Secretly located in a basement amidst the busy retail mecca of Ginza, Gyuan certainly is one of the best places to savor what has been considered the caviar of meat.
Prohibitively expensive and highly sought after, Kobe beef is a special grade of beef that comes from Tajima- guy cattle, raised according to strict tradition in Hyogo Prefecture. Interestingly, the cows are massaged and brushed with sake, which reduces muscle stiffness, relieves stress and soften the skin.
Beautifully marbled, Kobe beef is renowned for its unbelievable flavor and extreme tenderness. We were said we would never encounter anything else quite like it, so we were determined to give it a try.
Savoring Kobe Beef At Gyuan
Upon entering the restaurant, we were warmly welcome. I instantly loved the splendid old-style Japanese ambiance Gyuan preserved. After removing our shoes, an elegant, kimono-dressed Japanese lady showed us our table. The fact of being the only tourists in the restaurant, made the dining experience even more memorable and special.
After a few recommendations, we decided on a Kobe sirloin set which included several appetizers, vegetable salad, the steaks, rice, miso soup and dessert.
After a couple of starters, our succulent steaks arrived sizzling on cast iron platters. Beautifully presented, our pre-sliced kobe sirloin steaks were accompanied with delicious garniture and served with three different sauces: Ponzu (a classic Japanese citrus sauce ), Goma (sesame sauce), and Rock Salt.
Soon, the tempting aroma of beef roasting invaded the restaurant. It was simply impossible to resist. Each bite was pure ecstasy! Our insanely marbled Kobe steaks literally melted in our mouths.
Expensive it may be, Gyuan is arguably one of the most reasonably priced quality Kobe beef restaurants in Tokyo. If I were asked if it was worth the price, I would definitely say: Absolutely!
6-13-6 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 104-0061