Updated: November 07, 2018
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Gyu Nabe Iron: Perfect Place For A First Date In Tokyo


For people looking for a good place for a first date, you should mark this one down. Without a doubt, Gyu Nabe Iron (hot pot cuisine) will impress your date!

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You'll be impressed from the moment you see the entryway

The restaurant is very centrally located at a 3-minute walk from Shirokanedai Station in Tokyo. The elegant, dimly lit entryway in the residential neighbourhood is quite impactful to start with!
The restaurant looks like a secret place of sorts. There is no clear sign that it is a business from the outside appearance. To enter, you must press a button to speak to someone on an intercom that will let you in.

Retro, classy atmosphere

The inside of the restaurant is even more impressive. It is a traditional Japanese house of 80 years that was renovated in a way that retains its old classy charm, ideal for a romantic dinner.

The first floor is a lounge and the second floor has semi-private and private rooms.

The perfect course

There is simply one course that you can have. It's called the Gyu Nabe course and is ¥5,000. Nabe, or hot pot, is the ideal meal to share with that special someone. It's a popular thing to have in Japan on a date.

・The daily appetizer
・Marbled Japanese wagyu beef with vegetables hot pot
・Homemade udon

White miso nabe

This is the main item of the course. You dip the thin slices of beef one by one in the white miso broth that comes with it. The cuts are subject to change but when I went, the beautifully marbled beef was from Kagoshima.
The white miso used for this nabe is made in Kyoto, a specialty of that region. There are plenty of vegetables in it, including some fresh ginger that adds a nice taste and scent.

The longer you boil the nabe, the more umami from the meat and vegetables goes into it and the more delicious it becomes. The sweetness of the miso goes so well with everything in it too.
Simmer the beef for a short time and it becomes incredibly tender. The ingredients blend together to create an irresistible harmony of tastes.

For sure, you'll impress anyone on a first date if you bring them there.

Udon like you've never seen before

The udon noodles served here are comparable to mochi rice cakes that you would usually find as an ingredient for a nabe. They are incredibly thick. They are served at the end of the meal when the soup is at its strongest. Simmer them in the nabe until they are soft and packed with that savoury umami that came from all the other ingredients. Eating noodles at the end of a nabe dish is the classic Japanese way to end that meal.

Lastly... Enjoy the beautiful lounge too!

Once you finished the meal, you can enjoy the lounge. No need to bother finding a bar that is somewhere else. That lounge space is just perfect.

Gyu Nabe Iron caters to couples but it is definitely a great place to spend some quality time with anyone really. Give it a try if you are in the Shirokanedai area.
Japanese food culture enthusiast. Love to explore new areas and discover local specialties.

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