Recommendations from a Burger Fanatic – 5 of the Tastiest Wagyu Burgers in Tokyo
Nothing says fast food like a hamburger. Currently, in Tokyo, there are new gourmet burger joints springing up all over the place, with fastidious attention paid to the look and taste of their product, offering a more unique and different experience when compared to the big chains. In this article, this burger loving writer will introduce to you to their pick of the tastiest burgers made with Japanese beef.
1. HENRY'S BURGER (Daikanyama)
HENRY'S BURGER is located in the trendy Daikanyama district.
The special characteristic of these burgers is their extraordinary meaty texture. The chefs, who hold meat as their specialty, use high-quality A5 ranked Kuroge Wagyu, carefully and finely mincing it before forming the meat into a patty comprised 100% of Japanese beef. The burgers are grilled to order and, leveraging a unique grilling process, excess fat is reduced while compounding the special taste and aroma of the meat.
The slightly sweet and crunchy buns are garnished with just the minimum amount of toppings and accented with a special sauce. The second you take a bite of the burger, its gorgeous meaty juices will fill your mouth.
You will have to tip your hat to the perfect balance found in every last bite of this complete package. It is quite simply, without question, delicious.
2. CHELSEA MARKET (Akihabara)
CHELSEA MARKET is located adjacent to Akihabara Station, and its red brick interiors create the feel of an American diner. The hamburgers in this famous diner that evoke the feel of New York have a well-established popularity that the owners are proud of.
Amongst the wide range of options on the menu, this writer recommends the not-to-be-missed Kuroge Wagyu Menchi Katsu Burger (1,380 JPY (incl. tax)). Menchi katsu refers to a fried patty of minced meat, and their freshly fried menchi katsu, infused with the unique taste of Japanese beef, have a crispy exterior and a hot and juicy center.
The shredded cabbage, special tonkatsu sauce, and attention-grabbing mustard create a stunning harmony in your mouth.
※The Kuroge Wagyu Menchi Katsu Burger is only available at lunch time.
3. BLACOWS (Ebisu)
Next is BLACOWS, specialists in 100% Kuroge Wagyu burgers.
Firstly, it needs to be said that meat lovers should order extra patties as toppings. This writer's pick is the Bacon Cheese Burger (1,900 JPY (excl. tax)) which you can make a decadent double burger with the addition of an extra patty for 1,000 JPY (excl. tax).
BLACOWS only stocks the finest in Kuroge Wagyu beef - curated by the most reputable, long-established wholesalers in the business - meaning that these burgers are packed full of umami. You will feel the heft of the burger in your hand and with each bite, as the meaty juices spread through your mouth, you will wonder if it is not a terrible waste to swallow it.
4. BURGERS CAFE GRILL FUKUYOSHI JIMBOCHO (Jimbocho)
BURGERS CAFE GRILL FUKUYOSHI JIMBOCHO is a burger restaurant with a more adult feel that's located just 3 minutes away from Jimbocho Station on foot.
The 100% beef patty of the Kuroge Wagyu Torokeru Burger (1,000 JPY (excl. tax)) - a staple of the menu - blends the specially curated Kuroge Wagyu beef with Wagyu beef. You are sure to enjoy the feeling of the thick meat patty melting in your mouth, proving the hamburger to be worthy of its name. It also goes perfectly with the accompanying domestically sourced fresh vegetables.
5. Calms (Oimachi)
Calms is the main restaurant at Sporu Shinagawa Oimachi, a sports entertainment facility that opened in the summer of 2018.
For those who like menchi katsu, you simply must try the Fried Beef Burger (1,380 JPY (excl. tax)), which features a freshly fried menchi katsu made of 100% Japanese beef that's been infused with a special sauce. You should also try dipping the accompanying fries in the sauce.
All of these popular eateries always have long lines outside, but it is worth the wait. Make sure to experience these delicacies, even just once!
*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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