Located in Ginza, Gyu-an is a hole-in-the-wall steak restaurant in Tokyo which is known for affordable Kobe beef, with their set lunches starting from ¥1,000.
Gyu-an is a humble restaurant with traditional Japanese-style decor and it specialises in Kobe beef. While most of the staff are elderly aunties who do not speak much English, they are very friendly and welcoming.
The restaurant offers a variety of beef dishes to choose from, including steak, sukiyaki, shabu-shabu or Hamburg steak. Prices range from ¥1,000 to ¥2,000 for the set lunches, while you can also get premium Kobe Beef Fillet Steak at ¥16,200.
We had the Kobe Lean Beef Steak (¥5,900 for 200g) and while the beef was good, it was a tad too lean for our liking.
Served on a hot plate, the sukiyaki-style beef (¥1,300) was excellent value for the quality and portion of the meat, especially for a restaurant in Ginza. We’d highly recommend this dish.
Do note that they only accept walk-ins during lunch while you can make a reservation for dinner. Gyu-an is a place where you can have a great meal and enjoy Kobe beef without breaking the bank.
6 Chome-13-6 Ginza, Chuo City
Tokyo 104-0061, Japan