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Tokyo's most popular tonkatsu restaurant NARIKURA closed its Takadanobaba store on the 31st of March 2019, but reopened on July 8th, after moving to its new premise in Minami-Asagaya.
NARIKURA, well known for its long line of eager customers, has now implemented a reservation system through OMAKASE, allowing customers to reserve a select number of seats. This means no waiting time to taste our excellent Tonkatsu!
(There are only 10 seats available for reservation, so put on your boxing gloves!)

New NARIKURA menu lineup is:

(Have all the prices gone up a little? Yes, maybe.)

TokyoX chateaubriand cutlets (thick cuts of pork tenderloin) 3 pieces (180g). Set meal 5,780 yen

TokyoX rib loin cutlet (200 g). Set meal 5,580 yen

TokyoX special loin cutlet (180 g). Set meal 4,980 yen

TokyoX chateaubriand cutlets (thick cuts of pork tenderloin) 2 pieces (120g). Set meal 4,780 yen

Snow-aged pork chateaubriand cutlets (thick cuts of pork tenderloin) 3 pieces (180g). Set meal 4,780 yen

Snow-aged pork rib loin cutlet (200 g). Set meal 4,380 yen

Snow-aged pork special loin cutlet (180 g). Set meal 3,980 yen

Snow-aged pork chateaubriand cutlets (thick cuts of pork tenderloin) 2 pieces (120g). Set meal 3,980 yen

Iwachu pork chateaubriand cutlets (thick cuts of pork tenderloin) 3 pieces (180g). Set meal 4,780 yen

Iwachu pork rib loin cutlet (200 g). Set meal 4,380 yen

Iwachu pork special loin cutlet (180 g). Set meal 3,980 yen

Iwachu pork chateaubriand cutlets (thick cuts of pork tenderloin) 2 pieces (120g). Set meal 3,980 yen

Tonkatsu fans will be flooding back to NARIKURA as the news of our reopening spreads. We recommend an early visit to our new store!

Shop Information

Address: 4-33-9 Narita Higashi, Suginami-ku, Tokyo
Nearest station: Minami-Asagaya on the Marunouchi Line, Tokyo Metro
Number of seats: 10
Opening hours: 11:00 to 14:00 and 17:30 to 20:00
Closed: Wednesdays and Sundays

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Hi Saito san and Everyone, I have made a reservation at Narikura for next month and would just like to ask regarding the menu before I visit the restaurant.

From what I see, there are three different cuts (not including the pork type) to order:

1. Chateaubriand Cutlet (180g or 120g)
2. Rib Loin Cutlet (200g)
3. Loin Cutlet (180g)

Can someone please tell me the differences between each of these three cuts? Which one would you say is the best cut for Narikura (or does it depend on each person preference of fat/lean)? How would you rank these three cuts from most fats to least fats?

Thank you

9 months ago

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Leo Saito

chief editor, TokyoTableTrip

Chateaubriand: Even among fillets, it has the softest central meat. It has almost no fat.
Loin (toku roast): This cut is from near the back. The flavor and sweetness from the fat is enjoyable.
Rib loin (rib roast): From one roast, this part only serves 3-4 people. It has more fat than a pork loin.

If you're going there for the first time, I think the best option would be their main brand called Tokyo X which is a set for ¥5,780 that comes with both Chateaubriand and a special roast you can try together.
And although it isn't pork, their chicken cutlet (sasami cutlet)that you can order as a single item is also really delicious, so I recommended that.

9 months ago
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Thank you very much Saito San. Just to clarify, the set for Tokyo X Chateaubriand 5,780 JPY comes with also another cut of pork? But for other sets it doesn’t?

9 months ago
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Leo Saito

chief editor, TokyoTableTrip

I meant that in addition to the a la carte menu, which lists Chateaubriand and loin, they have a combination menu that lists a dish that comes with these two types of cuts. Even if you were to order the Chateaubriand set meal, loin would not come with that meal.

