Want to Eat Lamb? 5 Popular and Delicious Jingisukan Restaurants in Tokyo
When you hear yakiniku, you generally think of dishes using beef or pork, but another tasty option is jingisukan—a kind of yakiniku that uses lamb, or mutton. The article will introduce 5 restaurants in Tokyo where you can enjoy a great jingisukan.
What is Jingisukan?
Jingisukan is a kind of Japanese yakiniku made with lamb and mutton which is considered a local dish of Hokkaido. You can enjoy all varieties of sheep meat ranging from lamb—sheep under a year old—to mutton—sheep older than 2 years. Mutton and lamb are seen as healthier options as they contain less fat than beef or pork and in recent years have become popular diet foods. There is much debate as to where the name jingisukan comes from, but some believe its origins lie with Genghis Khan, the first leader of the Mongolian Empire from 1206 to 1227. One theory for this is that Genghis Khan may have once had the dish made for his soldiers. However, as there is no dish with this name in Mongolia, jingisukan is one hundred percent a Japanese creation. Unlike other meats, there seem to be fewer religious restrictions on the consumption of lamb, so jingisukan is becoming a popular option with people from all corners of the world.
1. Godai Otemachi
At Godai Otemachi Branch, you can enjoy fresh lamb delivered straight from Hokkaido, the home of jingisukan. With the 2 hour, all-you-can-eat Goku Course Menu (5, 000 JPY (incl. tax)), you can sample this exquisite yakiniku to your heart’s content. On top of this, they offer several rare cuts of meat that are hard to find anywhere else.
2. TATSU Ikebukurominamiguchiten
TATSU is a restaurant specializing in lamb-based dishes. The owner, who knows everything there is to know about lamb, serves up high-quality jingiskan that is surprisingly odorless and tender. The Enjoy Jingisukan and Lamb Shabu Shabu Together Course Ver. 1.0 (4,000 JPY (excl. tax)) is a course meal in which you can enjoy jingisukan with lamb leg and lamb offal as well as lamb shabu shabu (parboiled meat and vegetables).
3. Young Lion Shinjuku Branch
This restaurant offers all kinds of lamb dishes including their outstanding lamb chops which are juicy and filling. Offering 7 kinds of cus for the jingisukan—including lamb chops, lamb sausage and the exquisite lamb tongue with spring onion—the Lion Course (4,700 JPY (incl. tax)) will satisfy any jingisukan lover. Includes all-you-can-drink for 2 hours.
4. Yakiniku x Bar Maruushi Meat Z Nishi-Shimbashi Branch
Here you can eat top quality lamb imported from New Zealand—a country famed for its lamb production. The Nama Lamb Jingisukan Set Menu (3490 JPY (incl. tax)) lets you enjoy quality jingisukan with thick and tender odorless meat and includes unlimited drinks. With accompanying vegetables that are equally fresh and delicious, this is the place to come to experience the true taste of jingisukan.
5. RAMU CHAN Okachimachi Branch
At this restaurant, you can try lamb which has been salted and aged to reduce the particularly pungent smell and make it easier to eat. The Basic All-You-Can Eat Course (3480 JPY (excl. tax)) lets you enjoy your fill of this specialty roasted aged-lamb shoulder along with other options such as lamb shoulder marinated in sauce. Also, each table has a Highball Tower tap so you can help yourselves to this whiskey and soda cocktail. You can enjoy as much meat and whiskey as you like!
Do you like the sound of any of these restaurants? Please come and try some jingisukan when you’re in Tokyo.
*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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