Date no Gyutan Honpo
Ikebukuro: Japanese regional
Date no Gyutan Honpo (Ikebukuro: Japanese regional)
Date no Gyutan Honpo
Open 11am-9pm (LO) daily.
Sun: Open Sundays
no smoking: No smoking

Located on the second floor of a Miyagi prefectural antenna shop, this casual cafe-restaurant serves a wide variety of beef tongue dishes, a local specialty. Teishoku-style meals with oxtail soup, grilled tongue, side dishes and rice are priced at well under Y1000 at lunchtime, which conveniently runs until 5pm. Excellent spicy pickled vegetables and leaf-wrapped sweet miso come with the teishoku, and these may well be highlights of a visit to Ikebukuro.

After 5pm the menu expands to a wider variety of dishes - tongue curry, tongue tsukune meatballs, tongue sausage, tongue stew and of course grilled tongue. If you just want a quick meal there are several teishoku options, or alternatively you can anjoy small izakaya-style dishes as you explore the Miyagi sake list.

Budget around Y1000-3000 in the evening, and around Y850 at lunch. Take-away bentos are Y1380.

Ikebukuro
Toshima-ku, Higashi-Ikebukuro 1-2-2, Higashi-Ike Bldg 2F.
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