Hello Kitty Rooms in Keio Plaza Hotel, I was invited to the refined Teppan-yaki Yamanami ( 鉄板焼やまなみ ). The cosy interior is divided into several sections, with the restaurant's western counter commanding a superb view of the city's skyscrapers, while the eastern counter facing a Japanese style roof garden, plus an open-space dessert lounge. Wine drinkers will be impressed by their wine cellar with a wide repertoire of fine wines.
Helmed by the notable Master Chef Juniichi Hirano, Yamanami features Hida beef, Kobe beef, and carefully selected seafood including spiny lobster and abalone. You'll be entertained by their chefs preparing each dish right in front of you in an extravagant live performance.
If case you're wondering the difference between Kobe beef ( 神戸牛 ) and Wagyu ( 和牛 ), Kobe is a prefecture of Japan and Wagyu is a breed of Japanese cattle. Basically, the most exclusive Wagyu in the world comes from Kobe, Japan. Wa ( 和 ) means Japanese, and gyu ( 牛 ) refers to cow or cattle. So naturally, the real deal has to be both born and bred in Japan. You'll know what I mean if you've tried the Australian Wagyu.
There are whole list of criteria to qualify to be classified as Kobe beef, like the BMS (marbling index), or meeting a yield score of A or B, and having the Japanese Meat Grading Association quality score of 4 or 5. I won't go into the details here.
A upmarket teppanyaki restaurant serving quality food with prime beef at reasonable prices. Be greeted with a majestic entrance to Yamanami, taking diners past a Japanese garden with blooming trees and Japanese stonework. At the restaurant, you'll get undivided attention from the friendly chefs and courteous serving staff. Teppan-yaki Yamanami, a classic Japanese dining spot transporting visitors to an oasis of fine food!
Main Tower 7F
Keio Plaza Hotel Tokyo
2-2-1 Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku-Ku, Tokyo
Tel: +81-3 3344 0111