Updated: January 25, 2019
0 Bookmark

Unagi Akasaka Sekine - Michelin-Starred Eel Restaurant In Tokyo


Sekine is arguably one of the best high-end restaurants in Japan to have one of the country's most iconic delicacy, unagi (soft water eel). The restaurant was even awarded a Michelin star for its outstanding cuisine.

Feel free to follow favy!

Sekine: A Michelin-Starred Unagi Restaurant

Sekine is the pinnacle of unagi (eel) cuisine and they have the Michelin star to prove it. With only 10 places (one table and a few counter seats) at this extremely sought-after restaurant, making a reservation is a must. Expect to pay around ¥15,000 and over for one of their unagi courses.

Sekine is located about a 5-minute walk from the Akasaka Station or the Roppongi Station.

Unagi at its best

Sekine's unagi is grilled to perfection so that the outer part is nice and crisp while the inner part stays tender, juicy and packed with umami. As for the tare coating, it's a bit spicier than most grilled unagi, with a balance of sweetness and saltiness that's spot on. Many unagi aficionados claim it's the best unagi they've ever had. The unagi at Sekine, unlike most other places, is carefully matured for up to three days before being cooked, which gives it its outstanding taste and texture.
You have the choice of having the eel as an unagi don (large piece over a bed of rice) or as a hitsumabushi, with the unagi that is cut into bite-sized pieces over rice. The hitsumabushi also comes with a broth and different spices so that you can change the taste of your meal while you eat. This is the traditional way to eat unagi in Nagoya.
Another variation that you can have at Sekine is shiroyaki (literally "white grilled") which means that the unagi is grilled without a tare sauce. Some people love this style because the full natural flavour of the eel takes the lead role. Shiroyaki is quite popular at Sekine.

Other Delicacies

As part of the courses, you enjoy not only unagi but also other Japanese delicacies such as suppon soup (turtle soup) or basashi (horse sashimi).
The caviar that is served with the shiroyaki eel is a signature element of Sekine's cuisine.
The restaurant has a fine selection of sakes and other alcohols too. Ask for recommendations and the staff will be glad to help you choose the perfect alcohol to pair with your meal.


Sekine is really an outstanding unagi restaurant but reservations to go there are a must and the prices of the courses are not cheap, to say the least, so here's a link for other great options for exquisite unagi in Tokyo!
Japanese food culture enthusiast. Love to explore new areas and discover local specialties.

Trending Posts


Ginza Bairin - Ginza, Tokyo : Heavenly, Traditional Katsudon That You Need To Try!


Biting Into a Pound of Steak! All the Meat You Can Dream of at Nikubaru Gaburi in Shibuya, Tokyo


Must See! Tuna Demolition Show At Maguro Shoten, Shinjuku!


Love it or Hate it: How to Eat Natto!


You've Never Had Cheese Fondue Like This! Garden Farm, Shinjuku, Tokyo

More Trending Posts

Recommended For You!


Rock Izakaya Star In Umeda Osaka, If You Wanna Rock & Roll All Night


BLUSTA, All-You-Can-Eat Affordable Yakiniku In Hakodate, Hokkaido!


Want To Try Local Japanese Tempura And Soba Noodles?


Ton Shabu Hide: Delectable Shabu Shabu In Kyoto!


Re:Dine GINZA an Innovative Restaurant With a Money Exchange System For Foreign Currencies


Featured Posts

Halal Restaurants In Japan!

Things to do in Japan in all regions!

Exploring Yokocho Alleys: a Guide to the Back Streets!

More Features


Osaka's March Grand Sumo Tournament 2019

Mar 10, Sun ~ Mar 24, Sun

Transformers Popup Cafe In Ikebukuro, Tokyo, Opens From March 8th!

Mar 08, Fri ~ Mar 31, Sun

Asahi Beer Has Gone Pink For Spring!

Mar 01, Fri ~ May 01, Wed

Starbucks' New Sakura Line-Up For 2019!

Feb 15, Fri ~ Mar 19, Tue

Conrad Osaka Has Just Renewed Its Dessert Buffet And It Looks So Tempting!

Feb 01, Fri ~ Mar 29, Fri

Trending Tags