Special thanks to Shizzy for joining us on this epic wagyu tour. Follow her for more Tokyo insights @xshizzyx. And thanks to Tokyo By Food for organizing our tour of Tokyo’s best beef: bit.ly/TokyoByFood - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - » THE WAGYU BEEF
1. MI-TOBARUNIKUTARASHI (MEAT BAR NIKUTARASHI): Raw Beef + $500 Beef BBQ ADDRESS: 1-34-3 Yoyogi Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 17th Kikuchi Building 1F OPEN: 5:30PM - 11:30PM
Japan is famous for their wagyu beef, with the different types of beef ranging from A1 (lowest grade) to A5 (highest grade). The restaurant we visited today specializes in A5 wagyu beef yakiniku (grilled at the table). They update their menu daily and are locally renowned as serving some of the tastiest beef in Japan.
🥩VARIETY OF BEEF: We sampled Hokkaido beef, which head chef and owner Mr. Hirashima prepared for us; wagyu sashimi, a special off-menu delicacy; and 5 varieties of wagyu including: Zabuton (Chuck Flap), Beef Tongue, Sankaku Bara (Chuck Short Rib), Kamenokou (Knuckle) and Misuji (Top Blade), all served with side sauces of soy sauce, lomon and a special apple sauce.
Ruyuriya has been a staple in Japan for 13 years, famous for their 101 different varieties of hotpot.
🍲SUKIYAKI: There are two ways to eat sukiyaki → 1. Dipping Sukiyaki: First lite the stove with the pan on it, placing the beef fat in the hot pan and continuing to move it around. Remove the beef fat and add tiny sugar cubes. Then pour in the mixture of soy sauce, cooking alcohol and sugar, mixing everything together. Poach the beef in the pan, allowing it to absorb the sauce. Finally, dip the beef into a raw egg and then eat!
2. Sukiyaki Hotpot: Begin by pouring in the mixture of soy sauce soup, then add sugar, onion, leaks, tofu, radish, konnyaku (konjac jelly), scallion, shitaki mushroom, enoki mushroom, tungho and wagyu beef. Mix it all together and enjoy!
🥩SHABU SHABU: This beef dish comes from Matsusaka, Japan, a region known for their high-quality beef that has a high fat-to-meat ratio. Typically, this meat is served with sides of soy sauce and vinegar or sashimi sauce. The beef is often poached in boiled water for 5-10 seconds before being dipped into the sauce and eaten.
Wakakaisekiyamatokan has been serving some of the finest beef in Tokyo for 27 years. They are famous for their private space, where guests have a private room with a private chef preparing their food right in front of them.
🥩This restaurant offers three mains kinds of wagyu beef: Kitasasuma beef from Kagoshima, Hida beef from Gifu and Yonezawa beef from Yamagata. They also offer Washoku, traditional foods of Japan, typically including rice, miso soup and seasonal side dishes.
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