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The 10 Best Japanese Restaurants in Beijing

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Updated: 23 September 2017
Japanese restaurants are heaven for both raw food lovers and people who love delicate dishes. From the exquisitely made sushi and sashimi using fresh materials transported from Japan each day, to perfectly cooked yakitori and sukiyaki, there are some fantastic Japanese restaurants in Beijing which can make you feel like you’re in Japan.

KURA Zanmai

Restaurant, Japanese, $$$
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Every cloud has a silver lining, and this is the perfect description for KURA Zanmai, an izakaya that hides in a corner behind the counter of a hotel in Hujialou. While in Japan there are many restaurants like this, extremely difficult to find but unimaginably delicious, in China you can hardly find a Japanese restaurant so low-profile. The wasabi octopus rice in green tea and the roast beef made by Japanese chefs will assure you the most authentic taste, plus they have various Japanese alcohols and soft drinks to go with the dishes. KURA Zanmai is an ideal space for lone diners and friends who need a cozy place for chatting.

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Matsuko

Restaurant, Japanese, Buffet, none
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Started as a roadside restaurant near the Hilton Hotel in 1992, Matsuko has now grown into a buffet chain with nine branches in Beijing. The best branch has to be in Liangmaqiao, which is in the same neighbourhood as the Japan Embassy in Beijing. Not only do its grilled eels and matsuko sushi keep guests returning, the tableware and the restaurant’s décor also go with the food perfectly; to give you the ultimate dining experience in colour, flavour and taste.
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Honkaku Sushi

Restaurant, Japanese, $$$
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Ask for the best sushi restaurant in Beijing and many will tell you “Honkaku”. Its founder and chef Li Weitao had apprenticed at a time-honored sushi restaurant in Tokyo for eight years before he opened the first Honkaku in Xinyuanli. The sushi and other dishes taste so authentic that even Japanese author Yoshii Shinobu dubs it as “the taste of her hometown”. Try signature dishes including uni (sea urchin) sushi, foie gras sushi and bakudan natto and go home with a full stomach from around 600 CNY (93 USD) per person. Or order the 198 CNY (30.7 USD) lunch set that include the basic dishes picked by the restaurant.

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ZEN

Restaurant, Diner, Japanese, $$$
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Seeing the small restaurant located on the Qianliang Hutong in Dongsi, for a moment you might think you are standing in front of an izakaya on a hidden lane in Shinjuku. The master and chef of ZEN, a Beijing local who learnt from sushi chefs in Japan, opened this pre-Edo style sushi restaurant that offers the freshest produce transported from Japan, daily. The restaurant also has seasonal sushi, designed by the chef according to different fish’s best seasons. If you are a regular customer, you may be lucky enough to try the specially made fried rice which is off-menu. The restaurant has less than twenty places, so you’d better make a reservation.
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Beyond Yakitori

Restaurant, Japanese, $$$
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You can tell from the restaurant’s name that it is specialised in yakitori (grilled chicken). The chicken is bought fresh each day from a famous food market in Beijing. Under the supervision of a Japanese chef, the chicken is carefully grilled on a charcoal fire to the optimal degree. Chicken livers, which are among the most difficult to grill, are perfectly cooked with the centre of the livers kept pink. The restaurant provides top-quality Japanese wine, red wine and beers to go with the yakitori.

每吃一口都是惊喜 这居酒屋我给满分 #美醉堂 🎐还有老板很像林依伦

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SakeMANZO

Restaurant, Japanese, $$$
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MANZO specialises in sake (Japanese wine), carefully chosen by famous Japanese sommelier Yamamoto Kei. The restaurant recommends dishes that best go with the sake, so if you are unsure what sake to pair with your food, the menu will come to your rescue. Its specialty, unadon, is cooked in the traditional Nagoya-style, which can be consumed in three ways: raw; mixed with nori, spring onion and wasabi; and with green tea rice. The restaurant’s Liangmaqiao branch is designed by the renowned Japanese architect Matsubara Hironori, giving you the same experience as a high-class izakaya in Ginza.

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Katoya

Restaurant, Japanese, $$$
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For katsudon (Japanese Fried Pork Chop Rice) enthusiasts, Katoya shouldn’t be missed from your list. A Japanese family restaurant located on the backstreet of the Beijing Foreign Studies University, it is favoured by Japanese students for its genuine taste and homely atmosphere. Both the fried pork chop and the cheese fried pork chop are worth a try, and its cheese potatoes are just heavenly!
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Suzuki Kitchen

Restaurant, Japanese, none
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Turning into Mao’er Hutong from the crowded Nanluoguxiang, you’ll see a modest Japanese-style wooden door with a logo of a spoon-rabbit metamorphosis. Awaiting you is a quiet and comfortable space that almost makes you feel like you’re not in Beijing. What’s better than a hot sukiyaki in winter? The beef is super tender and tastes especially delicate dipped in raw egg. It’s very popular in rush hour and we recommend booking.

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Hakata Ikkousha

Restaurant, Diner, Japanese, $$$
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Unlike many ramen restaurants in Beijing that specialise in Yokohama ramens, Hakata Ikkousha is a chain ramen restaurant focused on Hakata ramen, famous for its thick pork bone soup and thin noodles. The restaurant originated in Japan’s Fukuoka, the birthplace of Hakata ramen, in 2004. Its menu will instantly remind you of the ramen restaurants in Japan, which let you choose the thickness of noodles, the amount of oil and the degree of saltiness, right from the menu. What’s more, Hakata Ikkousha is also one of the few places in Beijing where you can have tsukemen.

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Marukame Seimen

Restaurant, Diner, Japanese, $$$
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Also originating in Japan, Marukame Seimen caused quite a sensation when it opened its first Beijing branch in 2012. It is the number one udon restaurant for many foodies and it’s totally worthy of the name. It has over ten flavours of udon to choose from, from tomato and beef udon, to curry udon, and the most basic udon dipped in broth. The restaurant also provides cold dishes like wasabi octopus and all kinds of tempura to go with your noodles.

#Japanesefood #raman #丸龟制面

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