Tokyo: shabu shabu rituals with a cinematic twist at Nagatacho Kurosawa
Named after the legendary Japanese film director Akira Kurosawa and run by the Kurosawa family, this intimate and cosy dining establishment is the perfect choice for some shabu shabu treats whilst in Tokyo. Not familiar with the shabu shabu sound of the swishing meat in the hot broth? No problem, we’ve got you covered!
The area as we approach the restaurant looks upscale, neat and quiet… after all, it’s home to many governmental establishments, including the Prime Minister’s office, with few commercial outposts. Nagatacho Kurosawa is one of them, a dimly lit and charming restaurant that emanates tradition and history as you go through the sliding wooden-framed shoji door.
The old home-like establishment is split across two levels with a total of 4 different seating options, so we go upstairs to traditionally feast over the shared grill and some floor seating. The menus are titled after Kurosawa films and are generally based on the meat you will choose for your shabu shabu: pork, beef or mix. There’s also an a la carte menu if you wanna dig to the handmade noba noodles they’re also popular for.
The waiter comes to fill the hot pot with clear dashi broth and light up the fire. Whilst we wait for the meat to be served, they bring us the starter which is comprised of some greeneries and a jelly tomato salad. Nothing spectacular but a nice segue to cleanse our palate and get us ready for the real stuff. Thinly sliced Kurobuta pork and Kagoshima black beef is served, both on which the texture is remarkably marbled! And along we play! Shabu shabu comes also with some mushrooms, carrots and greens but little role do they play against the yummy meat.
At the end of the meal, they serve us the cold noba noodles the experts carefully prepare downstairs in the traditional Japanese manner. A nice refreshing touch to finish off a lovely meal with friends by the fire!