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[Tokyo, Osaka and Nagoya] Chikuyotei (竹葉亭): The Unagi Master That Earned the Coveted Michelin Star

Perfecting the Art of Unagi Cuisine for Over a Century

Welcome to Chikuyotei, the revered Japanese fine-dining chain that has made waves in the culinary world by perfecting the art of Unagi (Japanese Eel) cuisine. With over a century of expertise under its belt, Chikuyotei has become a name synonymous with elegance and excellence.

As the first Unagi restaurant in Japan to be awarded the prestigious Michelin Star, Chikuyotei has become a favorite among foodies, writers, and artists alike. One of its signature dishes is the Edo-style eel, which has captured the hearts and palates of many. This classic eel restaurant has been serving up this delicacy since the end of the Edo era, using top-quality eels sliced open from the back and broiled to perfection.

What makes Chikuyotei’s “Edo-style” eel unique is the meticulous preparation that goes into it. Each eel is broiled once, steamed, and dipped into a secret sauce before a final broiling. The result is a dish that bursts with flavor and texture, transporting your taste buds to the heart of Japan.

But Chikuyotei is not just about eels. The restaurant also boasts a diverse menu of Japanese specialties, including fresh sea bream and rice served with green tea. At the Nagoya branch, one of the most famous and popular dishes is the chopped grilled eel bowl, or Hitsumabushi, which is a beloved local food in Nagoya.

Hitsumabushi is a dish that is as versatile as it is delicious. At Chikuyotei, you can enjoy it in three different ways. First, savor the eel’s taste as it is. Then, try adding seasonings such as wasabi, green onion, and Japanese pepper to enhance the flavors. Finally, pour in the soup and let it mingle with the eel and rice to create a symphony of flavors that will leave you craving for more.

Chikuyotei is not just a restaurant, it is an experience. From the moment you step in, you are transported to a world of elegance and refinement. So if you are looking to indulge in some of the best Japanese cuisine in the world, head over to Chikuyotei and let your taste buds embark on a journey of a lifetime.

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