[Tokyo] 4 Restaurants to Enjoy Kuroge Wagyu Steak and Teppanyaki – the Best Beef in the World!
Black beef wagyu is known as one of the highest quality varieties in the world. If you are visiting Japan, there is a high chance that you are looking to sink your teeth into the characteristic marbling of soft Japanese Black beef known as 'Shimofuri'. This article introduces you to four restaurants where you can do just that, either as steaks or on teppanyaki grills.
1. Bifteck no Kawamura, Tokyo Ginza Branch (Ginza)
This restaurant, that specializes in Kobe Beef*, combines a brickwork interior with the smooth jazz for a relaxed atmosphere befitting of its location in the Ginza district. It prides itself on the quality of its cuts, so its selects only the rarest and best meat available from what is available at the market for use in its kitchen. While there are seats available at counters, there are also private booths with teppanyaki grills, so you can enjoy the pleasant sight of chefs grilling the meat before your very eyes. Make sure to take in the beautiful aroma of the meat as it wets your appetite, along with the beautiful sizzling of the grill, before tucking in your fill of the delicious blend of melt-in-your-mouth fat with full-bodied meat. There are menus available in both English and simplified Chinese, as well as English and Chinese speakers on staff. The average cost of a dinner is 15,000 JPY, and 4,500 JPY for lunch.
※What is Kobe beef? Kobe beef refers to beef originating from the highest quality Black and Tajima breeds of cattle that has fulfilled the strictest criteria. It is a brand of meat that has gained popularity worldwide as the one of the finest cuts of beef available anywhere in the world.
2. Hama (Shinjuku)
Hama is located just 5 minutes from the East Exit of Shinjuku Station and is a teppanyaki restaurant, home to chefs who have honed their skills to the highest standards at famous restaurants. The Japanese wagyu beef on the menu here comes from various locations around the country, and only the best quality cuts of wagyu are selected for use in-store, all from the highest rank available, A5. Customers can enjoy the most premium of culinary experiences at Hama, with other items on the menus including luxury Japanese spiny lobsters, foie gras and abalone, all served up on a teppanyaki grill. A Chateaubriand steak costs 8,800 JPY (incl. tax) for 100 g. You also have the option of a nine course meal (from 7,500 JPY (excl. tax)) that allows you to sample a selection of delights, beginning with Black beef wagyu steak. Hama has both English and Simplified Chinese menus, as well as staff who can speak English, Chinese and Korean.
3. Himuka (Sangenjaya)
Himuka is located just 3 minutes' walk from Sangenjaya Station and offers up rank A4 Black wagyu beef steaks and the freshest in seafood, all cooked on a teppanyaki grill. A must eat at Himuka is the 'Black Beef Sirloin Steak' (1,800 JPY (excl. tax)), packed with flavor and cooked to a rare temper. The delicious high quality red meat is soft and smooth and is characterized by its texture. You will find yourself addicted to the mix of melt-in-your-mouth fat and the delicious taste of the meat itself. There is a wide selection of alcohol available also, from sake that beautifully compliments teppanyaki and wine that goes perfectly with meat. The restaurant looks like an old Japanese-style home so patrons can enjoy the comforting warmth of the wood as they unwind to their hearts content.
4. Grow, Roppongi Branch (Roppongi)
Grow has made waves on social networking sites as a small, unassuming, traditional restaurant in the lively Roppongi district. Cuts available include sirloin, fillets, red meat steaks and all of them are produced from aged A5 rank beef. No restrictions are placed on the area from which the meat is sourced, but only the finest, softest and most delicate meat is used, selected by professionals. The 'Grow Takumi Course' (6,000 JPY (excl. tax)) comes highly recommended and contains 8 different dishes with the main comprised of your choice of two of the following: Black beef wagyu steak, meat sushi or seafood. At Grow you can enjoy high quality meat and delicious wine, all at a reasonable price. They also have English menus available and English speakers on staff.
Did you find a restaurant that piques your interest? All of the restaurants introduced here are within walking distance of the station so you won't have trouble getting to them. All that is left is to pick the one that suits your budget and tastes.
*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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