8 Of The Best Unagi (Eel) Restaurants In Tokyo
Unagi, or soft water eel, is a Japanese delicacy that you must try when you're in Japan. Tenderized and grilled with a soy-based sauce, it is truly delectable. Here are seven restaurants in Tokyo that serve some of the most outstanding unagi dishes. Enjoy!
Nodaiwa 野田岩 (Near Akabanebashi Station)
The unagi here is spectacularly fluffy and delicious, prepared the same way for centuries and brushed with a simple sauce that is as classic as it gets. If you're searching for a place to enjoy traditional unagi, look no further than Nodaiwa.
Obana 尾花 (Minami Senju, Near Ueno)
Unaju, which is a grilled eel with tare sauce on a bed of rice, is the signature dish of the restaurant so you should probably try this one if it's your first visit. You have a choice of two sizes which are ¥4,300 and ¥5,300. It may seem a bit pricey but it's very reasonable for eel.
Definitely try this place out! It's a restaurant of long-standing and you'll love the food as much as you'll love the quaint atmosphere.
Unatetsu うな鐵 (Shinjuku)
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.
Kawachiya 川千家 (Shibamata, Eastern Tokyo)
As for the food, the eel at Kawachiya is top of its class, as you'd expect from a restaurant with a history of 250 years! Expect to pay around ¥3,000 to ¥4,000 for the unaju (grilled eel on rice) set.
The restaurant is really spacious and peaceful. In the back, there are large windows from which you can see a Japanese-style interior courtyard.
Tsukijimiyagawa Honten つきじ宮川本廛 伊勢丹新宿店 (Shinjuku)
Akasaka Fukinuki 赤坂ふきぬき (Akasaka)
The unagi is served in set meals that are about ¥2,500 for lunch and a little more for dinner. You can also try the "hitsumabushi" style, which is a way to eat it in 4 parts that is popular in the Nagoya region. First, you eat it as is, then you add some seasoning such as leek or nori, finally, you add some savoury soup to make it into a porridge.
Edogawa Ishibashi 石ばし (Edogawabashi)
The restaurant itself is in a beautiful building with traditional Japanese scenery and includes private dining rooms for parties who reserve one of the course meals. The atmosphere, service, and food combine to give guests an unforgettable meal in the center of Tokyo.
Bonus: Unagi for ¥500! Unatoto 宇奈とと (Ueno)
Unatoto has a total of 11 locations across Tokyo, any of which offer the incredibly priced unagi don. Check it out if you're trying to save a little money but still want some authentic unagi!
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