A trip to Japan is never complete without experiencing its amazing cuisine. From hearty bowls of ramen in Tokyo to the city’s first halal-certified sushi restaurant, the culinary scene in the Land of the Rising Sun is one of the many things you can look forward to besides its iconic landmarks, scenic landscapes and cherry blossom season. Credit: GIPHYIf you’re a meat lover, then tucking into a satisfying meal of halal wagyu is definitely up your alley. Should you find yourself exploring Japan’s capital city, you’ll be glad to know that you can stop by the new restaurant, Issho, to savour halal wagyu! ?
Nestled in the Muslim-friendly neighbourhood of Ueno, this eatery is located just a 1-minute walk away from the JR Ueno station. Make your way across the road and keep an eye out for a building with the words 'FUNDES'. Then, head up to the 8th floor where you'll find Issho.
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Step into the cosy yet spacious restaurant where you can expect to see other Muslim travellers dining with friends and families on delicious halal wagyu.
As one of the most popular item on the menu, the charcoal-grilled chuck rib (JPY1,880) is a must-try! Served with a bowl of rice and several side dishes of vegetables, sink your teeth into the delightfully juicy strips of wagyu and let the flavours take you away ? Enhance the taste further by sprinkling a tiny bit of salt and spreading some wasabi onto the wagyu.
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What's special about Issho is that you also have the chance of indulging in motsunabe! Known as a type of nabemono (hotpot) in Japanese cuisine, this dish is typically made from beef and pork tripe. Offering a halal version that's priced at JPY1,280, enjoy this hearty bowl of stew that'll warm you right up.
If you're looking to have a variety of flavours served all at once, then the halal Super Value Set (JPY3,800 including tax) is the perfect choice for you! Dive into the assortment of food which includes deep fried chicken, beef intestine hotpot, noodles, charcoal grilled beef steak and homemade pudding ?
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When dining at Issho, do note that the glasses used to serve drinks are not separated from the alcoholic beverages. You can ask the friendly staff to use disposable cups instead.
So, if your next travel destination is Tokyo, make sure to carve out some time in your itinerary for a visit to Issho and experience a classic taste of Japan's culinary world ?
Halal status: Uses meat sourced from halal-certified suppliers. Do note that alcohol is served on the premises, so we recommend that you dine at your own discretion.
Opening hours: Open daily; 11.30AM-2.30PM (lunch), 5PM-12AM (dinner)
Address: FUNDES Ueno Bldg. 8F, 7-2-4 Ueno, Taito-ku, Tokyo 110-0005
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