Thursday, February 12, 2015

Tokyo Eats: Ikinari Steak

For our first night in Tokyo, Hubby and I were too tired to venture out to eat.  Blame it on the extra early flight that made us look and feel like zombies.  LOL.  I guess you can call us lucky, because right below our hotel is Ikinari Steak.  And we can never say no to steak.  Specially Japanese steak!

Ikinari Steak

Ikinari Steak is a Certified Angus beef restaurant.  So you're sure that it's nothing but one of the best beef.

Standing Room Only
There are no chairs in this restaurant.  Everybody eats their steak standing up!  Guess a little suffering for a good steak can't be that bad, right?  LOL.

First step:  Choosing your steak.  Ikinari Steak serves four kinds of steaks.  And they charge by the gram.  So it can either be small for light eaters or extra huge for a big appetite!

Cutting Station
Step two:  The cutting station.  After you choose your beef, the server will usher you into this small corner and show you the beef.  Here, it will be cut to your preferred size and measured in a weighing scale in front of you.

Look at that glorious piece of steak!
Oooh la la!  That is one nice looking steak!  Makes my mouth water just looking at it, and it's not even cooked yet!

Grilling Station
Step three:  The grilling station.  Here the chef grills your steak according to the doneness you want.

Japanese Black Beef Rib-Eye Steak
Ta-dah!  Here's our Japanese black beef rib-eye steak!  Look at all that juice!

Cross Section of the Japanese Black Beef Rib-Eye
Doesn't it look divine?

Hubby enjoyed our first Ikinari experience so much that he began craving for it right after the first night.  So I gave in to his request and went for it again on our fourth night in Tokyo.  Here's what we had:
Tenderloin Steak Beef with Less Fat
Having already tried the Japanese black beef rib-eye steak, we got the tenderloin this time.  And a bigger piece too! 

Cross Section of the Tenderloin

It looks so tender, even from the pictures!

So the verdict?  I give myself a pat on the back for choosing Ginza Bellevue Hotel this trip because we love Ikinari Steak!  The Japanese Black Beef Rib-Eye Steak was juicy and smelled so good.  And the tenderloin?  So soft!  Even though our hearts (and tummies!) still belong to Matsusakagyu Yakiniku in Osaka when it comes to steaks, Ikinari Steak is pretty good too.  Not bad at all.  4 out of 5 stars!

Ikinari Steak is at 1/F, Ginza Bellevue Hotel, 6-4-14 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 104-0061 Japan

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