Itaro, restaurant specializing in Korean grilled pork samgyeopsal, opens in Tenmonkan, Kagoshima

PUBLISHED Mar 14, 2023

Exterior view of Itaro

Itaro Kagoshima Tenmonkan, a restaurant specializing in Korean-style BBQ samgyeopsal, opened on March 3 on the first floor of the Gourmet Square Building next to CenTerrace Tenmonkan.

Cosmo Supply manages the restaurant. It is a sister restaurant of NENE CHIKIN, a Korean fried chicken restaurant located on the second floor of the same building. The company opened the restaurant to offer Kagoshima pork belly grilled over charcoal. Itaro’s main branch is a Korean home-style restaurant in Shin-Okubo, Tokyo, serving samgyeopsal and cheese fondue made with Kagoshima pork.

The restaurant has 60 seats, including 16 tables and eight counter seats, equipped with griddles tilted to allow the fat to flow, a grill, tongs, and long scissors. All pork is pre-grilled over charcoal and seared on the surface before being served, and the final touches can be done at each table. “The pork is cooked to a certain degree, so it grills quickly,” says Hirotaka Kumagai, the manager.

In addition to samgyeopsal, the restaurant also offers pork loin, pork ribs, and pork jowl. Customers can order individual cuts of meat starting at two servings, each weighing 180 grams (1,520 yen). It also features a three-meat set (4,356 yen) and Kurobuta pork samgyeopsal (2,980 yen), along with a selection of Korean dishes such as jjigae hot pot, gimbap, and buchimgae.

Kumagai added, “Compared with NENE CHIKIN on the second floor, Itaro is more for grown-ups. We hope our customers can enjoy Korean-style yakiniku in a relaxed atmosphere.”

Opening hours: 5:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.

  • Table seating of Itaro

  • Equipped with griddles

  • Counter seating of Itaro

  • Example of grilled meat

  • Grilling meat