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“Best shabu shabu in Tokyo?”
Review of Kisoji Shinjuku

Kisoji Shinjuku
Ranked #32 of 8,846 Restaurants in Shinjuku
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $27 - $45
Cuisines: Japanese
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Dining options: Reservations
Neighborhood: Shinjuku
Reviewed October 6, 2013

Had a great meal. Great service. They took reservations. Incredible beef. Glad we saw that it was across from Uniqlo. If you read Chinese, you can match the restaurant to the correct building. It is one building among five? Also, glad we could walk dry via the Shinjuku station.

10  Thank MyronQ
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Reviewed August 12, 2013

This is not an easy restaurant to find. My wife and I spent a good 45 minutes searching and despite asking multiple people, including the police, we were on the verge of giving up. I was able to speak to someone on the phone who gave us perfect directions to it. If you come out of the Shinjuku Sanchomae station it is in a building across the road from Bic Camera/Uniqlo on the 5th Floor.

Upon arriving we were led to a traditional room with an induction plate in the middle of the table. We were sat down and given menus in English which was a huge plus. We decided to order the Premium Beef which was about JPY 10,000 per person. We were given a nice salad to begin with and then the actual shabu shabu meal is delivered to you.

The beef was incredibly marbled and was nothing like I'd ever seen before. There are many places around the world that offer wagyu style beef however nothing compares to what was on offer at the restaurant. You're given two dipping sauces - a thick sesame paste that reminds me of tahini in flavour and a plum and soy vinegar sauce. Along with the sauces you're given some extra enhancements such as spring onions, garlic, chilli and radish.

The flavour of the beef was out of this world. The fat just melts out of the beef leaving you with an incredibly tender slice that will literally dissolve in your mouth. The sauces complement the beef very well.

You're given the choice of udon noodles or Chinese noodles. We opted for the former. The noodles were incredibly fresh and cooked within seconds. Along with the noodles we were given the usual shabu shabu vegetables - carrots, cabbage, mushrooms etc. All were very fresh and created a lovely soup to have.

The service, like in many places in Japan, was impeccable. Despite the language difficulties the staff were very helpful and showed us how to properly cook everything. They tried their hardest to communicate with us and we with them.

Overall this was an absolute fantastic meal and well worth the time spent searching for it. It isn't cheap however the quality of the food is well worth the price and it is worth going to if you are in Japan for a special occasion.

My wife and I will definitely return here when we come back to visit Tokyo.

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10  Thank Nikhil C
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Reviewed June 28, 2013

A return visit to this hidden away restaurant only a few yards from Shingawa Station confirmed that the first visit wasn't a one off. Just across the road from the station stationing by one of the exits to the Gonzalez line metro this restaurant is tucked away in a basement. Very attentive staff with a good grasp of English makes this an easy place to experience Shabu Shabu. The Khobi beef is of the highest quality and melted in the mouth. All in all a great place to eat as a couple or with friends.

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1  Thank Likesmifood
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Reviewed May 19, 2013

We tried to find this restaurant based on the previous reviews. It was difficult and we had to ask twice nearby for directions but even the bookstore refeferred to in a previous review did not know of the restaurant. It is true that there is no name in English outside.

Look for the P.F. SA store (business wear) shown on our picture here and take the elevator to the 5th floor. Once you are there, there are menus in English and there is also good English spoken by the staff.

It was as good as commented by other reviewers and it definitely to be recommended if you are in the area and want to try shabu shabu.

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1  Thank CPHworldtravellers
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Reviewed November 7, 2012 via mobile

It's not cheap, but the place is smart and the service is excellent. A great place for kobe beef shabu shabu or sukiyaki.

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Set menu per person starts from Y5000 to Y11000, depending on the grade of beef chosen. You'll definitely be full at the end, as there's loads of food. Set aside 2+ hours as it'll take that long for your meal! English menu available.

Pros:
The beef is excellent, so tender and tasty. Service is great, they cook for you. Location is excellent, next to the Kinokuniya bookstore in Ginza, before you reach Isetan. It's on the opposite side of the road from Uniqlo. We got lost trying to find it. But this shabu shabu chain seems to be extremely well known. The 3 locals we asked all commented that the beef there is excellent.

Cons:
Hard to find. Slightly pricey if you don't place much value on Kobe beef. The beef itself probably cost Y3000 out of the Y5000 set menu.

2  Thank dahokolomok
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