This is Part 10 of our Tokyo Trip Series (Click here to read all Tokyo food posts).
Raymond and I became a big fan of sukiyaki after having the best one in Kyoto last year (Kimura Sukiyaki). However in this second trip we didn’t have time to go to Kyoto, so our plan B was to find a similar one in Tokyo or Yokohama.
At first we went to the famous sukiyaki restaurant in Yokohama, Araiya Gyunabe. It was really good and affordable but still couldn’t beat Kimura’s one so we decided to have another go for sukiyaki in Tokyo the next day. We went to Imahan Sukiyaki because the rating in Trip Advisor was really good, and easy to search (12 branches in Tokyo).
If you haven’t known already, in Japan all high-end restaurants are usually expensive during dinner time and much more affordable during lunch time. Because Imahan was one of them, we chose to come during lunch time and ordered the special lunch set for two with high-quality wagyu beef. The total was roughly around 10,000 yen per person for lunch – while dinner would have costed us double.
So here’s what we got in Imahan Sukiyaki, three large slices of wagyu beef per person and some vegetables. Once again, I was in awe of how good does the marble look on the beef? It must be very juicy.
Then after the beef was done, she dipped the slices in the raw egg and served them to us.
This was the highlight of our meal – soft juicy wagyu beef with sweet sukiyaki sauce that became milder with the creaminess of the raw egg. It was so good!
The only thing that drew me back was that the sukiyaki sauce somehow got overpowered by the raw egg. If only I ate it straight away after it was dipped in raw egg – it would’ve been perfect.
The only thing that I didn’t feel comfortable with was the fact that the private server was cooking beside us and she didn’t understand English and we had zero Japanese skill, so the room was in total silence when she cooked.
I understand that usually the service in high-end restaurant like this would be top notch that’s why we got our own private server. It wasn’t a big deal compared to how good the food was.
After we finished all the vegetable, our server made scrambled eggs by pouring fresh eggs to the leftover sukiyaki sauce on the pan. The egg was so fluffy, a good way to finish our sukiyaki.
Dessert was quite simple, cranberry ice-cream and green tea ice-cream. Both ice-cream had strong bold taste which I loved.
Both of us enjoyed our food, the service was really good and the beef quality was top-notch. However Imahan Sukiyaki still couldn’t beat Kimura Sukiyaki in terms of sauce. But having said that, we still loved our time here and are happy to come back again in the future.