Updated: November 07, 2018
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Wagyu Mafia: Wagyu Cutlet Sandwiches In Nakameguro, Tokyo

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Care to try a ¥20,000 Kobe beef sandwich? If so, Wagyu Mafia's got you covered! It is the only place that I know of that serves this kind of crazy expensive high-end wagyu beef cutlet sandwiches in Tokyo.

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Wagyu Mafia

Wagyu Mafia is a restaurant specializing in sandwiches made with high-grade Japanese beef. It is located at a 2-minute walk from the Naka Meguro Station.

Japanese Style Deep Fried Beef Cutlets In A High Grade Sandwich

The kind of sandwich they serve is quite a novelty. You may have heard of tonkatsu sandwich, which much more common. Tonkatsu are deep fried pork cutlets. They are often eaten as is, with rice and a cabbage salad, but having them in a sandwich is pretty common too. You can get yourself a tonkatsu sandwich at virtually any convenience store in Japan.

Gyukatsu are deep-fried beef cutlets. They are much less common than tonkatsu. Having gyukatsu in a sandwich is unheard of for most Japanese, especially when the beef used is high grade wagyu beef such as the one used for the most part at Wagyu Mafia.
They even serve it with Kobe beef! The Kobe Shabu sandwich is a whopping ¥20,000. At that price, you can dine at one of the countries most renowned sushi restaurants.
You can see that the beef is cooked pretty rare, with the fat streaks that characterize the wagyu beef. This is the marbling connoisseur seek. Apparently, it is better to not cook too much wagyu because that way it retains its fat content and the maximum amount of umami.
Not every sandwich served at Wagyu Mafia is crazy expensive. There is a minced beef one at a reasonable ¥1,000. And there two other options that are not too expensive relatively speaking: the Shinkibo (¥2,000) and the Shinshin (¥3,000).

The next four items are really expensive, going from ¥5,000 and increasing in price by ¥5,000 per sandwich up to the Kobe Beef Shabu Sandwich at ¥20,000.

There are menus in English explaining what cut is served in every sandwich and the characteristics of each cut.
A popular side dish to get with the sandwich is the Alba Truffle Fries at ¥750. Truffles used to make this dish are imported directly from Italy.

Lastly...

Wagyu Mafia has really drawn a lot of attention for its super high-end sandwiches. It was featured in a couple of news media outlets from overseas. The picture above is from the popular Worth It series by Buzzfeed.

Give it a try. You can always have the ¥1,000 option which is apparently quite good. The joint is pretty laid back too.
tabikamome
Japanese food culture enthusiast. Love to explore new areas and discover local specialties.

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