Updated: September 17, 2019
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Pound-ya Roppongi: Bang for the buck wagyu beef

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Affordable wagyu steaks, beef patties and wagyudon are available at this popular branch in Roppongi. Located just a 2-minute walk from Roppongi station.

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Pound-ya Roppongi

Pound-ya is a nice, unpretentious wagyu beef steakhouse restaurant with a few locations across Tokyo, including a popular one in Roppongi.
The Roppongi location is particularly popular with English-speaking foreign residents and tourists, so you will be provided with an English menu and explanation in English if you ask for it.

Good quality, uami-packed beef at an excellent price

It's not uncommon to pay up to ¥20,000 for a fancy wagyu dinner in the area. The Japanese cattle brands are internationally known for their amazing quality so many people think it's a given to have to pay that much to enjoy wagyu.

In reality, though, some wagyu cuts and grades are reasonably affordable. That is what you get at Pound-ya, not the top-grade meat, but still very good quality of reliably delicious meat.

The restaurant claims to have a special distribution system which allows them to have good quality meat at low prices, and they pass down the benefits to their patrons in the form of reasonably priced steaks and beef patties. The average price for dinner is around ¥3,000 and for lunch, it's around ¥2,000.
When you order, the chef will actually pring a platter of the raw meat to you in order to help you choose which cut to have. Broadly speaking the cuts will vary in taste based on their marbling level (fat content between the muscle fibers). Generally speaking, the more marbling there is, the pricier the cut will be.
Your order will come to you served with some delicious dipping sauces. Many people enjoy their steak paired with some wine. You can ask for the house's recommendations.
Steak is the most popular item among non-Japanese, but locals will often have what is called in Japan a 'hambagu', which is essentially a beef patty served with a dipping sauce. These are also made of succulent wagyu, and they are more affordable than the steaks.
Also, you should give their wagyudon a try! Served with a fresh egg yolk as a topping, it's so delicious and creamy once the egg is mixed in. Many people are only familiar with the humble gyudon beef bowls served at the fast-food restaurant chains of Matsuya, Yoshinoya and Sukiya. The wagyudon is basically a super-deluxe version of those.
One last thing to mention is that the vegetables served at Pound-ya are surprisingly good too. Everything is fresh and organic so why not have a nice salad with your wagyu?
tabikamome
Japanese food culture enthusiast. Love to explore new areas and discover local specialties.

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