Excellent raw beef specialties
Karuha Nishiazabu 101,1-4-28 Nishiazabu, Minato, Tokyo Prefecture, 106-0031.
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If you are looking for a restaurant that serves Japanese beef in a rather un-traditional manner then Innocent carvery might be interesting for you.
Located in the Nishi Azabu area, the interior is clean with minimalist furniture and open white ceilings.
There is a bar section where the chef cooks in front if you.
As you enter the restaurant you are greeted by a display of assorted marbled beef that will definitely get your mouth watering.
Before you start, various beefs from different areas in Japan such as Furano, Matsuzaka, Oumi, and Ozaki are presented. We chose the course menu but added some things on top of it.
I found the apron and chopstick design quite interesting.
Let’s begin with the food. As the first appetizer, this beef stew was served.
Followed by a very delicious Tajima beef yukke.
Some fresh salad in between.
I would have to say that this is one of the best kimchi I’ve ever had. The Chinese cabbage is rolled so it looks like a big meatball.
We move on to the meat with a plate of assorted tounge.
The tongue is cooked in a foil above the grill, Not a common way to do it, but they said it’s important to keep the meat moist.
You have a choice of dips to eat the tongue with. From left to right, lemon, salt and wasabi, garlic soy sauce, and fruit sauce.
We picked the Chateaubriand from Niigata prefecture as our main meat dish.
Followed by cuts of sirloin
With ponzu and grated raddish
Now this next dish was beyond imagination and something I have never tried before. A combination of raw meat (momoniku) with olive oil on a melon.
The chef cuts the melon into small pieces and wraps it with the raw beef. Amazing!
Garlic rice is always safe way to fill up the tummy. Taste great too.
We were not full yet so we ordered something off the menu, raw tongue with truffle on top.
And some beef balls.
For dessert, like most other hip yakiniku places, they served shaved ice.
Overall I would say they have great quality beef. If you eat raw, most of the raw beef is excellent. For yakiniku or grilled beef I would have to say that this is not even my top 10.
Price per person is about 20,000 yen.