The photo above is the 500 grams of rib eye steak (5,600 yen) my husband and I shared. Actually, the waitress who came to our table recommended having 1kg of rib steak to us, saying, "If you want to have aged meat, trust me, the bigger the tastier. I always recommend 1 kg to a group of two or three people. Don't worry, it may look pretty big, but many people eat it up with no problem."
Are you serious? After great consideration, we ordered 500 grams of rib and 250 grams of grass-fed Heifer fillet (3,200 yen, photo below). At this restaurant, the meats are all from New Zealand.
A waiter cut the thick steak in two for us. Look at the beautiful rosy color! It is over 5 centimeters thick.
Both the rib and the fillet were delicious, but 750 grams of meat was too much for two midagers. I asked for a doggy bag (they nicely wrapped my leftover meat), and next day I made sandwiches with the thin-sliced aged meat, which was unbelievably tasty!!
Dry-aged meat is not cheap, but worth the price. If you feel like eating a thick tender steak full of flavor on special occasions, don't hesitate, choose dry-aged meat!
Unfortunately, unlike in the U.S. and Australia, dry-aged beef is not yet too common in Japan, as this meat-aging technique is relatively new here. So don't expect to be able to eat dry-aged meat anywhere in Tokyo.
Restaurants you can eat dry-aged meat
Wanukai Grill Dining TokyoAddress: 2-23-14 Hibashi Azabu, Minato-ku Tokyo (it is in the basement. Don't miss the entrance)
Open daily, 11:30a.m.-3 p.m. for lunch, 6-11p.m. for dinner.
Nearest station: subway Azabu-Juban station (close to Roppongi)
For more information, check their website here (English).
La Boucherie du Buppa
They offer not only beef but a great variety of wild meats, such as ducks, turtledove, dear, wild boars and even bears!!!!
Address: 1-1-1 Yutenji, Meguro-ku, Tokyo
Open 6 p.m.-2 a.m. (Tue.-Sat.), 6 p.m.-12 a.m. (Sun), Closed Mon.
Nearest station: Nakameguro on Tokyu Toyoko Line and subway Hibiya Line
website: http://dubuppa.com/ (Japanese only)
LB6 Wine Bar ad GrillLocated in Roppongi, Tokyo's famous night life district, and open till 3 a.m.!
Address: 4-11-13 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Open daily, 5 p.m.-3 a.m.
Nearest station: Roppongi
website: http://www.lb6.jp/ (all in Japanese but you can see the atmosphere)
LB7Address: 7-11-4 Minami Aoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Open daily, 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m., 5 p.m.-1 a.m.
Nearest station: Hiroo
LB8Address: 16-2 Daikanyama-cho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Open daily, 11:30 a.m.-3:30 a.m.
Nearest station: Daikanyama
Bistro 熟肉 Nareniku
If you are looking for a dry-aged beef restaurant in Shinjuku area...
Address: 7th floor of Shinjuku Youth Bldg., 4-1-9 Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
Open daily, 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m., 5-11:30 p.m. (Mon.-Sat.), 5-10:30 p.m. (Sun. & holidays)
Nearest station: Shinjuku
Specialita di Carne Chicciano
Fancy Italian. The price is also fancy.
Address: B1 fl. Akasaka Nakamura Bldg. 3-13-13 Akasaka Minato-ku, Tokyo
Open 11:30 a.m.- 2:30 p.m. (Mon.-Fri), 6-11 p.m. (Mon. -Sat. & holidays), closed Sun.
Nearest Station: Akasaka on the subway Chiyoda Line
website: http://www.m-onecafe.jp/chicciano/index.html (Japanese only)
From here I'll write in Japanese.
初めて はじめて for the first time
熟成肉 じゅくせいにく (dry) aged meat
場所 ばしょ place
麻布十番 あざぶじゅうばん name of the area in Tokyo
勧める すすめる to recommend
注文する ちゅうもんする to order
お腹 おなか stomach
残り のこり leftovers
持ち帰る もちかえる to take something home
翌日 よくじつ next day
本当に ほんとうに really
紹介する しょうかいする to introduce
数年 すうねん several years
限られる かぎられる to be limited
値段 ねだん price
試す ためす to try
価値 かち worth
機会 きかい chance