Shinjuku Unatetsu (新宿うな鐵)
Shinjuku Unatetsu is an unagi (eel) specialized restaurant in the centre of the Kabukichou district in Shinjuku, Tokyo. In a traditional, yet laid-back atmosphere you can enjoy classic dishes such as "unaju" (eel served over rice) and unique eel skewers grilled over the fire.
The particularity of Unatetsu is that you can enjoy your eel on skewers, cooked yakitori style. Skewered, they serve the unagi in seven different styles that include different parts of the eel and either a salt seasoning or a tare sauce (soy based) seasoning. They have so many choices of Japanese sakes as well. The atmosphere is really nice too. There are some counter seats and some tatami tables. This is the perfect place to spend an evening in Shinjuku in good company.
This restaurant's claim to fame is their eel skewers, and there are plenty of different eel parts and sauces to try. The one pictured above is the eel belly which is grilled with the skin. The skewer is grilled to perfection, it is crunchy on the outside, but the flesh is incredibly tender. The "tare" sauce complements the fish so well!
These skewers were bite-sized pieces of eel, eel liver and eel liver wrapped in garlic chives (left to right).
You can also try the famous skewers with a salty sauce, which highlights the fish in a completely different way. You should definitely try both.
In Japan, "tamagoyaki" is a simple dish, yet incredibly tasty. It's simply a layered omelette but has a nice umami. This restaurant takes it up a notch with eel cooked in the centre.
This dish was a lovely discovery. It was "gobo" (burdock root) wrapped in eel. The eel was crispy, and the gobo had just the right consistency. The sauce really gives the dish a deep umami.
Last, but not least, the very famous "unaju"! Three pieces of eel on a bed of rice, with a nice "tare" sauce. It is tender, yet crispy on the outside, and is deliciously addictive!
For a traditional Japanese experience and delicious food, you should definitely stop by this restaurant for delectable eel cuisine!