More than beef or pork, horse meat has a high nutritional value, lower caloric count and is experiencing a sudden rise in popularity. Horse meat specialty shops have also been opening in succession. Among these, we’ve carefully selected the particularly popular ones.

1. Rocky Barikiya [Shibuya]

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This is a popular reservation-only restaurant that specializes in horse meat. The owner has a thorough knowledge of horse meat and offers various cuts of meat prepared in an optimal way. Customers should definitely order the sashimi which has a texture that melts in your mouth. Of course they also offer everything else from grilled meat to stew, so a large group of people can savor a variety of items.

HP: www.rocky-barikiya.com/ (Japanese Only)

Address: Premier Dogenzaka, 1-15-3, Dogenzaka, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo (Google Map)

2. Haneuma [Mita]

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This is a relaxed bar-style restaurant. The shop takes pride in their horse meat menu and their prices are also moderate. As a result, they get many customers who stop by in the evenings on their way home from work. Naturally, they offer fresh horse meat sashimi as well as salami, pate and many other items that go well with wine.

HP: www.haneuma.jp/ (Japanese Only)

Address: 1F Harada Bld., 5-22-5, Shiba, Minato-ku, Tokyo (Google Map)

3. Minoya [Morishita]

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This is a restaurant with quite a long history. It was established in 1897 and the current building is said to have been constructed in 1954. Their speciality is “sakura nabe” which is horse meat done sukiyaki-style. The light miso flavor of the soup compliments the tender horse meat. Based on your preference, you can dip it into some raw egg before you eat, making it all the more delicious.

HP: www.e-minoya.jp/ (Japanese Only)

Address: 2-19-9, Morishita, Koto-ku, Tokyo (Google Map)

4. 1 Pound Steak Hamburg Takeru [Akihabara]

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This is a steak speciality restaurant based in Osaka. Although there is still only one branch in Tokyo, since you can eat an abundance of high quality meat here, it’s quickly become popular. You order your desired quantity of horse meat steak and it comes to you with a well-browned outside and a juicy inside, making it very easy to eat.

HP: tabelog.com/tokyo/A1310/A131001/13183200/ (Japanese Only)

Address: 3-2-11 Sotokanda, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo (Google Map)

5. Bakurou [Kanda]

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Although this is a typical izakaya, horse meat cuisine is their speciality. You can enjoy their moderately priced offerings ranging from their fresh horse meat sashimi, “basashi”, flash-grilled horse meat, to nabe (hot pot). They also have a large variety of alcohol so you can also enjoy finding the right brand of alcohol to go with your dishes.

HP: www.bakurou.com/ (Japanese Only)

Address: 1F Takeshima Bld., 3-4-8, Kanda, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo (Google Map)

6. Sanbariki [Ikebukuro]

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Their grilled horse meat is cheap and you can enjoy yourself in a casual atmosphere. You can feel their love of horse meat, when each cut of meat is carefully grilled until it’s delicious, using a hot iron plate. Their sashimi is also recommended since it’s delivered fresh from the source.

HP: sambariki.com/ (Japanese Only)

Address: 1F Daisan Kudo Bld., 2-35-2, Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo (Google Map)

7. Banikuya Takeshi [Ebisu]

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Managed by a gourmet comedian, this is a reservation-only horse meat speciality restaurant. They offer a general variety of cuisine from sashimi to grilled meat. The horse meat chahan (fried rice) is particularly recommended as well as the miso soup, “Uma Shiru”. For the chahan, the meat is cut into cubes and tossed in. The miso soup has a good dashi base and is perfect for finishing off a meal.

HP: www.hotpepper.jp/strJ000698024/?vos=nhpp03 (Japanese Only)

Address: 1-25-11 Ebisu, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo (Google Map)


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