After weeks of hardcore research, I found a well-reviewed and highly-recommended restaurant that serves high quality yet affordable Matsusaka beef. The restaurant is called Satou Steakhouse. According to TripAdvisor, it is ranked the #2 restaurant in Musashino!
Musashino is another city in Tokyo and it was formed after several nearby neighborhoods merged together. At Kichijoji (where Satou Steakhouse is located), you can also visit Inokashira Park which has almost everything (a tiny shrine, petting zoo, small aquarium, pond and Ghibli museum).
To get to Kichijoji from Shinjuku or Tokyo, you can take the JR Chuo Line. Otherwise, you can take the Keio Inokashira Line if you are coming from Shibuya.
I decided to visit Satou Steakhouse on a weekday and I arrived even before it opened to avoid the queue. This restaurant can only accommodate 16 people and that was exactly the reason why I decided upon this place. I prefer eating in a smaller restaurant as it would make the experience even more authentic 😀 (Just my own opinion really). Opt for the counter seat, if possible, to see the chef in action!
When I arrived, this was exactly what I saw outside Satou Steakhouse. Thinking that everyone was waiting for the restaurant to open, I innocently joined the queue. Only to realize five minutes later that I was actually queuing for the beef croquettes.
Well, why not try a few since I am already here. Right?
I ended up buying 4 beef croquettes and they were pretty good actually! xD
There were a few selections in the menu but I decided to go for the High Grade Fillet Steak (160gr) JPY 10,000 (~SGD 110).
So what is Matsusaka beef? It is actually black-haired Wagyu which originated from the Matsusaka region of Mie, Japan. This meat is well-known for its high fat-to-meat ratio and only the female Wagyu are raised in the Matsusaka region – they are fed plenty of fodder, tofu and ground wheat (Source: Wikipedia)
By default, the chef will cook the meat medium-rare. I always prefer the meat to be done medium-well but I decided to order medium for a change. To my surprise, the meat did not smell or taste bloody at all!
The meat texture was similar to slightly softened butter – it was neither hard nor chewy, instead it was so smooth that you could bite through all the way to the bottom. The skin was crispy and for more flavour you could dip the steak into the sauces that came with it – one sauce was fruit-based and the other was vegetable-based.
If you are looking for good steak with affordable price in Tokyo, I’d highly recommend Satou Steakhouse! 🙂
Do visit Shimokitazawa area after your meal and do drop by Bear Pond Espresso if you need your caffeine-fix! Shimokitazawa is only 4 stops away from Kichijoji station (by Keio Inokashira Line) 🙂
Satou Steakhouse, Musashino Address: 1-1-8 Kichijojihoncho (2nd floor), Musashino, 〒180-0002, Japan Phone No: 0422-21-6464 Nearest train station: Kichijoji Station Opening hours: Mon - Fri: Lunch 11.00AM - 02.00PM Dinner 05.00PM - 08.00PM Sat, Sun and Public Holidays: 11.00AM - 08.00PM Click here to view Satou's menu and here to check Satou's website (Website is in Japanese) Note: Satou Steakhouse has another branch in Tsukiji