Wagyu Connoisseur Selects Wagyu for Ningyocho Imahan
Wagyu connoisseur who is said to be one of the best in Japan works at Ningyocho Imahan and selects the wagyu for the restaurants. In addition to having high meat grade, Ningyocho Imahan’s wagyu needs to pass additional criteria, such as tenderness of marbling etc.
After carefully selecting wagyu, Ningyocho Imahan matures wagyu with its own aging techniques and is even careful of how they cut wagyu into thin slices, because even a slight change of cutting angle can change the taste. Backed up with these wagyu selection criteria and techniques, wagyu served at Ningyocho Imahan becomes one of the best in Japan.
Learn more: Meat Grading System
Sukiyaki Cooked in Front of You by Waitress Wearing Kimono
Ningyocho Imahan is a famous wagyu sukiyaki restaurant in Japan. Sukiyaki is a soy sauce based hotpot with beef (or pork) and vegetables, and you would dip in a raw egg before you eat. At Ningyocho Imahan, waitress wearing kimono will cook sukiyaki right in front of you. You can enjoy aroma of wagyu which waitress will cook medium rare, the best way to enjoy the tenderness and feel the melt-in-mouth experience of wagyu.
Interior decorations of restaurants are Japanese traditional but gorgeous. In some branches, there are private rooms, and you can even hold Japanese-style wedding party! Hospitality and service at Ningyocho Imahan restaurants are also very nice, so Ningyocho Imahan is suitable for special occasions and business scenes.
There is a good youtube video explaining about Ningyocho Imahan and what to expect when you visit the restaurant:
Historical and Prestigious Sukiyaki Restaurant in Japan
History of Ningyocho Imahan started in 1895 when the first “Imahan” restaurant opened in Tokyo. Imahan became famous beef hotpot restaurant and opened many branches. Several branches were separated to become different companies, and some chefs who had worked at Imahan opened their own restaurants with name Imahan. That’s why there are five companies having name Imahan now: Ningyocho Imahan, Imahan Honten, Imahan Bekkan, Asakusa Imahan, and Yoyogi Imahan. Ningyocho Imahan manages the largest number of restaurants among these Imahan restaurants.
Because Ningyocho Imahan is famous and regarded prestigious, wagyu slices sold at Ningyocho Imahan are chosen as a gift for special occasions in Japan.
You can also eat Shabu Shabu and Steak
Ningyocho Imahan is best known for sukiyaki, but you can also enjoy shabu shabu and steaks. As explained above, wagyu served here has the best quality; however you eat wagyu, it is going to be great. Try authentic Japanese wagyu in many different ways at Ningyocho Imahan!
Basic Info (as of 16 Nov. 2018)
There are 13 branches in Japan.
|Name||Ningyocho Imahan Ningyocho Main|
|Address||2-9-12, Nihonbashi Ningyocho, Chuo-ku, Tokyo, 03-0013|
|Name||Ningyocho Imahan Nihombashi Takashimaya S.C.|
|Address||Nihonbashi Takashimaya S.C. ANNEX 6th Floor, 2-5-1, Nihonbashi, Chuo-ku, Tokyo, 103-6106|
|Name||Ningyocho Imahan Tokyo Garden Terrace Kioicho|
|Address||Kioi Terrace 3rd Floor, Tokyo Garden Terrace Kioicho, 1-3, Kioicho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, 102-0094|
|Name||Ningyocho Imahan Ginza|
|Address||Kojun Building 5th Floor, 6-8-7, Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo, 104-0061|
|Name||Ningyocho Imahan Ueno Hirokoji|
|Address||Suzunoya Honten Building 6th Floor, 1-20-11, Ueno, Taito-ku, Tokyo, 110-0005|
|Name||Ningyocho Imahan Yurakucho|
|Address||Shin-Yurakucho Building B1 Floor, 1-21-1, Yurakucho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo|
|Name||Ningyocho Imahan Shinjuku Odakyu Dai-ichi Life Bldg.|
|Address||Odakyu Dai-ichi Life Building 1st Floor, 2-7-1, Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo, 163-0701|
|Name||Ningyocho Imahan Shinjuku Takashimaya|
|Address||Takashimaya Times Square Building 14th Floor, 5-24-2, Sendagaya, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, 151-0051|
|Name||Ningyocho Imahan Ikebukuro Tobu|
|Address||Restaurant Street Spice 15th Floor, 1-1-25, Nishi-Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo, 171-8512|
|Name||Ningyocho Imahan Maihama Ikspiari|
|Address||Ikspiari 406, 1-4, Maihama, Urayasu, Chiba, 279-8529|
Yokohama (Kanagawa), Japan
|Name||Ningyocho Imahan Yokohama Takashimaya|
|Address||Yokohama Takashimaya 8th Floor Rose Dining, 1-6-31, Minamisaiwai, Nishi-ku, Yokohama, Kanagawa, 220-8601|
Nagoya (Aichi), Japan
|Name||Ningyocho Imahan Nagoya Midland Square|
|Address||Midland Square 41st Floor, 4-7-1, Meieki, Nakamura-ku, Nagoya, Aichi|
Hakata (Fukuoka), Japan
|Name||Ningyocho Imahan JR Hakata City|
|Address||JR Hakata City 9th Floor, 1-1, Hakataeki Chuogai, Hakata-ku, Fukuoka, Fukuoka, 812-0012|
Reviews by Wagyu Authentic Members
Best sukiyaki that even Japanese have never experienced!
My husband and I chose Ningyocho Imahan as the place for first meeting with all of our family members before wedding because atmosphere, service, and wagyu is marvelous. Both families (all Japanese) enjoyed wagyu sukiyaki very much.
Because marbling is fat, some people say that well-marbled wagyu beef is sometimes too heavy for their stomach, but I felt that marbles of wagyu served at Ningyocho Imahan is very light. I was worried a little that marbled wagyu beef may be too heavy for my ex-grandmother, but she ate them all and told us that it was great.
To be honest, sashimi (raw fish) and tempura we ordered for side dishes were not the best, but wagyu sukiyaki is definitely one of the best I have eaten. My mother told me that it was the best sukiyaki she had ever had!
Reviewed by Kaide
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