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Top 5 Sukiyaki Restaurants in Tokyo, Ranging from Traditional to Modern

Meat has made its way into Japanese cuisine following the enlightenment period during the Meiji era (1868 - 1892). One representative dish of this so-called meat culture is called "sukiyaki" or beef hot pot. This article introduces 5 specially-selected restaurants in Tokyo that serve this dish!

2017.11.30

1. Echikatsu

Echikatsu has been in business since 1874, and has been loved by historical literary figures. Here, you may enjoy some sukiyaki as you gaze upon the garden within the abode of this traditional restaurant. Visitors may avail of private dining rooms to ensure a relaxing stay. The meat used in the sukiyaki is A5-ranked beef from Japanese black cattle. Have a taste of the tender Japanese beef, along with the flavor of Kanto-style "warishita", which is a not-so-sweet soup base made with soy sauce and mirin that takes one whole day to make!

Example of Menu Items: Japanese Black Cattle Beef Sukiyaki Course (6,480 - 16,200 JPY (incl. tax)), etc.

2. Sukiyaki Imahan Honten, Shin Nakamise Dori Branch

Next up is another famous traditional restaurant that was built in 1895. Here, you may enjoy high-quality sukiyaki made with local beef at this relaxing Japanese-style restaurant. The moment it touches your tongue, you will surely love the tender feeling of the beef and its delicious sweetness!

Example of Menu Items: Specially Selected Beef Roast Sukiyaki for 1 Person (6,480 JPY (incl. tax)), etc.

2. Sukiyaki Imahan Honten, Shin Nakamise Dori Branch

3. Ishibashi

Ishibashi boasts a history of 140 years, and has received a Michelin star for 8 consecutive years. You may choose from two types of sukiyaki courses: the marbled meat or the loin. Ishibashi offers high-quality beef that has been specially chosen. The flavoring for the meat is made with a recipe that has been passed down for generations. At this restaurant, it is customary to put just a little bit of flavoring before grilling the meat.

Example of Menu Items: Sukiyaki Marbled Meat Course for 1 Person (10,000 JPY (excl. tax and service)), etc.

4. Mita Basara

Next up is a popular restaurant with a rather different theme! Their signature menu, the Tomato Sukiyaki (starts from 6,000 JPY (incl. tax) for 1 Person), has received a Michelin star for 3 consecutive years. The ingredients included in this dish are A4-ranked marbled Yamagata beef, tomatoes, and onions. This is flavored with some olive oil, garlic, and basil to create a simple yet profound flavor. The well-marbled beef and sweet, spicy base are combined with the freshness and acidity of the tomatoes. What is unique about this restaurant is that they offer pasta to accompany the sukiyaki, and not rice!

5. Yonekyu Honten

Last but not the least is a restaurant in Asakusa called Yonekyu Honten. The menu here is only comprised of sukiyaki or beef hot pot dishes that have been passed down through 4 generations. Here, you may enjoy your meal in quiet Japanese-style rooms. The meat used is Omi beef from Saga Prefecture, while the high-quality flavoring gives off a delicious scent. The beef here will melt in your mouth due to its tenderness.

Example of Menu Items: Beef Hot Pot (High-Grade Meat) for 1 Person (3,160 JPY (incl. tax)), etc.

People who are new to sukiyaki can rest assured, as all the restaurants here prepare their hot pots carefully and inform customers when the meat is ready to eat.

*Please note that the information in this article is from the time of writing or publication and may differ from the latest information.

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Writer: nakamura

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