Mar. 26, 2019 UPDATE

Kyoto Nakasei Nikuzuki

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Kyoto Nakasei Nikuzuki is a pioneer of dry-aged beef in Kyoto and offers excellent meat dishes
Furukawamachi Shopping Street has become a hot area for tourists as there are more and more hostels around this area. The restaurant Kyoto Nakasei Nikuzuki is located close to Sanjo Street on Furukawamachi Shopping Street, and from it you can see the Kamo River. The restaurant is run by one of the most famous and traditional butchers in Kyoto, and they have four generations worth of experience in the meat business here in Kyoto. At Nikuzuki the beef they use is from Tajima cattle, an old and long-cherished pure breed of Japanese black cattle. The top priority at this restaurant is taste, not the looks of the dishes, and the main actor is, of course, the meat. The meat they serve is aged from 4 to 12 weeks, meaning the already great taste and flavor of the Japanese beef is concentrated even further. If you experience the meat here, I’m sure you’ll be enlightened about the true flavor of Japanese beef.
Premium aged steak (around 200g)
Premium aged steak (around 200g) / ¥13,960
The prices differ based on the cut of the meat, the extra premium which requires an advance reservation is ¥16,800, the premium is ¥13,960, quality-cut for ¥8,640, medium for ¥6,480, and normal for ¥4,320. The steak in the picture is a premium 200g aitchbone steak for ¥13,960.
Hamburg steak from aged beef (around 180g)
Hamburg steak from aged beef (around 180g) / ¥3,240
This Hamburg steak is made from about 50% beef and 50% pork. This Hamburg steak is one of the most popular menu items of this restaurant, and when you take a bite, you’ll know why: you get a mouthful of juicy, beefy goodness. The beef also goes beautifully with the salt from Okinawa’s Yagaji Island you’re served with it.
Waiting-for-the-beef set
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Waiting-for-the-beef set / ¥2,160
This is a set of soup, salad, and the daily appetizer you can have when waiting for your steak. The daily appetizer is different every day, and you may get something like roast beef or rillettes. In the picture is terrine topped with beets and carrots.
Pasta with aged beef sauce
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Pasta with aged beef sauce / ¥1,480
At this restaurant, even pasta is mainly about meat. This pasta is something you can only have at Nikuzuki: you have copious amounts of aged beef in the sauce, and when the pasta sucks up the umami from the meat, you have something wonderful on your hands.
How to Order

Nikuzuki menu

They have the day’s menu written on a blackboard, but only in Japanese, so ask the staff when you want to order. There’s also an illustration with the cuts of beef they use marked on it. 

- Order Tips -

If you want your dinner to be additive or gluten-free, tell this to the restaurant when making a reservation. 

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This restaurant has a romantic feel to it, and you can have aged beef while you gaze out at the Kamo River. Their Hamburg steak was really juicy and a little bit pink inside, and the quality of the meat was just excellent. If you want to have a steak, you can choose which part of the cow you want to try. The best way to taste the real taste of the beef is medium rare so that the outside is cooked but inside it’s rare. Get a glass of red wine and we’re ready!
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Kyoto Nakasei Nikuzuki / 京都 中勢以 月
Category Wagyu / Steak
Phone +81 75-748-1429
Address 573 Inari-cho Kitagumi, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture
Directions Take exit 2 from subway Higashiyama Station, and go through Furukawa Shopping Street. It’ll take about 7 minutes to get to the restaurant.
Open Hours 11:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. (Last orders at 2:00 p.m.) 5:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. (Last orders at 9:00 p.m.)
Reservations Accepted.
Closed Open every day unless otherwise noted.
Price range
Credit cards JCB, AMEX, Diners / Accepted.
Good for Romantic, With Friends, Families with Children
Overseas Tourist-Friendly
They can speak English. They can also explain in English about the cuts of beef they use.
Menu The lunch menu is in English.
Lanuages spoken English.
Number of seats For 24 people.
Private dining rooms No.
Non smoking / smoking Nonsmoking.
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