October 23, 2014

Reasonable shabu shabu at a house restaurant in Yanaka

Close colleagues organized a dinner at a Japanese house restaurant "Kiri (吉里)" in Yanaka (谷中), an old downtown. Kiri consists of a lot of private rooms, which are suitable for private gathering as well as business entertainment. Although Kiri looks an expensive restaurant, they offer reasonable dishes. Despite the exterior, the atmosphere is cozy and relaxing thanks to their friendly staff.
Japanese house restaurant "Kiri"
Private room
Several starters and sashimi
Wagyu beef shabu shabu
Ponzu sauce and sesame sauce for shabu shabu
Rice, miso soup and pickles
Matcha, green powdered tea
The above set meal of shabu shabu using wagyu beef costs JPY3,500. Free-flow drinks including alcohol is just JPY1,800. The price setting is similar to that of izakaya chain restaurants. Thinking of the good atmosphere at a Japanese old house, it is very reasonable. Dishes were normally delicious. The quality of wagyu beef might be not so high, but good enough. More importantly, we could be relaxed as much as we wanted even though the free-flow time was finished (it's quite exceptional!). Value for money! My rating is 3.7 out of 5. Gochiso-samadeshita!


  1. Hi Megumogu,
    I would have couple of questions for you about restaurants in tokyo, but offline.can you send me your email by email. Thank you. Max. ledfordmax@yahoo.ca

  2. Dear Mr. Max Ledford,

    Thank you so much for your message! Though I tried to send an email to your designated email, but the address seems improper and I couldn't email to you. Would you please write down your questions on this blog or give me your correct address? Many thanks!

  3. Thanks Megumogu. Here is the address:

  4. Dear Mr. Max,

    Thank you for your clarification!
    Kindly check your email as I already emailed to you.