In one of the many “must do” lists I read for things to eat and drink in Tokyo was Gyukatsu. Fried Japanese Wagyu Beef is having a moment apparently. So of course, we wanted to enjoy that moment!

Walking around Shinjuku on the verge of the Kabuchiko district (think red light district) are tons of places to eat and drink.

Sometimes too much choice is as bad as none at all, and after some indecision we saw the sign for gyuatsu at a place we think is called Aona (but it’s hard to tell). Very welcoming, and we are so glad we went it.



The place is small, but has such a cool vibe. Love the samurai on the wall!


The service was very friendly and helpful in as much English and Japanese that we could share together. Dave had the mixed beef set and I had the wagyu set. It was melt in your mouth delicious and buttery slices of fried steak.


Each came with a lot of rice, a salad, and instructions on how to dip your fried steak into the sauces provided. So helpful, and really fun!

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