Today for lunch we wanted to venture out and try some legendary sukiyaki. The version we get in the states isn’t as refined as what you get in Tokyo. The quality of meat is higher, the service was impeccable, and having it dipped in raw eggs was supposed to be heavenly. I don’t think that last part would fly back home. But given the safety standards, in a country that serves poisonous fish without incident, I had to give it a try. That brings us to Asakusa Imahan.
The restaurant isn’t too far from the Asakusa station and away from the busy temple streets. When you come by you’ll see their menu posted on the wall. Unfortunately, it only helps if you can read Japanese. Don’t fret, they have English menus inside.
There were several lunch set options. They start at ¥3,800 for the basic sukiyaki set and go up from there. The differences are in extra dishes you get to the quality of beef. They have Kobe beef set here for ¥20,000. We did want fatty cuts but didn’t need the Kobe quality. so we got the Asakusa Imahan Special Lunch Gozen ¥10,000 per person, which includes appetizers, soup, sashimi, dessert, and either sukiyaki or shabu shabu,. Given the setup needed, each table can only pick one. And as you could guess, we got the sukiyaki.
Service was spectacular. Our waitress brought out each dish explaining the contents. When it came to the sukiyaki, she prepped the eggs and the stove. Then she made our first helping of this melt in your mouth wagyu. Oh, I was in love.
I really enjoyed this meal. It was a one of a kind experience and I will be looking forward to having it again. Now when is the next trip to Japan?
3 Chome-1-12 Nishiasakusa
Taito, Tokyo 111-0035, Japan
Verdict: The beef quality here is fantastic and I’d highly recommend it.