There are lines to get into Motomura day and night, and it's easy to understand why once you've tasted their very popular gyukatsu (deep-fried beef cutlet). Served rare in the middle with a thin, crunchy layer of breading around it, the lightly marbled beef is tender and very flavorful. Season it to taste with rock salt, pepper, onion sauce, soy sauce and wasabi; you can even grill it for a minute on the small hibachi at your table or counter.
A single portion of beef, with a set meal of rice, soup, potato salad, cabbage and pickles, is Y1200; add an extra Y700 for a double-sized portion of beef, and Y100 for a side dish of grated yam for dipping. No reservations or credit cards; English-language menus are available, along with rather detailed instructions on how to eat your gyukatsu.
This book will introduce you to more than twenty of Japan's favorite specialty foods that are less well known abroad, along with a guide to the best places in Tokyo to try them and expert tips on what to order. From Bento.com.