Good thing my dinner reservation was not until 9:45pm or my stomach would have exploded on me.
Yoroniku is not the easiest to find. The yakiniku restaurant is hidden in a quiet alley about
ten minutes away from Omotesando Station
Look for this sign
Then take the stairs down to the basement
The bar greets you as you enter the restaurant
Once seated, I was given the menu and this paper illustrating the anatomy of a cow.
Different parts are labeled along with their corresponding prices.
To keep things simple, I ordered the tasting menu so I could try as many different cuts.
My set came with a welcome snack, an assortment of kimchi, green salad, 9 pieces of meat, noodles, and dessert.
Welcome snack of tofu topped with caviar
Appetizers of shredded tripe, penis (I am not kidding), and beef tartare
When I was done taking photos of everything, my table looked like this. So please forgive me
for not taking down notes. I was too busy living and eating the moment.
My server cooked everything for me. Very patiently, one piece at a time.
Before she put each piece on the grill, she would point to my macho buddy here
to show me which part of it the meat came from
The tongue. And this is all I could recall.
I don't remember which beef part the succeeding pieces were, but what I still remember is how heart-wrenchingly tender and delicious each one of them was.
You just have to trust me on this.
By now I noticed that my server kept reminding me to eat the meat folded, so I asked her why.
She explained that because the beef is so fatty and well-marbled, if you eat it in one single layer, it will just melt within seconds in your mouth! WOW!!!
The next piece came with a tiny ball of rice
She asked me to wrap the beef around the rice and eat the whole thing in one go.
That was fun!
This one was to be dipped in the yolk, like sukiyaki
The cold noodle dish in light dashi sauce was so refreshing and springy
Black sesame ice cream for a sweet ending
Thank you to my server who was so painstakingly patient with me,
who speaks excellent English and is so pretty, too!
Yoroniku gives you mints after the incredible meal to keep your breath fresh
You can also freshen up more in the restroom which is complete with mouthwash, cotton buds,
dental floss, and oil-absorbing paper!
Our first couple photo! Moo! :D
Yoroniku よろにく: 6-6-22 B1F Minami-Aoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan