The Japanese freshwater eel known as unagi is most popularly served as unaju,marinated eel over rice served in a box, or unadon,grilled eel over rice in a bowl, but there are countless other ways to prepare this freshwater delicacy. Try out the tastiest unagi in Tokyo at one of these top restaurants.
The extensive menu at this upscale sushi restaurant includes unagi sushi and skewers, though the eel is cooked thoroughly according to health recommendations. Kyubey is an ideal option for those who’d like to taste unagi before ordering it as a main course elsewhere. Find Kyubey in Ginza, near Ginza or Shimbashi stations.
Nodaya is a casual restaurant where unagi is the specialty all day, every day. Nodaya imports their eels from Shizuoka prefecture, which is a specialty of the region. Try the classic unaju made with Kyosui Unagi that is braised for two years, giving it a unique texture and flavor you won’t find anywhere else. Nodaya opened in 1868, and it has been serving up tasty eel dishes for around 50 years.
“Hitsumabushi” is Nagoya-style unagi over rice. The eel is grilled whole, using the method of cooking popularized in Nagoya, and served with condiments such as wasabi and nori (seaweed), which can be mixed with a portion of the unagi and rice in a separate dish. Hitsumabushi Bincho sits a short walk from Ginza-itchome station.
This highly-rated unagi restaurant in Minami-senju is well known among unagi enthusiasts, and wait times at peak hours can be an hour or longer. Despite Obana’s popularity, each dish is still cooked fresh to order, maintaining the integrity and quality for which the restaurant is known. It sits just a short walk from Minami-senju station.