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Chaco’s Fussa Steakhouse tasty, convenient to Yokota

This combo from Chaco's Fussa Steakhouse features flavorful cuts of top round, ribeye roll and top sirloin steaks.

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By LEON COOK | Stars and Stripes | Published: April 18, 2018

You don’t have to go far from the headquarters of U.S. Forces Japan in western Tokyo to get a decent steak.

Chaco’s Fussa Steakhouse is right across the road from Yokota Air Base’s main gate and has been for years under various names.

On a recent visit, I got a seat immediately and ordered a soft drink, with free refills, before checking out an English-language menu.

Diners can choose cuts of steak that vary in price and quality. A 10.5-ounce bottom round, or a Salisbury steak, can be yours for 1,200 yen (about $11.30) while a 7-ounce cut of Wagyu top sirloin costs 3,180 yen (or about $30).

Big eaters — or a party of hungry carnivores — can get a 40-ounce Tomahawk steak (ribeye with a long strip of bone attached, resembling a tomahawk’s handle) for 7,800 yen.

You can order combination plates and try smaller amounts of different meats. I selected Combo A, containing top round from Japan, ribeye from Australia and sirloin from the U.S. In all, I got 300 grams, or about 10.5 ounces of meat, for 3800 yen ($35.76).

I didn’t wait much longer than 10 minutes for my food. The pink-to-red centers of my pre-sliced steak immediately told me how my entree had arrived so quickly. The waiter spoke perfect English but hadn’t asked, or I’d missed the question, how I wanted my meat prepared. I usually waver between medium-rare or medium.

What I got was rarer than I’m used to, but it was a revelation. The quality meat and reduced cooking time resulted in an exceptionally tender and flavorful experience.

For dessert, I ordered Chaco’s Special Parfait for 780 yen. It’s a two-scoop sundae of chocolate and strawberry ice cream, topped with a mound of whipped cream, slices of orange, kiwi and banana, chunks of Oreo cookies, fudge and strawberry sauce.

Chaco’s offers a premium dining with a price tag to match, but there are cheaper items on the menu for budget-conscious diners.

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Directions: Go straight from Yokota Air Base’s main gate. Chaco’s is the first building on the left after crossing Route 16. Free customer parking.

Hours: 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., Monday through Friday; 11:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., Saturday, Sunday and holidays.

Cost: Prices range from $11.29 for a simple Salisbury steak to $60 for a 12-course meal with high-quality cuts of meat.

Information: 042-530-0160; kiwa-group.co.jp/chacos_fussa

Chaco's Special Parfait put a sweet exclamation point on a recent visit to the steakhouse near Yokota Air Base, Japan.
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