Updated: January 16, 2019
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Unagi Irokawa: Superb Eel Restaurant In Asakusa, Tokyo


Unagi Irokawa in Asakusa is an eel restaurant that you'll surely enjoy! The eel is unbelievably plump and juicy and the atmosphere is the quaintest there is.

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Unagi Irokawa

Irokawa is one of the most well-known unagi (soft water eel) restaurant in the Asakusa area. The reason why that is? It's been around since 1861 and has been using the same authentic recipe ever since, winning over the heart of countless locals and many travellers as well. The secret to their outstanding unagi, they claim, is in their secret tare sauce. As you walk by the restaurant of long standing, you can smell the sweet aroma of unagi. Right then you know that you're in for something special!

Irokawa is at a 2-minute walk from the A1 Exit of the Asakusa Station (Toei Subway Line).
As soon as you place your order, the cooks start grilling your skewered unagi over charcoal. There are some tables but if you sit at the counter seats, it's pretty interesting to see the chefs at work. Plus you can enjoy the incredibly tantalizing smell of your unagi being grilled slowly. It's a real feast for the senses.
There are just a few options that are all just as good. What changes, for the most part, is the amount of eel you get.

The "Unaju Tappuri" at ¥4,100 has the largest amount of eel. The standard unaju (¥3,000) has a little less but it should be enough for most people. Above is a large size and below is a regular sized one.
Along with the unaju, you get a soup that contains the liver of the eel, which is usually included in the traditional sets. You also get a few pickled vegetables.
Grilled to perfection, the eel is incredibly plumb, juicy and delicious! If you're thinking about trying eel in Japan, Irokawa is definitely a place to consider going to.

They also have some cheap option of small pieces of eel on skewers (¥700) if you want some extras.

You might also want to try their "shiro yaki", which translates into white-grilled and consists of the same delicious eel cooked without the sauce. Some people prefer this style to really enjoy to the fullest the natural taste of eel.
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