When people in Japan think of Mie, Matsusaka beef often comes to mind. One of the best ways to savor world-famous beef brands from Mie, such as Matsusaka beef and Iga beef, is with a hot pot stew called sukiyaki. If you want to try it, here is a list of popular restaurants in Mie that make fantastic sukiyaki. Enjoy the melt-in-the-mouth deliciousness of premium meats!
1. Matsuzakagyu Nikuryori Matsumura
This restaurant specializes in premium meats like Matsusaka beef and specially selected Kuroge Wagyu (a type of high-quality beef). Their [Matsusaka Beef Sukiyaki] is a superb dish of ultra-tender meat with an enhanced aroma. They simmer it as if grilling, over the charcoal fire, and add the vegetables later, which is a Kansai-style cooking method that maintains the quality of the meat.
From the windows of the private rooms you can enjoy the lovely view of a Japanese garden
Don't miss this opportunity to savor top-rated Matsusaka beef with fine marbling
Matsuzakagyu Nikuryori Matsumura
Open: [Monday, Tuesday, Thursday - Sunday, Holidays, Day Before Holidays] Lunch 11:30 - 15:00 / Dinner 17:00 - 21:00 (last order 20:00)
Average price: [Dinner] 12,000 JPY / [Lunch] 10,000 JPY
Access: A 15-minute walk from Kintetsu Shima Line, Shima Akasaki station. It is near Toba Central Park.
Address: 20-4 Oaki Higashimachi , Toba, Mie
2. Ebiya Daishokudo
This famed restaurant offers you a full experience of Ise and its products. Located right by the torii (shrine gates) of the Naiku of Ise Jingu, you should stop here for a meal if you're paying your respects at Ise Jingu. Sourced from a well-known butcher shop called Asahiya, their high-quality Matsusaka beef comes with exquisite marbling. Dip it briefly in their homemade warishita (soup for sukiyaki) and enjoy!
Try their [Homemade Roast Beef] of carefully selected Matsusaka Beef to enjoy the rich umami (Japanese savory taste) of this meat
The delicious red sea bream produced in Ise is used in their [Ise Red Sea Bream Chazuke] (green tea or broth poured on top of rice), which is super meaty and lacks any unpleasant odor
Open: [Weekday, Saturday, Sunday and holidays] 11:00 - 15:40
Average price: [Dinner] 1,500 JPY
Access: 20-minute walk from Isuzugawa Station.
Address: 13 Ujiimazaike cho, Ise, Mie
3. IGA BEEF Kanaya
This is where gourmands head to taste "the real Wagyu." Join them to indulge in delicacies with a century-old tradition. This restaurant has been serving sukiyaki of meticulously selected Iga beef, a meat that stands up to Matsusaka beef and Kobe beef, for 4 generations. This is the only place where you can taste the high-grade flavor of cattle raised with love by a farmer in the district of Iga.
Iga Ueno is the castle town of Iga Ueno Castle. The restaurant is a stylish 2-storey wooden building that stands along the main street
There are 10 private rooms, big and small, and even a 127 sq.m banquet hall with movable partition walls to adapt it to the number of customers
IGA BEEF Kanaya
: [Tuesday - Sunday, National Holidays] 11:00 am - 8:30 pm (L.O. 7:30 pm)Closed
: Monday, Beginning and end of the year (December 29 - January 3)
*If Monday is a National Holiday, closed on Tuesday insteadAverage price
: [Dinner] 7,722 JPY / [Lunch] 7,722 JPYAccess
: 1 minute walk from Hirokoji Station, heading east. Phone the restaurant if you are unsure of the location. Parking available.Address
: 434, Ueno Nonin-machi, Iga-shi, Mie MapMore Details
4. Matsusaka Maruyoshi Kamada Main Branch
Established over 50 years ago in the city of Matsusaka in Mie Prefecture, this restaurant is directly managed by a butcher specializing in Matsusaka beef. Carefully selected based on the extensive expertise gained by the butcher shop over a period of 50 years, the Matsusaka beef delicacies served here are available for an incredibly reasonable price. Make sure you try their Matsusaka beef classic - sukiyaki of marbled loin.
Go for the shabu-shabu (sliced meat parboiled with vegetables) to reduce the fat while savoring the original umami (Japanese savory taste) of the meat
From a whole 600kg cow you can only get around 10kg of the premium loin used for this steak
Matsusaka Maruyoshi Kamada Main Branch
: [Monday, Tuesday, Thursday - Sunday, National Holidays] 10:00 am - 9:30 pm (L.O. 8:30 pm)Closed
: Wednesday (Open if it's a National Holiday)Average price
: [Dinner] 3,500 JPYAccess
: Around 15 minutes by car from the Matsusaka Interchange on the Ise Expressway. Located 541m from Matsusaka Station.Address
: 239-2, Kamada-cho, Matsusaka-shi, Mie MapMore Details
5. IGA BEEF Kanaya Kikyogaoka Branch
Served in private Japanese-style rooms on the 2nd floor, the traditional flavor of Iga beef is sure to delight! Considered an excellent meat that may even surpass Matsusaka beef and Kobe beef, Iga beef is a delicacy you can only taste here. IGA BEEF Kanaya also offers many dishes made with ingredients other than meat that have been procured from local stores.
The 2nd floor has only Japanese-style private rooms. The staff will be glad to assist you in anything you need
The [Iga Meat Tenderloin Steak] is made with carefully grilled tenderloin meat with a luxurious tenderness
IGA BEEF Kanaya Kikyogaoka Branch
: [Tuesday - Sunday, National Holidays, Day before National Holidays] 11:00 am - 9:00 pm (L.O. 8:00 pm)
*The 1st floor restaurant closed for preparations Tuesday - Friday 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm and Saturday, Sunday, National Holidays 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm (L.O. 2:30 pm)
*L.O. for Lunch service 2:30 pmClosed
*If Monday is a National Holiday, closed the next day insteadAverage price
: [Dinner] 3,000 JPY / [Lunch] 1,500 JPYAccess
: Around 20 minutes by car from the Ueno Interchange on the Meihan Expressway towards Nabari. Get onto Route 165 and turn left, and it is located on the left after around 2 minutes.Address
: 8-5-3, Kikyogaoka, Nabari-shi, Mie MapMore Details
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