Where to Find the Best Beef Stew in Japan’s Kanagawa Prefecture
Perfect for winter weather.
There are many ways to spend winter in Japan, but whether you're going skiing in Hokkaido or visiting an onsen outside Tokyo, don't forget to have a bowl of hot beef stew. While it usually takes almost a week for this dish to get just the right amount of tenderness, locals still love ordering this simmering pot of red wine, beef, and vegetables. Here, we list down some of the three best beef stew places in Kanagawa.
Dai-ichi Uchida Building, 2-27-6 Aoba-cho, Aoba-ku, Yokohama City, Kanagawa Prefecture
Open from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. daily except Mondays and third Tuesdays.
How to get there: It's a 10-minute walk from Tokyu Den-en-toshi Line Aobadai Station (North Exit).
Restaurant Tendre is a French restaurant that mainly serves stew and steak. With 45 years of experience in the kitchen, their chef has no problem marrying Western and Japanese flavors, which results in interesting dishes like steak with wasabi.
He is quite particular about the quality of meat the restaurant serves, so while there, make sure you order the Rank A5 Beef Stew (¥3,240 for dinner, ¥1,720 for half size, and an additional ¥560 for a salad and bread set). Cooked for about one week, the beef comes out so soft and tender that it cannot be eaten by just a fork. Another plus: This beef stew is cooked with the same original sauce it has been cooked with since the restaurant first opened.
The restaurant is best for a special day because a piano live concert is held there sometimes.
1/F Toyu Bldg., 3-14 Izumi-cho Atsugi City, Kanagawa Prefecture
Open daily from 11:30 a.m. to 1:40 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. except Tuesdays. Lunch hours are irregular and the restaurant closes when there is no food left.
How to get there: It's near the South Exit of Odakyu Line Hon-atsugi Station
UL+Ra is a restaurant that specializes in beef and tongue stew. While its name sounds modern, the present owner pays homage to tradition by using the same recipe that the restaurant has been using since half a century ago. Tongue Stew Rice (¥980) is served during lunch, while Kuroge Wagyu Steak (¥4,800) or an a la carte menu (¥480) is served during dinner.
Another must-try is the Beef Stew (¥1,980), which uses a smooth sauce created with Italian cooking wine Marsala. That's 200g of wagyu shank goodness with raw Japanese mushrooms.
china bistro Hassun
T&F Bldg.1, Noge-cho, Naka Ward, Yokohama City, Kanagawa Prefecture
Open from 4:30 p.m. to 12 a.m./Sundays:2:30 p.m. to 11 p.m./Saturdays & Japanese holidays until 11pm (last order is 60min. before closing); closed on Mondays
How to get there: 1-min. Walk from Yokohama Shiei Subway Sakuragicho Station (South 2B exit), or 5-min. Walk from JR Sakuragicho Station (South exit)
For those who enjoy a good mix of Chinese, Japanese, and western flavors on their plate, drop by china bistro Hassun, the sister store of an old Shanghai food shop called Jyogenro. Named after an appetizer dish in a traditional Japanese course meal called hassun, the restaurant serves amazing food best paired with a glass of wine.
To get this triumvirate of flavors, order their Beef Stew Made with Black Vinegar (¥1,382 for half size). The key to its distinct taste: red wine that has been boiled for a day with Japanese brisket and three years' ripened Chinese black vinegar.
Provided by Japan Walker™, Yokohama Walker™, and Walkerplus™ (10 January 2018)