Meat Lovers, Take Note: The 10 Best Meat-Centric Restaurants in Akihabara
Akihabara is one of Tokyo’s most famous places, attracting tourists from all over the world with its Electric Town, anime culture, and various oddities and curiosities. Since taking in all the sights and experiences makes you hungry, we have skimmed Akihabara for the very best meat-centric restaurants, serving delicacies from beef bowls to hamburgers at very reasonable prices! As Akihabara attracts a lot of tech-savvy people, a lot of the dishes in the area are also a feast for the eyes, sure to make for a great gourmet post on social media. Be it all you can eat or luxurious beef slices that you’re after, we are confident that our extensive list has just the right Akihabara meat restaurant for you!
1. New York Style Meat Dishes for Surprisingly Low Prices
The first spot on our list is a restaurant called Chelsea Market, specializing in New York style cuisine that’ll leave you wanting more. A special recommendation is the all-you-can-eat-and-drink course for two hours and 3,180 yen, only available on Mondays and Tuesdays. From the juicy Hamburg steak that is served with plenty of savory sauce, or the New York style hamburger, feel free to eat to your heart’s desire and indulge in delicious meat dishes! Being on the rare side, said meat is wonderfully firm to the bite and matches both cheese and sauce perfectly.
2. Akihabara’s Finest: Japanese Black Beef Cutlet
Next, we head over to Kyoto Katsugyu, a restaurant specializing in breaded beef cutlet that has become incredibly popular recently. We highly recommend the “Fried Wagyu Cutlet Zen” for 1,980 yen, served with a soft-boiled egg tempura, red miso soup, and barley rice. As the name suggests, the cutlet is made of thick slices of Japanese black beef, best enjoyed with typical condiments such as wasabi. Finish off this gourmet experience by trying the miso-infused curry sauce!
Yodobashi Akiba 8F, 1-1 Kanda Hanaokacho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo-to 101-0028
3. No Sauce Required – Beef Cutlet Deliciousness at Katsumune
The next restaurant recommendation is also known for its amazingly delicious beef cutlet: Katsumune. The “Black Beef Shoulder Roast Cutlet Gozen” is served rather rare, a mouthwatering red color indicates how savory and juicy the meat is going to taste. Its flavor is so deep and rich, you’ll find yourself not needing any sauce or other seasonings, and can just enjoy the beef as is. Nonetheless, go ahead and try a slice or two with some salt, or dip it in the soft-boiled egg that is served along the beef cutlet. On top of that, a grill plate can be found at each table, allowing you to grill the meat to whichever color you desire.
5-1-5 Sotokanda, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo-to 101-0021
4. Taste the Japanese Roast Beef Bowl that People Line-up For
Roast beef bowls have been incredibly popular all over Japan, but Roast Beef Ohno in Akihabara manages to draw in the crowds during lunch with its unique roast beef bowl on a daily base. The Wagyu Roast Beef Bowl Set is an absolute must-try, including not only the delicious main dish, but also a rich soup, miso cream cheese, and wasabi. You can even choose a larger portion of rice without having to pay more than the regular price for the set, surely to satisfy even big eaters. With its welcoming atmosphere and amazing offer, Roast Beef Ohne is a great place to start for everyone who has never tried Japanese roast beef bowl before!
Roast Beef Ohno
1-2-3 Sotokanda, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo-to 101-0021
5. Try Your Beef Bowl with a Hot Spring Egg
Another roast beef recommendation can be found at Steak & Wine Block, next to a whole other variety of steak dishes. The roast beef bowl comes in three different sizes of 100g, 150g, and 200g, offering an option for both people with a small appetite and people with a larger one. The beef is served in particularly thick slices, letting you enjoy an especially rich flavor. We recommend trying it with sweet sauce and so-called hot spring eggs, further enhancing the amazing taste of the meat. Make sure to give this one a try!
Steak & Wine Block
6. The Perfect Mix: Spicy Miso, Noodles, and Roast Beef
The next spot on our list is called Roast Beef Abura Soba Beefst and its signature dish is right in the restaurant’s name. Abura Soba are soupless ramen noodles seasoned with oil – and at this place, the noodles are covered in roast beef entirely! Called Karamiso Beefst, look forward to a bowl full of noodles and beef, seasoned with delicious miso paste for a special kick. For the perfect gourmet experience, make sure to mix everything well and thoroughly. The unique taste of the spicy miso and the fragrance of nuts fits both the thick noodles and the roast beef just perfectly.
Roast Beef Abura Soba Beefst
3-6-5 Sotokanda, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo-to 101-0021
7. A Unique Dish: Try Beef Tongue Cutlet!
One of the rarer meat treats to be savored in Akihabara is beef tongue cutlet. The restaurant who offers this limited set menu is called Datenari and the unique dish goes by the roughly translated name of “Original Dish! Super Soft Rare Beef Tongue Cutlet Set,” enjoying massive popularity. The thick slices of the semi-raw beef tongue have an extremely rich flavor and can be enjoyed all by themselves. The beef tongue is served with a flavorful barley rice which gets even more delicious when mixed with eggs and dashi. If you’re in the area and want to try something new and unique, make sure to stop by Datenari!
Doku Ganittoryu Tanya Datenari
8. Try Tonteki and the Juiciest Meat You’ve Ever Eaten!
Next stop: Tokyo Tonteki, a restaurant that, as the name suggests, focuses mainly on a dish called tonteki, marinated pork loin steak. The lean meat is grilled very briefly, thus the meat juice is preserved in the steak itself, making it incredibly juicy and tender. From the first bite on, we promise you’ll utterly fall in love with Tokyo Tonteki! The sauce is very savory as well and the juicy meat goes just perfect with fluffy rice.
9. Beef Fans, This is for You: Japanese Black Beef Hamburger Steaks
Let’s shift our focus to another meat delicacy that is loved by people all around Japan: hamburger steaks. And one of Akihabara’s best burger steaks can be enjoyed at Hamburg Strong, made from Japanese black beef. The patties are grilled on a teppan (iron plate) and are pleasantly rare on the inside, rich in flavor and wonderfully juicy. Whether you enjoy them without any additional seasoning or add some black pepper and salt, the deep taste is something you won’t be able to forget. Beef fans, this is a must-visit restaurant!
10. Beef Up Your Chahan: Fried Rice with Beef Slices
Last but not least, we stop by a restaurant called Gansen which offers a wonderful variety of meat dishes on its menu. One of them is Beef Tendon Chahan, a large portion of fried rice covered in a savory sauce with incredibly soft beef tendon. The generously spread sauce has a pleasantly sweet and salty flavor, complementing the taste of the fried rice just perfectly. Chahan is a staple food of many Japanese people and the Beef Tendon version is a great and creative way to enhance the classic dish!
3-10-10 Sotokanda, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo-to 101-0021