GEMS Ichigaya 9F, 4-3 Rokubancho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, Japan
1st seating: 6pm
2nd seating: 8:30pm
Weekends & Holidays
1st seating: 5pm
2nd seating: 7:30pm
Price range: $$$$
Japan is not only the home of sushi and sashimi but also some of the best steaks in the world. The Wagyu, in particular, is deemed as the holy grail of steaks. Its marbling (prominence of fat) makes it the most coveted kind of meat because of its natural tenderness and juiciness. The pure flavoring comes with a high price though. In the US, restaurants serve Japanese A5 wagyu at an average of $140-$150 for 8oz; more expensive than getting a porterhouse for 3. It is worth the splurge nonetheless.
Wagyu may not be cheaper in Japan, but there are a few places, such as Sumibiyakiniku Nakahara, where you can find premium wagyu for a lower price. Some food market stalls may sell wagyu for $30 or less, though they will never be able to offer a wagyu omakase (course meal)
Sumibiyakiniku Nakahara is famous for its high-quality Japanese Black Wagyu dinner course that consists of the most flavorful parts of the beef–from tongue to stomach to intestines–seared to perfection. If you’re a ravenous meat eater like me, this meal will blow your mind. Every bite is just a dream you never want to wake up from. You can try to prolong it but the beef melts like butter in your mouth. Not to worry, you will be satisfied after the meal which is surprisingly heavy. You can choose to conclude it with 1/4 of a wagyu sandwich, in addition to its phenomenal pistachio ice cream, for an additional ¥4300 ($39).
This dining experience is one of the best I’ve ever had (plus points for making sure that my share was gluten-free!) and it’s totally the best meal I had in Tokyo. It is pricey but you get so much more than your money’s worth. The dinner course is about $180-$220 for more than 12oz of steak which is a deal if you put it in an American dining perspective.
Jun 7, 2019
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