Wagyu, a type of beef that's tender and melts in your mouth, is famous worldwide. Here are some restaurants where you can enjoy all-you-can-eat Wagyu in Tokyo.
“Wagyu” is the name of a native species of cattle that has been uniquely cross-bred and raised. It refers collectively to 4 different breeds: Kuroge Washu (Japanese Black), Akage Washu (Japanese Brown), Mukaku Washu (Japanese Polled), and Nihon Tankaku Washu (Japanese Shorthorn), as well as cross-breeds of these. Compared to imported beef, Japanese beef has a finely-marbled fat content and tender texture. Its deliciousness has a high reputation around the world.
Every September, the Tokyo Wagyu Show is held at Tokyo’s Hibiya Park. This is the largest wagyu festival in Japan, where you can enjoy spectacular wagyu beef dishes from around Japan and menus designed specifically for this event only.
2020 Dates: unconfirmed (2019 dates were September 11 (Wed) - 16 (Mon/national holiday))
1. Miyamoto Bokujo Meguro Branch
This is a popular restaurant offering all-you-can-eat meat made from top quality Nagasaki Kuroge Wagyu, which are raised peacefully on the vast farms of Nagasaki Prefecture, thought to be the place of origin of Wagyu cattle. Nagasaki Kuroge Wagyu has an exquisite balance of intense umami from the meat and mellow flavor from the fat marbling. The umami flavor of the fat that is so tender it melts in your mouth is addictive. Start the a la carte buffet with the “oniku no tamatebako (treasure chest of meat)”, a selection of meats that the restaurant prides themselves in such as pork, in addition to the famous Kuroge Wagyu. Aside from meat, the menu also includes vegetables, sides, and desserts, so there’s something for everyone to enjoy.
A-La-Carte Buffet: starts at 3,000 JPY (incl. tax) for 90 minutes
*Women get a 500-yen discount
There are so many people wanting to try A5 Kuroge Wagyu because they've heard how delicious it is. So, Aburiya Musashi makes this a reality with surprising cost-performance, by obtaining choice Kuroge Wagyu through a unique route of sourcing that doesn’t fuss over the farming region. The “All-You-Can-Eat Finest Quality Wagyu”, their signature dish, includes choices from 34 different menu items such as rare cuts, offal, and seared wagyu sushi.
All-You-Can-Eat: starts at 6,200 JPY (excl. tax) for 90 minutes
3. Niku no Machi Ueno
Niku no Machi Ueno is a yakiniku (Japanese BBQ) restaurant run directly by a meat wholesaler, located a convenient 1-minute walk from Ueno Station. Here you can enjoy high quality beef at a low cost because the person in charge of purchasing tries Kuroge Wagyu from all over the country, and when they find the most delicious one, they buy the whole cow. For a truly satisfying all-you-can-eat menu, we recommend the unmistakably Instagrammable “Kuroge Wagyu Yakiniku All-You-Can-Eat with Meat Tower” (reservation necessary). After sightseeing in Ueno, come enjoy this all-you-can-eat that’s a rank above the rest.
All-You-Can-Eat: starts at 5,000 JPY (incl. tax) for 90 minutes
*Includes all-you-can-drink soft drinks
4. Tokori Shinjuku NOWA Bldg. Branch
This is a restaurant with great access from Shinjuku Station, just a 1-minute walk from the South East Exit. At this restaurant you can enjoy all-you-can-eat tender Yamagata beef (known for its delicate meat, one of the most outstanding examples of Kuroge Wagyu) from top quality 30-month old heifers that have not yet borne any calves. The all-you-can-eat option featuring the restaurant’s prize Yamagata beef includes more than just yakiniku. There are 43 items on the menu, including bibimbap (a Korean rice dish) and buchimgae (Korean pancake), and desserts. After eating the starter set which includes a selection of Yamagata beef ribs and sirloin, Berkshire pork ribs etc., you can start making additional orders, so be sure to go when you’re really hungry.
All-You-Can-Eat: starts at 7,150 JPY (incl. tax) for 120 minutes
This is a restaurant where you can enjoy both char-grilled yakiniku wagyu and authentic Vietnamese cuisine, located just a 2-minute walk from the East Exit of Ikebukuro Station. The Kuroge Wagyu beef used in the dishes on the menu here are exceptionally fresh A4 & A5 rank. The suggested all-you-can-eat yakiniku course here is the Wagyu beef ribs and sirloin course. This course is a bargain. The menu features 24 different dishes including aged skirt steak. The char-grilled meat is so delicious you’ll get addicted.
All-You-Can-Eat: starts at 3,980 JPY (excl. tax) for 100 minutes
We hope you enjoy all-you-can-eat Japanese Wagyu beef that’s praised internationally.
*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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