Japan is a land of exquisite dishes. One of these just stands out from the rest due to its amazing savory taste: it is the dish popularly known as ‘unagi’, or freshwater eel in English. It is commonly used as an ingredient in Japanese cooking and has captured the hearts of many foreigners because of its unique and surprisingly easy-going taste. If you’re longing to taste this dish, make it a great experience by visiting one of these three premium restaurants in Tokyo!
Nodaiwa in Azabu, Tokyo is proud of its longstanding eel tradition and has continuously provided the finest unagi dishes made with wild eels. The restaurant’s history goes back more than 200 years, it has been upholding the culinary culture since the Edo Period. The chefs in Nodaiwa made sure to blend all ingredients in unagi dishes so a perfect combination and softness are achieved.
The restaurant looks very traditional with its massive dark beams and architectural elements that originated in Gifu Prefecture. Prices range from 3,000 to 10,000 yen per meal, depending on the season as well as the portion of the eel.
Yamanochaya is a vintage restaurant located in Nagatacho, Tokyo. It has been around since the early 20th century and has continued to provide guests with very good unagi dishes. Before going inside the restaurant you will be going up a few flights of stairs, and then you’ll be greeted by ladies wearing kimonos who will guide you to your dining room. The unagi served here is very tender and not oily compared to other restaurants. However, dishes here are a bit pricey, starting at 10,000 yen per meal.
Hashimoto near Edogawabashi station was founded in 1835. It is run by the sixth generation owner-chef who manages to continue serving dishes using the unagi recipe that was passed down from generation to generation. One specialty dish they offer is the unaju (rice topped with eel and basted with sweet sauce) which costs 2,600 yen to 3,300 yen. Please note that cooking this dish usually takes around 20-30 minutes, so you have to patiently wait or simply enjoy some snacks first.
These places will surely become a favorite hangout for unagi lovers. If you haven’t tasted unagi yet, why not try it now? The 3 restaurants listed above will surely make for a wonderful unagi meal experience!