Jan 28, 2014

Best restaurants you can eat dry-aged meat in Tokyo

Look! This is the best steak I've ever had! Yes, it was dry-aged meat! I had never had a chance to eat the dry-aged beef, but finally I had it at  Wakanui Grill Dining Tokyo.

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 Tokyo

Address:  2-23-14 Hibashi Azabu, Minato-ku Tokyo (it is in the basement. Don't miss the entrance)
telephone: 03-3568-3466
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  
telephone: 03-3793-9090
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 Grill

Located in Roppongi, Tokyo's famous night life district, and open till 3 a.m.!  
Address:  4-11-13 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo
telephone: 03-3478-0222
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) 


Address: 7-11-4 Minami Aoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Telephone: 050-5869-8768
Open daily, 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m., 5 p.m.-1 a.m.
Nearest station: Hiroo


Address: 16-2 Daikanyama-cho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Telephone: 050-5872-2567
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
Telephone: 03-5363-5201
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
Telephone: 03-3568-1129
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

1 comment:

  1. こんにちは、ゆうこさん!


    That steak is so thick, yet they were able to cook it perfectly~ I recently tried some very rare steak & I can definitely say it was the best ever. Thanks for showing nice pictures of your high-quality steak~ ^w^

    I hope that one day I can afford to visit a high-end steak restaurant~ There seems to be so many in Tokyo! :D I don't think Brisbane has that many. ^^;