Five Select Restaurants in Sendai to Have the Must Eat Specialty Gourmet Food, Beef Tongue
Beef tongue is a specialty gourmet item that you must try if you are in Sendai. At the beef tongue restaurants in Sendai, you can enjoy grilled beef tongue and a variety of other beef tongue dishes. Here are five recommended restaurants from among the many in Sendai!
1. Dateno Gyutan Honpo Main Store
Dateno Gyutan Honpo Main Store is located 7 minutes on foot from Sendai Station. It is a welcoming restaurant with a bright and modern atmosphere.
The recommended menu item is the Gokuatsu Shintan Teishoku (limited availability 2,150 JPY (incl. tax)), a set with just the softest part of beef tongue. You can enjoy the springiness and texture that is unique to beef tongue, and the juicy umami flavors. The Gyutan Kamameshi Jitate (1,440 JPY (incl. tax)) is also recommended. This is a set of a kamameshi-style rice pot with the umami flavors of beef tongue cooked in, miso-flavored grilled beef tongue, and tail soup. It is great with the soup poured over the rice!
Foreign language menus: English, Chinese (traditional and simplified), Korean
2. Kisuke Ekimae Branch
This restaurant is just one minute on foot from Sendai Station on the subway. It is a famous restaurant that was established more than 40 years ago, convenient to go to before or after seeing the sights.
Its specialty menu item is the Charcoal Grilled Beef Tongue (1,188 JPY/person (incl. tax)) made with beef tongue that has been aged to bring out the umami flavors. There are reasonably priced sets (1,474 JPY (incl. tax) and up) at lunchtime. The restaurant also serves a wide variety of other beef tongue dishes. The Tongue Tofu (270 JPY (incl. tax)), which is tofu covered in a sauce of ground crunchy beef tongue tips, has been the restaurant's secret taste since the time of its establishment. There is also a selection of sake from Miyagi, as well as special Tohoku regional delicacies.
3. Aobatei S-PAL Sendai Branch
Aobatei S-PAL Sendai Branch is in a fabulous location in the Sendai Station building.
Its specialty is the Grilled Beef Tongue (1,720 JPY (incl. tax) for a set) with yuzu kosho (a seasoning made with chili peppers and yuzu citrus) flavors. The refreshing aroma of yuzu and the spiciness go perfectly with the beef tongue umami flavors. The Aobatei Select Menu (1,620 JPY (incl. tax)), which comes as a set meal within which you can select between grilled beef tongue, stew, and curry, is also popular.
4. Rikyuu East Exit Main Branch
Rikyuu is a beef tongue restaurant chain with more than 50 locations around the country. It is a popular restaurant, but the main restaurant and annex are nearby so it is easy to get into. The East Exit Branch to the east of Sendai Station is recommended as it is relatively less crowded.
The main item served at lunchtime is a set menu of soft charcoal grilled beef tongue offered with oxtail soup and barley rice. The "Goku" set (2,160 JPY (excl. tax) and up) is particularly recommended as it includes thicker and juicier grilled beef tongue. In the evenings, you can enjoy seasonal a la carte dishes in addition to the beef tongue dishes together with local sake from the Tohoku region.
5. Higashiyama Sendai Main Store
Higashiyama Sendai is a beef tongue restaurant just 1 minute on foot from Sendai Station. This is a restaurant where you can enjoy charcoal grilled beef tongue and steaks of the highest grade Sendai beef.
In addition to the Beef Tongue Teishoku Set (1,922 JPY (incl. tax)), through which you can have your fill of beef tongue, there is also a set menu through which you can have both beef tongue and Sendai beef. The restaurant's specialty dish, Boiled Beef Tongue (950 JPY (incl. tax)), which is soft enough to cut with chopsticks, is also a must try. It is an outstanding dish made by cooking the beef tongue in a special soup for eight hours and served with negi scallions and wasabi.
There are many beef tongue restaurants in Sendai, so please refer to this article if you have difficulty choosing one.
*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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