Meeting the meat
When it comes to meat, there’s quite a variety from steaks and churrasco Brazilian barbeque to sukiyaki to choose from in Tokyo. But of course, tender, succulent and mouthwatering meat such as wagyu or T-bone steak are some of the most popular treats among diners.
Here are five exceptional restaurants in and around central Tokyo offering savory meat dishes that will satisfy any customer’s palates.
BLT Steak Roppongi
Serving the finest aged cuts of beef
Back in 2014, when BLT Steak launched a branch in Roppongi’s Izumi Garden Tower, there was plenty of hype and big expectations for the Tokyo debut of a modern American steakhouse boasting a flagship in midtown Manhattan.
BLT Steak did not disappoint. Together with the Ginza branch on Namiki-dori Street, which followed seven months later, the culinary sensation has since catered to and satisfied meat lovers and gourmands with its sumptuous dishes and excellent service.
From dry-aged filet mignon (¥5,600) to the T-bone steak (¥15,000 for two), the restaurant is committed to using only the best USDA prime-grade beef, which is left to mature to bring out a succulent and concentrated aroma and flavor, before being roasted at extremely high heat, giving the meat a crunchy crust but leaving the inside juicy and tender.
BLT stands for “Bistro Laurent Tourondel.” Tourondel, the French chef and restaurateur who opened the steakhouse in 2004, is also a celebrated seafood artisan, allowing BLT Steak to offer amazing fish and seafood options. Every meal starts with the restaurant’s signature popover: a huge crowd-pleasing Yorkshire pudding that is wonderfully fluffy on the inside with a crunchy exterior of Gruyere cheese. The menu also boasts an array of fresh salads (lobster Cobb salad for ¥3,800), hearty sides (grilled asparagas for ¥1,400), desserts, as well as an extensive selection of wine, beer and cocktails.
Brasilica Grill Churrascaria
Succulent meats delivered tableside
Brasilica Grill Churrascaria is a newly opened Brazilian barbecue restaurant just two minutes from Akasaka-Mitsuke Station.
The restaurant serves all-you-can-eat churrasco, or charcoal-grilled meat, along with a buffet that offers traditional Brazilian favorites. Customers can enjoy various cuts of perfectly seasoned meat, including rump, ribs, cupim (topside), sausages and chicken.
Brasilica Grill ensures diners palate-pleasing tastes of succulent meat that will last until the next bite. Servers continually circle the restaurant, delivering freshly grilled meats tableside until diners are satisfied.
Along with churrasco, one can experience an excellent Brazilian buffet with more than 40 dishes, including fresh salads, fries and feijoada (bean, beef and pork stew). To complement the dishes, the restaurant offers exquisite full-bodied red wines, as well as ultra-premium wines given scores of more than 90/100 by U.S. wine critic Robert M. Parker, Jr.
The delicious churrasco is available for dinner or lunch. Dinner is available for ¥5,400 per adult and ¥2,200 for kids from age 6 to 12 (tax excluded). Lunch is priced at ¥3,500 per person, and for those who only want to try Brazilian sides, the buffet lunch is offered at ¥1,500 including free flow drinks (tax included).
Offering traditional Italian favorites
Located just three minutes from Ebisu station, Il Boccalone is a well-established Italian restaurant that has been providing authentic traditional Italian cuisine since 1989.
The staff greets diners entering the restaurant with warm greetings, while the Italian-themed decor transports them straight to Italy.
Il Boccalone’s dishes are renowned for plentiful portions and gusto della madre (taste of mother’s home cooking). Its nostalgic flavors attract people from all over the world and the restaurant is a favorite among Italians.
Il Boccalone was one of the first restaurants in Japan to offer T-bone steak trattoria-style after installing a brick oven. Since then, the T-bone has become one of the restaurant’s signature dishes. Succulent and juicy, the perfectly seasoned steak is a treat for the palate.
The menu at Il Boccalone features a variety of authentic Italian favorites such as parmigiano risotto that is served directly from a wheel of parmigiano cheese the restaurant imports every week from Italy, ricotta cheese pie and porcini mushrooms, carpaccio of beef tenderloin and several delicious pasta options. The wine menu boasts a large assortment from all over Italy, ranging from popular to “Super Toscana” wines. The average dinner runs from ¥8,000 to ¥10,000.
Intersect by Lexus — Tokyo
Top-quality beef in chic, trendy setting
Luxury automaker Lexus’ brand experience space “Intersect by Lexus” opened in 2013 in Tokyo’s Minami Aoyama to give people the Lexus “Amazing in Motion” experience without having to get behind the wheel.
In the middle of one of the most fashionable areas in Tokyo, the unique luxury space welcomes people with cutting-edge examples of design, art, fashion, culture, film, music and technology.
The second floor is home to the Bistro, which is famous for its high-quality cuisine. With a menu ranging from steak and fish dishes to pasta, dessert and a wide variety of drinks, the Bistro is sure to have something for everyone.
The centerpiece of the menu is an L-bone steak weighing in at over 800 grams, giving customers an unforgettable dining experience. The perfectly grilled meat is tender and juicy, thrilling the palate with every bite.
Perfectly flavored on its own, the meat is also delicious with horseradish, seasoning such as myoga Japanese ginger and fruit, or the restaurant’s original sauce that combines balsamic vinegar and citrus fruit.
Priced at ¥6,500 (tax included), the L-bone steak is perfect for sharing.
With its concept of always offering customers a new experience full of surprises and discoveries, the L-bone steak at Intersect by Lexus’s bistro is definitely one such surprise that won’t let guests down.
Premium Pound Kamiyacho
Tasting the finest cuts of dry-aged beef
For meat lovers who want to enjoy a delectable collaboration of dry-aged Kobe beef and French cuisine, Premium Pound Kamiyacho is definitely the place to go.
The chef pairs an extensive knowledge of French cooking and Kobe beef in a variety of delicious courses priced from ¥15,000 to ¥25,000, with dinner courses featuring six dishes where diners can choose different cuts of Kobe beef.
The lunch menu favorite of a charcoal-grilled hamburger steak made with Kobe beef or stewed wagyu (priced at an average of ¥2,500) is an attractive treat for diners craving a hearty lunch.
To produce its delicious meat dishes, the restaurant takes already succulent, beautifully marbled wagyu and enhances the depth of flavor by dry-aging the meat for over 45 days under strictly monitored conditions where the temperature and humidity around the beef are carefully controlled.
The owner, who first came across dry-aged beef in the U.S., wanted to offer dry-aged beef using wagyu in Japan, and perfected his dry-aging technique through trial and error.
The sweet aroma of dry-aged beef offered at the restaurant will leave diners with an unforgettable dining experience.