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Restaurant Details
Dining Courses
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For each guest that dines at this restaurant, byFood will donate 10 meals
Location
Cuisine
Yakiniku (BBQ)
Average cost
Lunch: ¥5,000 - ¥10,000
Dinner: ¥15,000 - ¥25,000
Purebred Tajima wagyu beef steak, aged to perfection. A proof of pedigree comes with every serving of beef.

Restaurant Details

Omi, Matsusaka, Kobe; the three “great beefs” of Japan. These three wagyu types all trace their heritage back to the Tajima cattle, a breed of Japanese Black cattle from Hyogo Prefecture, and the very same type from where the vaunted “kuroge wagyu” gets its name. It might be hard to believe that beef can get better than these three legendary types. But Tokyo steakhouse and butcher Nakasei, in the Koishikawa district of Bunkyo Ward, does them one better. The restaurant, a former Michelin-starred steakhouse, serves what it calls “pureblood” Tajima beef, which unlike the beef mentioned above, has never been cross-bred with other cattle breeds. Each cow is chosen by a dedicated consultant who selects the best possible beef from this small number. As proof of the bloodline’s purity, the restaurant displays the pedigree of each head of cattle when they serve its meat to the customer. General manager Yamana Satoshi believes that Nakasei is the only restaurant to do this; few others would have as much faith in the quality of the beef that they purchase. But the restaurant doesn’t only stand on the quality of its meat — it must also be prepared in the ideal way. In keeping with this, each cut is aged for up to three months. During this time, the meat can lose as much as 20% of its weight. Still, Mr Yamana believes that this is a necessary sacrifice to ensure that diners can enjoy the wagyu’s optimal flavor, aroma and juiciness. Naturally, Nakasei also offers an extensive selection of wines to go with the meat — what steak would be complete without a glass? Unlike many of Japan’s highly seasonal specialty foods, there isn’t a particular “high” season in which wagyu is best enjoyed. However, Nakasei is on Bunkyo’s famed Harimazaka Slope, which, with its over 120 cherry trees, draws crowds from all over the world during peak sakura season. As such, reservations are difficult to secure during early spring — so guests looking for a taste of Nakasei’s purebred Tajima beef should try early.
Dining Courses
Nakasei Lunch Course
Morning, Afternoon
¥ 11,400
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A reasonably priced and reasonably sized lunch course, featuring aged Tajima beef steak as the main course. ※ For the tasting comparison course, the featured cut will be chosen by the dry aging specialist. If only one guest is present, they will have a choice of either lean meat or finely marbled meat, and not both. This menu option is not available between Dec 23 to 25.
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A reasonably priced and reasonably sized lunch course, featuring aged Tajima beef steak as the main course. ※ For the tasting comparison course, the featured cut will be chosen by the dry aging specialist. If only one guest is present, they will have a choice of either lean meat or finely marbled meat, and not both. This menu option is not available between Dec 23 to 25.
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¥ 11,400
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Nakasei Course
Evening
¥ 17,900
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Nakasei’s dinner course, offering a tasting comparison between Tajima beef steaks of lean meat and finely marbled “shimofuri” beef. ※ For the tasting comparison course, the featured cut will be chosen by the dry aging specialist. If only one guest is present, they will have a choice of either lean meat or finely marbled meat, and not both. This menu option is not available between Dec 23 to 25.
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Nakasei’s dinner course, offering a tasting comparison between Tajima beef steaks of lean meat and finely marbled “shimofuri” beef. ※ For the tasting comparison course, the featured cut will be chosen by the dry aging specialist. If only one guest is present, they will have a choice of either lean meat or finely marbled meat, and not both. This menu option is not available between Dec 23 to 25.
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¥ 17,900
(Tax Incl.)
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Nakasei Special Course
Evening
¥ 25,650
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Nakasei’s special dinner course, letting guests choose three different types of aged beef from the restaurant’s showcased beef. ※ For the tasting comparison course, the featured cut will be chosen by the dry aging specialist. If only one guest is present, they will receive a 150g serving of their choice of one available section of lean meat or finely marbled meat. This menu option is not available between Dec 23 to 25.
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Nakasei’s special dinner course, letting guests choose three different types of aged beef from the restaurant’s showcased beef. ※ For the tasting comparison course, the featured cut will be chosen by the dry aging specialist. If only one guest is present, they will receive a 150g serving of their choice of one available section of lean meat or finely marbled meat. This menu option is not available between Dec 23 to 25.
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¥ 25,650
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Koishikawa Nakasei Access Info

Koishikawa Nakasei is accessible via a 6-minute walk from Myogadani Station on the Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line. It is located along the Harimazaka Slope.

Koishikawa Nakasei Phone Number

03-3830-0490

Koishikawa Nakasei Business Days

Sunday
11:30 AM
03:00 PM
-
05:00 PM
10:00 PM
Monday
11:30 AM
03:00 PM
-
05:00 PM
10:00 PM
Tuesday
11:30 AM
03:00 PM
-
05:00 PM
10:00 PM
Wednesday
11:30 AM
03:00 PM
-
05:00 PM
10:00 PM
Thursday
11:30 AM
03:00 PM
-
05:00 PM
10:00 PM
Friday
11:30 AM
03:00 PM
-
05:00 PM
10:00 PM
Saturday
11:30 AM
03:00 PM
-
05:00 PM
10:00 PM

Koishikawa Nakasei Address

5-10-18 Koishikawa, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 112-0002

Koishikawa Nakasei Cancellation Policy

Cancel your reservation at least 2 days before the dining start time to receive a full refund minus a 3.2% transaction fee.
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Koishikawa Nakasei Remarks

Guests with dietary restrictions and/or food allergies should inform the restaurant beforehand. The restaurant might not be able to accommodate guests who make same-day requests.
The restaurant reserves the right to refuse reservations to guests who have excessive dietary restrictions, particularly those of fish or vegetables.
The course menu content listed below is an example, and is subject to change based on seasonal availability.

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For each guest that dines at this restaurant, byFood will donate
10 meals