This would be the restaurant to go to if you are looking for some excellent sukiyaki. Established well over a hundred years ago in 1895, Imahan has about 10 restaurants serving sukiyaki, shabu-shabu and steak courses specializing in Imahan beef.

Imahan Ginza facade

I have personally tried two of their branches in Yurakucho and Ginza. The one in Ginza is on the 5th floor of the Barneys New York building and a little more luxurious. Although they have shabu-shabu and steak courses which are all good, their sukiyaki is the best. Their way of eating sukiyaki here is different from what I am used to back home in Indonesia, where we have plenty of Japanese restaurants. Sukiyaki back home comes in a hot-pot with all the meat and vegetables swimming inside the sauce and a raw egg on the side. I would throw the raw egg into my sauce until it was half done and then eat it. I had no idea we were supposed to dip the meat and vegetables in the raw egg before eating it. They taught me how to eat it the Japanese way here in Imahan, and it was absolutely delicious.

The Imahan wagyu
Dipping the beef in a bowl of raw egg

The staff at Imahan usually asks foreigners if you mind eating raw eggs. My suggestion is to go for it. It really is delicious.

When you are not in the mood for some sukiyaki then I would go for the steak course which comes in a box and it is really juicy and flavorful.

The steak course

For desert there is an option of fruits like the famous Japanese melon or some ice cream.

Price : $$

Kojun Building 5F, 6-8-7 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
Hours 11:30am to 10:00pm
Phone : +813-3571-5333
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