Enjoy the highest-grade beef from Japanese Black cattle at Gion Karoku
Gion Karoku is on the south-side of Gion, on an area where you have a plethora of choices when it comes to fancy dining. It’s a popular Japanese BBQ (Yakiniku) restaurant where you can enjoy the best beef possible while you enjoy a view of the inner garden.
All the meat served at Gion Karoku has to meet the strict quality standards of the best Japanese Black cattle, which is why they only serve beef with a rating of A4 or better. The meat here is fatty and full of umami, but the taste is very refined, as expected from meat of this caliber. The beef cut with which you can taste this to its full potential is the under blade roast, which literally just melts in your mouth.
The restaurant is also famous for its dessert room. After you finish enjoying your meal, you’re guided to the dessert room on the second floor. The spirit lamps on the table are all lit, and the atmosphere is fantastic, perfect for something sweet after a tasty meal of wagyu beef.
The chef's recommended course
/ ￥13,000 per person
The A course consists of only specially selected Japanese black beef above the rank of A4 and is proudly recommended by the head chef.
This satisfying course begins with an assortment of Kimchi, followed by the choregi salad, 8 different styles of specially selected beef, Bibimbap and sorbet for dessert.
Under blade roast
The under blade roast even looks beautiful, but the taste is something I’d also like you to experience. You can have it with wasabi made in Shizuoka Prefecture or Karoku’s special tare, though it’s really good with either one.
Karoku classic: Special beef tongue with green onion and salt
This Karoku classic is eaten by grilling the tongue with the green onion and grated green onion inside it. While some of our readers may not be so versed in the world of beef innards, the tongue is a fairly easy one to start with, and at Karoku it tastes absolutely phenomenal, so I wish you’ll give it a try.
You can enjoy desserts and a cup of tea on the second floor after you finish your dinner, so it is my wish that you go up to the second floor to enjoy this room. The feeling you get here, reminiscing about the beef you just had; it’s just special.