9 months ago
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Thank you very much for that Saito San. Can you please suggest someone who doesn’t speak or read Japanese on how to go about ordering this Tokyo X Chateaubriand combination menu? And the price is 5,780 JPY which is exactly same as the regular Tokyo X Chateaubriand set (non combination) menu?

9 months ago
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Leo Saito

chief editor, TokyoTableTrip

1) Chateaubriand (180g), 2) Chateaubriand (60g), and Special loin Cutlet (120g) are the same set price of 5780 yen.
Concerning the method for ordering, I believe there will not be a problem because there are staff who can speak English.

9 months ago

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Omakase is cheating

12 months ago

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How?

12 months ago

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Hundreds of seats available on Omakase... not even joking.

12 months ago

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Menchikatsu

So onto some good news... Omakase has opened up the Narikura Asagaya calendar to everyone now. The restaurant itself kept seats private to only select customers, during their soft opening. Now that both locations are open, I guess they're more at ease with the demand. I already see a few slots for this week. Funny... Now that it's easy to get seats, I don't want it as badly (:D) Think I'll go back to the Takadanobaba one next time, and line up. That was pretty fun.

about 1 year ago

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Hasn't the Takadanobaba one been reopened since like April under a ticket system?

about 1 year ago

guest

has anyone ever gotten a reservation thru omakase? i went on at exactly the second the calendar opened.. no days at all

about 1 year ago

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it's only for japanese guests.

about 1 year ago
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My friend who is a foreigner got a reservation and I've seen foreigners on Instagram who got a reservation, so this is not true.

about 1 year ago
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the calendar is still up. is anyone in japan, and can see dates?

about 1 year ago
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If you see the calendar, but no seats, it's possible that the seats are available only to guests who have been there before (a hidden feature in Omakase).

about 1 year ago
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thetrashmouth

it was really frustrating - refreshed the page literally at 11am and it was just a calendar that was all grey.

about 1 year ago
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Menchikatsu

The reopening of the original location makes things so much easier. It's far more fun to line up for tonkatsu. And I can't see at all how the chef being there, will make it taste any better (or worse) than it is, from a branch location. Narikura is really a spongy juicy ball of fat with excessive flakes all over it... a glorious ball of fat though! Haha. And he sure does look cool wearing his 'chef's whites'.

about 1 year ago
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Another shop ruined by the complete disaster that is omakase-japan.

about 1 year ago
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I think they ruined themselves when becoming a reservation only restaurant. Omakase didn't force them to join Omakase's booking platform.

about 1 year ago
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They didnt exactly ruined themselves. They had a list of local regulars visiting anyway. Just that tourists wont have a chance to visit.

about 1 year ago
Blackglasses1

Menchikatsu

When I visited them in Takadanobaba, I swear the entire line was basically Chinese tourists. So this Omakase 'front' is not so bad, if the valued regulars really have an immediate direct line of contact, and can go whenever they want to Asagaya. Let the tourists go to the Takadanobaba one, it's fine. If it matters that much to someone, to visit the 'honten' because the chef is there, they'll find a way in. Hard work pays off.

And please confirm for me. yoyaku.at which is the same company as Omakase, they're one of the largest booking platforms in Japan no? Surely they know what they're doing.

about 1 year ago
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Yoyaku.at is just a DNS A record name that points to the same IP addresses as www.omakase-japan.jp, i.e. different web addresses for the same servers.

about 1 year ago
Blackglasses1

Menchikatsu

Ahh, I see now. Thank you for correcting me. I was thinking of yoyaku.toreta.in

about 1 year ago
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Toreta Inc is a different company from Omakase Inc.

about 1 year ago
Blackglasses1

Menchikatsu

Which is by the way, also a nightmare to use. I actually prefer Omakase's calendar to the Toreta one. Some of their restaurants are also impossible to get seats, as regulars have already filled most of the slots.

about 1 year ago
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Well i don't think it's bad in a way. Omakase just remove those restaurants which are famous. It will instead drive alot of foreign visitors/foodies to great places which are off the beaten track.

about 1 year ago

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