Absolutely not to be missed!4 Best recommended “beef tongue” restaurants to enjoy in Sendai.


Absolutely not to be missed!4 Best recommended “beef tongue” restaurants to enjoy in Sendai.

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Sendai’s famous specialty dish is most assuredly their “beef tongue”.
There are many shops and restaurants, ranging from the traditional to the chain establishments, but you’d definitely like to visit a place with delicious food.
So, this time I’d like to introduce plenty of popular beef tongue restaurants.

Sendai’s famous original grilled beef tongue restaurant, upholding and defending the traditional beef tongue tastes and techniques!
Aji Tasuke Honten

Said to be the birthplace of Sendai’s grilled beef tongue (Gyutanyaki), “Aji Tasuke” is a venerable restaurant that first opened in 1957.
The grilled beef tongue is full of flavor that spreads out into your mouth every time you chew, and the melt-in-the mouth oxtail soup, both creations of the original owner, are exceptionally delicious and reasonably priced!
It’s a popular menu item that everyone orders.
The secret flavours and techniques, a tradition inherited from the time the restaurant opened, is steadfastly upheld, and you should visit and experience it at least once.

Established in 1957.

The grilled beef tongue’s rich flavor spreads into your mouth with every bite

The oxtail broth permeates through


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Address 4 Chome 4-13 Ichibancho, Aoba Ward, Sendai City, Miyagi Prefecture
Business hours 11:30 - 22:00
Regular holidays Tuesdays

In addition to the thick-cut beef tongue, Miyagi’s fresh seafood can also be enjoyed here.
Gyutan Sumiyaki Rikyu

Rikyu’s beef tongue has remained faithful to the original flavor recipe since it first opened, and is popular with tourists and regulars alike.
The original thick-cut juicy beef tongue is so tender, it can be cut with chopsticks.The lunchtime menu is dominated by the fragrant, charcoal-grilled beef tongue set meal, but at night, the menu becomes more tavern-style, offering not only beef tongue, but also local Miyagi seafood dishes and sake.
It’s beef tongue, of course, but this is a charming and attractive restaurant where you can enjoy the variety of flavors.

A restaurant popular with tourists and regulars alike.

Lunchtime recommendation: Beef Tongue Set Meal

Gyutan Sumiyaki Rikyu


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Address 2-1-18 Yaotomechuo, Izumi Ward, Sendai City, Miyagi Prefecture
Business hours Lunch 11:30 - 15:00 Dinner 15:00 - 23:00
(last orders 22:30)
Regular holidays Open every day

A Sendai specialty restaurant that serves “charcoal grilled beef tongue”.
Aji no Gyutan Kisuke

Talking of Sendai’s beef tongue?
The first name you will hear is “Aji no Gyutan Kisuke”, Sendai’s best beef tongue restaurant, which has been open for the past 42 years.
With particular attention in creating the genuine traditional flavor, the beef tongue is marinated for several days to bring out its umami (natural flavor).
And the flavorful beef tongue is at once expertly grilled by artisan chefs.
The beef tongue goes extraordinarily well with the barley and Hitomebore rice blend.
Juicy, flavorful and crispy beef tongue, and collagen-rich oxtail soup, skilfully prepared — do visit if you’d like to try them.

Boasting 42 years of service since its establishment, this is Sendai’s foremost beef tongue restaurant.

Beef tongue, bursting with umami

Aji no Gyutan Kisuke


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Address Ichibankan Building B1F, 1 Chome-6-19 Ichibancho, Aoba Ward, Sendai City, Miyagi Prefecture
Business hours Monday - Friday: lunch, 11:30 - 13:30; afternoons 13:30 - 15:00; evenings 17:00 - 22:00. Saturday, Sunday and Holidays: 11:30 - 21:00.
Regular holidays New Year’s Day (no regular closing days)

Very thick and extremely tender “center cut” beef tongue in a modern setting.
Date no Gyutan Honpo

A modern arrangement of the “center cut" tongue, “Date no Gyutan Honpo” is a menu special, thickly cut and especially tender.
The beef tongue’s original chewy texture is preserved, but is soft and easy to eat.
There are non-reservable limited quantities, so you’ll want to order the menu items you want the most, first.The interior has a modern atmosphere, so it’s quite suitable for a date.Other than stewed tongue, they also have additional menu items like tongue curry, which even children can enjoy!

Modern-style restaurant.
Also recommended for a date.

Cooked to a chewy consistency, soft, easy-to-eat beef tongue.

Date no Gyutan Honpo


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Address 4 Chome 10-11 Chuo, Aoba Ward, Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture
Business hours 11:00 - 22:00 (last orders 21:30)
Regular holidays New Years’ Holiday
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