Here’s something you have to try on your next visit to Tokyo, gyukatsu. It’s a breaded deep fried beef steak which may sound similar to tonkatsu, the traditional pork version, but is on a whole different level. At Gyukatsu Motomura they’ve made this amazing dish so popular, that they’ve opened up several shops around the city. We happened to find out about the Shibuya location several blocks south of the station. It was 4:30pm so we headed over to beat the dinner rush.
When we found restaurant, off in a path away from the main road, we were surprised not to find a line. But actually, the line was winding down the stairs.
Of course, at this time of day, there were only a few people ahead of us. So why did we end up waiting 30 minutes? Well, there’s only seating for about 8 people inside.
Well once we got seated we were overzealous and got the large Gyukatsu Mugimeshi Tororo Set for ¥2,200 for each of us. This was with the gooey yam so, in hindsight, I should have gone with the smaller portion and just split an additional cutlet. Oh well, some mistakes aren’t all that bad. We did finish everything. Every single thing! #noshame
The staff explained how to try to eat our gyukatsu. There are even instructions printed out. The steak does come out rare and boy does it look beautiful when it does (those fatty streaks!), but you’ll want to sear it on the stove. Trust me.
Love how this place, in particular, was an eat and run type of place. Not meant for large groups. It runs as efficiently as possible while giving their fans exactly what they need, that marbled beef. They even have a sign outside for us noobs to figure out what to order before sitting. And from what I hear, when the lines get long they’ll take your order outside to further minimize the time waiting and maximize the time enjoying. And yes, you’ll enjoy every minute of it.
3 Chome−18−10 大野ビル2号館
Japan, 〒150-0002 Tokyo, Shibuya
Verdict: A must try when you’re in Tokyo.