization option is a fried egg or a very soft boiled or steamed/poached egg.  I recommend the boiled egg; it's lightly cooked so that you can break the yolk over the pork and rice, adding a richness to the dish as it oozes in.  I haven't tried everything on the menu, but the tofu salad is a nice addition to a Sutadon bowl; dressings are self-serve and I recommend the soy-ginger dressing, even though there's a tiny bit of soy or some sort of dressing at the bottom of the salad.  If Mitsuwa is crowded, be ready for a long line here, because this has become the most popular of the food court offerings, for good reason.  If you want Japanese food that's a bit different than what you normally are familiar with, try the Sutadon stamina bowl here, again I recommend #3 spicy, mixed grain rice, steamed egg, and a side tofu salad.  Itadakimasu!
  • Hina C.

    Hina C.

    10/7/2018
    garlic pork bowl NO.1!
    Also oyako don (chicken) is good. BTW definitly visit the matcha place next to it.
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Energize Your Body with Sutadon

In 2013, we opened a shop in Los Angeles. These shops served as opportunities to begin test marketing “sutadon” by serving it to local diners. In May 2015, we then opened our 1st full-scale overseas location in Chicago. In March 2016, our 2nd shop went live in Dallas.