Ever wonder what to eat in Tokyo? That question popped in my mind so many times when I was in Tokyo. Yes, there are zillions of options of where to eat in Tokyo, and it’s so hard to decide because everything is good. But if you are around Akihabara, then this definitely has to be the place to go for a meal: Gyukatsu Ichi Ni San.
If you don’t know what gyukatsu is, imagine the usual katsu (Japanese fried chicken or pork cutlet) but instead, replace the chicken or pork with beef. Gyukatsu is basically deep-fried breaded beef cutlet. It is usually fried for around 60 seconds, so imagine juicy rare meat inside the cutlet – yum! If you like your meat a little bit more well done, don’t worry, you will get to cook your beef katsu however you like them. But of course, not for too long. We wouldn’t want overcooked meat, do we? 😉
Gyukatsu Ichi Ni San, Akihabara
Gyukatsu Ichi Ni San is located in the basement of a corner shop, around 10-minutes walk from Akihabara Station. This tiny, hidden shop is not very easy to find, but you can try to spot it by looking for their shop banner, that looks like the photo shown below.
We decided to come slightly early, around 11.30AM, to beat the lunch crowd. Unfortunately, we still had to line up for around 30 minutes before we were ushered in into the 13-seater restaurant.
It’s quite common practice to order one item per person in Japan. It’s no different at Gyukatsu Ichi Ni San, so it’s highly NOT recommended to share.
Gyukatsu Ichi Ni San Menu
The menu is very simple! First, choose if you would like to add yam into your set. Second, select the size of your beef (130, 200, 230, or 260 grams). The smallest portion costs JPY 1,300 (~ SGD 16).
I still can’t believe how cheap gyukatsu is in Japan. The quality of the meat I had was beyond words, and it only cost SGD 16!! I remember trying gyukatsu in Singapore and having to pay around SGD 20++ for it, and it was not anywhere near as good as the one in Ichi Ni San.
Gyukatsu Ichi Ni San Review
We ordered two sets – with and without yam. Personally, I prefer the one without yam. The yam was slimy and the texture reminded me of mashed potatoes, but grainy and sticky (if that makes sense?). I can’t even remember how it tasted – all that stood out to me was the weird texture. Period.
If you are curious enough to find out the taste and texture of this yam, top up JPY 100 (~SGD 1.2) to get the yam added into your set 🙂
Now, let’s talk about the beef. The most important part of the meal.
You will be given a hot stone top to grill the meat. Again, make sure not to overcook the meat. Dip the cooked beef in salt or one of the dipping sauces – choose from soy sauce or yama wasabi, or even just keep it plain – pop it in your mouth, and you will understand why there is always a line outside the restaurant. I assure you – you will have a pleasant experience dining at Gyukatsu Ichi Ni San 🙂
So, ladies and gentleman, if you are ever in Tokyo, wondering what to eat, you know where to go now 😉 Even if you are not in the vicinity, I’m quite sure that this place is worth traveling the distance and braving the queue!
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Gyukatsu Ichi Ni San Add: 3 Chome-8-17 Sotokanda, 千代田区 Tokyo 101-0021, Japan Opening hours: Mon - Fri 11AM to 9PM Sat - Sun 10AM to 9PM Nearest Station: Akihabara Station Click here to read TripAdvisor's Review.