Let's Go for Crab! Top Crab Dishes to Have in Tokyo This Winter

Publish-date: Dec 11 2017 Update-date: Nov 18 2018
Author: SAVOR JAPAN

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Let's Go for Crab! Top Crab Dishes to Have in Tokyo This Winter

Seafood is particularly good in the winter, and crab is one type of seafood that you'll really want to get your fill of. Crab is always one of the most popular products for home delivery for New Year's holiday. There is a variety of them - such as snow crab, matsuba crab, and red king crab - and different parts to enjoy, such as the brown meat. For this list, 4 crab restaurants - from casual to slightly luxurious ones - have been carefully selected.

1. Akasaka Kitafuku

1. Akasaka Kitafuku

Savor the marriage of live crabs and wine in a luxurious zashiki (tatami seating) setting. Akasaka Kitafuku - located close to the crossing at Akasaka in Tokyo - is a calm space for sophisticated diners. It is a place where you can forget about the outside world and lose yourself in sumptuous crab cuisine. The crab dishes here, such as the [Kisetsu no Hassun], are highly recommended.

Let's Go for Crab! Top Crab Dishes to Have in Tokyo This Winter

[Yaki Gani] is red king crab that has been patiently grilled on high-grade Binchotan charcoal.

Let's Go for Crab! Top Crab Dishes to Have in Tokyo This Winter

There is a dedicated chef in each room. Enjoy the luxury of seeing food prepared right in front of your eyes.

Akasaka Kitafuku

Open: [Weekdays, Saturday, Day before National Holidays] 5:00 pm - 00:00 am (L.O. 10:00 pm) Last entry 10:00 pm
[Weekdays, Saturday, Day before National Holidays] Lunch 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm By reservation only
Closed: Sunday, National Holidays
Average price: [Dinner] 30,000 JPY / [Lunch] 30,000 JPY
Access: Around a 3-minute walk from Akasaka Station
Address: 7F, Kokusai Amano Bldg., 3-13-6, Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo
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2. Deep Sea Crab

2. Deep Sea Crab

Deep Sea Crab, which is right by Gotanda Station, is a restaurant where you can enjoy rare crab from South Africa with a variety of other seafood. At this restaurant, you can try the rare [Deep Sea Red Crab], which is sweet and juicy, and lives off the coast of Cape Town, 600m underwater. There is a full selection of other dishes on the menu as well.

Deep Sea Crab 

Open: 6:00 pm - 11:00 pm (L.O. 10:30 pm) L.O. (Food 10:00 pm, Drinks 10:30 pm) *Sunday, National Holidays L.O. 9:00 pm
Closed: Monday (may close on Sunday or National Holidays. please call to confirm.)
Average price: 5,000 JPY
[Course] 3,980 JPY, 4,700 JPY, 5,500 JPY
Access: Around a 2-minute walk from Exit A4 of Gotanda Station
Address: B1F, Nobbles Ikedayama, 5-24-7, Higashi Gotanda, Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo
Source: hitosara (Japanese) 

3. Hokkaido Banya Tokyo Ningyo-cho Branch

3. Hokkaido Banya Tokyo Ningyo-cho Branch

Hokkaido Banya is a restaurant right by Ningyocho Station, where you can get your fill of super fresh crab procured directly from Hokkaido. The restaurant is so dedicated to freshness that every dish uses ingredients that have been sent directly from Hokkaido by plane every day. There is a wide selection of crabs, such as snow crab and red king crab, that can be enjoyed in a variety of ways.

Let's Go for Crab! Top Crab Dishes to Have in Tokyo This Winter

The [Kani Nabe] is perfect for the upcoming season. Warm up with the luxurious flavor of crab stock.

Let's Go for Crab! Top Crab Dishes to Have in Tokyo This Winter

With ingredients flown from Hokkaido every day, the restaurant has a reputation as a place where "you can enjoy the flavors of Hokkaido even more than in Hokkaido!"

Hokkaido Banya Tokyo Ningyo-cho Branch

Open: [Weekdays, Saturday, National Holidays, Day before National Holidays]  Lunch 11:00 am - 2:30 pm, Operates as ""Butaichi"" - a restaurant specializing in pork bowls from Obihiro, Hokkaido - during lunch hours
[Weekdays, Saturday, National Holidays, Day before National Holidays] 
Dinner 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm, Operates as ""Hokkaido Banya"" during dinner hours
[Saturday] 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
[National Holidays, Festival Days] 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Closed: Sunday, Beginning and end of the year
Average price: [Dinner] 3.500 JPY / [Lunch] 800 JPY
Access: 5-minute walk from Exit A5 of Ningyocho Station towards Horidome-cho Crossing
Address: 1F, Nihonbashi Shigematsu Bldg., 1-8-11, Nihonbashi Horidome-cho, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
Source: hitosara (Japanese) 

4. Ubuka

4. Ubuka

Crustaceans are the stars of the courses at this restaurant. Sometimes rare crab and shrimp are used. The chef's selection course with 8 items is a great way to enjoy the flavors of shrimp and crab in a variety of different ways. Rare shrimp and crab, such as ibacus lobster and a type of red king crab called "milk gani", are used depending on their availability.

Ubuka

Open: [Weekdays, Saturday, Day before National Holidays] 6:00 pm - 00:00 am (L.O. 11:30 pm)
Closed: Sunday, National Holidays
Average price: [Dinner] 10,000 JPY
Access: 3-minute walk from Yotsuya-Sanchome Station
Address: 1F, IS 2 Bldg., 2-14, Araki-cho, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
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Disclaimer: All information is accurate at time of publication.

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Publish-date: Dec 11 2017 Update-date: Nov 18 2018
Author: SAVOR JAPAN

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