Miyagi Prefecture

Fatty Gyutan at Datenari

Datenari, a restaurant in Sendai that serve both Gyutan (Beef Tongue) and high grade Beef.

Their famous Gyutan is  Sendai Hanasaki Fatty Gyutan. This dish have two different grade and the higher grade is 4800yen (below).


They also serve different cuts of the high grade beef .They provide you a picture where you can try to match the japanese character so you know where the cut come from.


And don’t forget to order your Japanese soju 🙂


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Mouth Watering A5 Beef at Kotora

One of my plan in my Japan tour is to eat the A5 grade beef.

I tried Kobe beef in Kobe ( i will post later ), Waygu beef in Tokyo and but still they are not the highest grade i am looking for but finally in Sendai, i found it.

One of  restaurant is Kotora and it is the popular restaurant among the locals.

They have a few branch and the most convenient branch is at Sendai Train Station.

The sad part is that they don’t have English menu and none of the waiter/waitress can speak english. But i am  lucky that one of the helper in the kitchen happen to come from Philippine and they find her to be my  interpreter. 🙂

The best part is that when i told them i am here to try different kind of beef including the A5 beef, they surprise me by customizing a set that is not on the menu.

The customized meal set include A5 Sendai beef, and another 4 set of high grade beef from different part of the cow and one the part is the cow butt :D.

They also provide instruction on how to grill it and the sauce to match.


The quality of the meat is just so fantastic that it melts in the mouth.

Even though it started with some language barrier, everything turn out so perfect in the end. This is one of the best experiences i had in Japan.

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Juicy Gyutan at Rikyu

For whatever reasons, if you happen to be in Sendai, try the local dish Gyutan (Beef Tongue).

Sendai is the original creator of Gyutan and it is only about 1 1/2 hours via shinkansen from Tokyo.

One of the popular Gyutan restaurant is the Rikyu which is located directly at Sendai Train Station.

They have English menu with pictures so it really make it easy for you to order. They also have a lot of different varieties of beef tongue set, eg Premium Stewed Beef tongue set, Beef Tongue curry set, Stewed beef tongue with white creams set etc

I ordered the Super special (kiwami) dish of beef tongue set dinner. (the beef tongue is charcoal grilled). This is also the most expensive set as well but it cost only 2106 yen.

The set include a bowl of beef cubes as appetizer, a bowl of rice, a tasty soup, and a big plate of beef tongue as shown below.

To be honest, i am not a fan of beef tongue but i really love the beef tongue here a lot as it is so tender and tasty unlike those i ate in the past. Remember to pour the soy sauce over the beef tongue to add flavor to it. 🙂


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