12 2017 Jul
TokyoTagged beef, food, gyukatsu, japanese, popular, shibuya

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.

Gyukatsu Motomura

3 Chome−18−10 大野ビル2号館
Japan, 〒150-0002 Tokyo, Shibuya
+81 3-3797-3735

Verdict: A must try when you’re in Tokyo.


Hot Stone

This is used to sear your cuts of steak. If you don't like it so rare just keep in on here longer.

260 Grams of Gyukatsu

It may not look like much, but there's another cut underneath which you may be able to spot. In addition to the two steaks, we have shredded cabbage to help balance the gluttony. And some wasabi to give your tastebuds a punch or two. Oh hurry up and bring this stuff to the states please!

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A Closer Look

Here's a closer shot of the beef. There's no hiding it, there's plenty of fat in these cuts.

Tororo with Rice

I actually love this grated Japanese yam. It's so refreshing, especially on a hot day. And eaten with such heavy food, I was happy to have it. Though this was another reason why we were so full by the second steak.

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The Sauces and Condiments

Here are your sauces which you could probably get more of with the exception of the tororo, Japanese yam. What's not displayed is the rock salt which is already at the counter. I found myself using the soy sauce and wasbi more than the horseradish.

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Miso Soup

The soup was a nice part of the set, giving you a way to wash your palate as you try out the sauce combinations.

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The OxPosted July 12, 2017 By the hungry ox

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