Top 10 Places in Tokyo for Premium Unagi
Now that you have made all the way to Japan, you musｔ not miss out on the unagi here and hopefully with this list of 10 restaurants, you will know where to go to have the best unagis in Tokyo.
May 12 2015 (Sep 09 2020)
If you are searching for delicious unagi, you would have to make your way to Japan. The unagi served here would definitely taste slightly different from the unagi served at Japanese restaurants in your home country. However, lately with a decrease in the number of eels harvested, we would have to expect an increase in prices but it is a meal not to be missed.
うなObana has been around for a long time and is well known among unagi fans and here you can satisfy your taste buds with some exquisite Unajyu. It only takes 5 minutes on foot from Minami Senju station, making it very convenient for those who have to rely on public transportation. The prices here are on the higher end but you will not regret spending that much money on good unagi.
5-33-1 Minami Senju, Arakawa Ward, Tokyo
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If you are looking for an unagi restaurant at Kanda, then「Myojinshita Kandagawa」is where you should head to. Walk right in to its cozy warm dining area and try their premium unagi but as it is a very popular restaurant, do try to make your reservations as early as possible or else your stomach would be greatly disappointed.
2-5-11 Sotokanda, Chiyoda Ward, Tokyo
3. Unagi Akasaka Sekine
「Unagi Akasaka Sekine」is a famous unagi restaurant that also has its fair share of celebrities coming in to dine. The unagi served here is exquisite and one of their special items on the menu is「Hitsumabushi」, which gives diners an eating experience that is similar to Japan’s Ocha Tsuke. This restaurant that has been awarded with one Michelin star is the place to go for the best of the best unagi.
1st Floor Akasaka Residential Hotel, 9-1-7 Akasaka, Minato Ward, Tokyo
This famous restaurant,「Anzai」is located at Suginami Ward’s Ogikubo and most of the diners would place their reservations before coming to make certain that they have a table ready for them. The unagi served here is of high quality and you can have them in different styles from the usual Unajyu ones to the Shiroyaki ones that are fragrant and grilled with care. Don’t miss out on the unagi here that truly represents Japanese unagi.
4-12-16 Ogikubo, Suginami Ward, Tokyo
5. Hyotanya 6 Chome Store
In Tokyo, you can also try unagi dishes cooked in Kansai style at「Hyotanya 6 Chome」. Located in Ginza, you can come here for lunch and their set lunches are sold at about \\1500. You would come back for more of their well-cooked unagi that is guaranteed to melt in your mouth.
6-12-15 Ginza, Chuo Ward, Tokyo
6. Hifumi Main Store
「Hifumi Main Store」is the place to go for unagi when you are in Setagaya Ward. Come here to have high-quality unagi within its comfortable walls and you will definitely come out satisfied but we suggest that you call up first to make reservations as it takes time to grill the eel to perfection so to save you time, you can place your order too when you place your reservations.
4-24-15 Wakabayashi, Setagaya Ward, Tokyo
This popular restaurant「Kawaei」, is frequently featured on TV. The exterior and interior of the store takes you back in time to the good old days in Tokyo. The unagi here is so good that even among the locals it is said that it would be a lifetime lost if you do not make your way there. You should also try their unagi omelet.
1-19-16 Akabane, Kita Ward, Tokyo
It may come to you as a surprise but even in the lively town of Shibuya, where many young people gather, there is a very good unagi restaurant called「Owada」. Among the hustle and bustle of the activity outside, this restaurant provides a totally different atmosphere. Come here not only to taste some delicious unagi but to also experience an authentic Japanese dining atmosphere.
1-17 Maruyamacho, Shibuya Ward, Tokyo
This famous shop, 「Miharu」is located at Nakano and it has ever been featured in the popular manga「Oishinbo」. The very talented chefs here use recipes and techniques that have been passed down for generations, to carefully grill the unagis. When it comes to unagi, we have the usual Kabayaki style but here they also serve really delicious unagi grilled on sticks.
5-57-10 Nakano, Nakano Ward, Tokyo
Many famous people also come to「Inageya」at Nishi Nippori for some of their well-known unagi. Here they also serve a wide variety of Japanese sake and for those who are still new to Japanese sake, you might get hooked onto the idea of having sake every time you have unagi after having some Japanese sake with the delicious unagi here!
3-49-4 Sendagi, Bunkyo Ward, Tokyo
Just by looking at the pictures, we are sure that we have made your stomach growl. Come and visit any one of these famous restaurants to have your share of some really good unagi when you are in town.
The information in this article is accurate at the time of publication.