Our guide to shabu shabu restaurants in Ginza, Tokyo! Shabu shabu, or Japanese hot pot, is one of the best things about the food culture in the land of the rising sun! It's healthy, delicious and, above all, lots of fun to eat as you have to cook the raw ingredients yourself during the meal. Make sure to try out these great Ginza restaurants!
Zakuro is the thing shabu shabu legends are made of. Founded in 1955, it is the first, and quite possibly the best and most famous, shabu shabu restaurant in all of Tokyo. Located only 2 minutes on foot from the Ginza station, Zakuro should probably be your first stop when your looking for a shabu shabu restaurant in the Ginza area. The only problem is that you might have to make a reservation beforehand to get in as it is extremely popular.
You will experience top-quality shabu shabu in a traditional elegant setting. The beef is strictly Japanese. The particularity of Japanese beef is that it known to be very marbled, meaning it has a lot of intramuscular fat which appears white. This makes every piece extremely tasty and tender.
The lunch menu is quite reasonable for a resto of this quality, starting at only ¥1500, and the evening cuisine, although more pricey, is absolutely top quality (A5-ranked black wagyu is on the menu!). Meals are multi-coursed and aside from shabu shabu you can also order sukiyaki and steak. The prices for an evening meal vary greatly depending on the type of meat that you choose. It can range from ¥8,000 to ¥20,000 per person.
This restaurant is located at a five minute walk from the Ginza metro station (A1 exit). The prices are reasonable for lunch ranging from 1000-2000; a bit more pricey for a typical diner 5000-6000 yen.
The reasonable prices here make it an ideal choice to take out your family for lunch. Aside from the excellent shabu shabu, you can enjoy salads, vegetable dishes, desserts and even wine, all served by a friendly staff. You can order here the typical meats (pork, beef, chicken) found at any shabu shabu, but also rarer varieties of meats such duck and specialty beef tongues and premium wagyu. All-you-can eat courses are also available from 3000 yen.
Conveniently located at only a 1 minute walk from the Ginza station. Opens from 17:30.
Delicious matsusaka beef from Mie prefecture anyone? This store has a reputation of offering the best part of the beef's rib roast. The Kyoto-style goma ra-yu (chili oil) is a hugely popular item for dipping your veggies and slices of meat. The restaurant's wines are especially selected to blend perfectly with the courses offered. Ask for recommendations and the staff will be glad to inform you. The premium beef course starts at 5500 yen but there are also more affordable options from 3000 yen.
There is a spontaneous atmosphere, the staff is friendly in this tastefully decorated restaurant and the food is reasonably priced (courses are under 3000 yen). Aside from the great shabu shabu served with a secret sesame seed sauce, there are many tasty side menu items such as asparagus with tofu and tomato salad. Desserts are also quite popular here and wine and sake are available.
Ginza Rangetsu was established in 1947 in the post-war business district of Ginza and has kept a traditional atmosphere. It is conveniently located near many stations (5 min from the JR Yurkakucho station, 2 min from the Ginza subway station exit A13 and 5 min from the Hibiya station).
Rangetsu is quite a luxurious restaurant with a large hall and a 320 seat capacity. The shabu shabu is pricey compared to other stores: lunch courses range from 4,900-14,000 yen and evening courses range from 8,000-18,000 yen. You do get great value for you money however. The sukiyaki and shabu-shabu come with selected Japanese premium beef and the store also is famous for its snow crab which amazingly good and sought after. Come here for an exquisite authentic traditional taste and ambiance.
If you ever have a craving for shabu-shabu while exploring Ginza, the options abound! Why not try premium Japanese beef offered in many of these stores! If the price tag scares you of wagyu courses, then there are also more reasonable options that are sure to satisfy you.
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