Yakiniku is the term the Japanese use for grilling meat. In the west, they call it barbecue but in Japan, they prefer to call it yakiniku. The word yakiniku was first used during the Showa period. Yakiniku originally came from Korea and arranged into Japanese style. Now, various yakiniku restaurants had taken their root all over Japan and some of the best are found in Tokyo.
If you go to a Yakiniku restaurant, you’re bound to have a feast of meat, meat, and more MEAT! Originally, the meat is delivered to the guests raw and the guests will be the one to cook it. When you visit traditional yakiniku restaurants, they still use charcoal to grill their meat dishes. The sweet and appetizing smell of the meat as it gets cooked will enhance your appetite and at times, you won’t be able to stop yourself from indulging your cravings.
Here are the 10 best yakiniku restaurants in Tokyo with amazing taste!
1. Yakiniku Ushigoro Ginza (うしごろ)
Yakiniku Ushigoro at Ginza is one of the best places to enjoy Yakiniku in Tokyo. They only serve the highest A-5 quality wagyu beef at this restaurant. At first, you won’t notice it, but before long you’ll find yourself munching meat after meat after meat until everything is gone. Going here with family and friends to feast on yakiniku will definitely be a delicious experience.
Address: 1-6-6 Ginza Chuo Tokyo
2. Namaiki (生粋)
Namaiki is a very popular Yakiniku restaurant and if you plan to go there for lunch or dinner, you definitely won’t be disappointed. The restaurant looks classy and a good place to for a “yakiniku date”. The meat slices are reasonably sized which makes you want to cook them “ASAP” and indulge in their meaty and juicy taste. Make sure to make a reservation as early as possible!
Address: 6-14-7 Sotokanda Chiyoda Tokyo
3. Hormone Zaichi (月島 在市)
Hormone Zaichi is a popular yakiniku restaurant that is just a few minutes walk from the station. The store is clean and has its own unique charm that won’t lose to any stylish restaurant. They serve Hida beef and other unique meat dishes. The meat is thinly sliced and has a satisfying salty taste. The signature dish on their menu is the “Gochamaze Yaki”. Gochomaze Yaki grills special mix of homemade Yakiniku sauce and different parts of meat including innards. A great place if you’re craving for yakiniku!
Address: 2-14-8 Tsukishima Chuo Tokyo
4. Yakiniku Jambo (焼肉 ジャンボ 本郷店)
Yakiniku Jambo is a well sought out yakiniku restaurant by locals and tourists alike. So if you want to go there to dine, it would be best to get a reservation. Why is the store popular? Their meat dishes are truly exceptional. This is one of those “you have to taste it to believe it” restaurants which gain their popularity through word of mouth. Be the judge yourself and head to Yakiniku Jambo!
Address: 3-38-1 Hongo Bunkyo Tokyo
Website: http://yakiniku-jambo.com/hongou.html (Japanese Only)
5. Niku No Suzuki (肉のすずき)
Niku no Suzuki is not your typical yakiniku restaurant. It is a restaurant that is directly run by a meat shop. Aside from yakiniku, they also have various meat sashimi and the servings are quite thick (like steaks). Most of the time you’ll find yourself waiting in line. The reason? Because they taste great and not mention reasonably priced as well!
Address: 4-11-8 Asakusa Taito Tokyo
6. Yoroniku (よろにく)
Because of Yoroniku’s popularity, getting a reservation is not as easy as it seems. At most, you need to reserve a month in advance just to be safe. It’s one of those places that could make your wallet cry. However, it’s worth it. There are times when you need to indulge yourself in something a bit classy and Yoroniku fits that title perfectly.
Address: 6-6-22 Minamiaoyama Minato Tokyo
7. Yakiniku Onuki (焼肉 大貫)
Yakiniku Onuki is the best place to go if you want to eat yakiniku in Shinjuku. They only have four courses and no a la carte menu, but the meat portions are big. One of their most recommended dishes is their thick beef tongue, and that is included in all courses. The staff will grill them for you, so you get to enjoy it at its finest. The crispy and juicy taste is something that you’ll never forget and would easily become one of your favorites.
Address: 2-18-1 Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
8. Kinraku (金楽 浅草店)
Kinraku makes you feel that you had traveled back in time because the place excludes an old style Japanese restaurant. Thick, tender and meaty meat dishes is what you’ll see when you go here to have lunch or dinner. They use charcoal to grill the meat which adds to that “old style” barbecue atmosphere. The meat is delicious and if you come early, you’ll be able to find a good place to sit.
Address: 1-15-4 Asakusa Taito Tokyo
9. Ushiwaka (炭火焼肉 牛和鹿)
Ushiwaka is just a 1-minute walk from Monzen Nakacho Station. It’s like a hidden gem for people who like to eat delicious things for a lower price. That is also the reason why this store is quite popular with the locals. A great place to enjoy yakiniku without compensating the quality of the meat dishes.
Address: 2-9-5 Monzennakacho Koto Tokyo
Website: http://www.yakinikuya.jp (Japanese Only)
10. Wana (焼ジビエ 罠 神田)
Wana is a bit different to the typical yakiniku shops in Tokyo. The difference? They serve “wild meat”. When I say wild meat I mean they have boar, deer, duck, pheasants and other rare meat that you won’t regularly find in the city (bear meat? No comment!). It’s a place that has surprises in store for people who bump into its doors. Why not muster a bit of courage and take a bite of what they have to offer?
Address: 2-10-10 Uchikanda Chiyoda Tokyo
All information in this article is as of August 2017
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