Our Recommendation for Lunch in Shibuya: a Melt-In-Your-Mouth Burger Made With A5 Grade Japanese Beef



Our recommendation for lunch in Shibuya: a Melt-In-Your-Mouth Burger Made With A5 Grade Japanese Beef


Everyone’s talking about this super juicy hamburger that a bar close to Shibuya Station is serving up. Made with high quality grade A5 Japanese beef or wagyu, people keep getting hooked one after another on this burger’s super tender texture and rich flavor. We joined the never ending number of repeat customers and paid this restaurant a visit.

A hidden restaurant in Sakuragaoka-cho

You'll know you've found the right place when you see the wine cask outside.

Niku Bar SHOUTAIAN is just a three minute walk up the hill in Sakuragaoka outside of the West Exit of Shibuya Station. It's located on the corner of a white apartment complex.
The recessed terrace at SHOUTAIAN
Enjoy lunch outside on their recessed terrace on nice days.

Feel the warmth of wood inside

The interior of Niku Bar SHOUTAIAN

The restaurant’s open kitchen allows diners to enjoy the sights and delicious aromas of grilling meat as they sit at the counter or at white wooden tables.
Colorful drawings on the blackboard

The images on this colorful blackboard are drawn by the staff, many of whom are students at a design school.

The shockingly tender hamburger that’s earning rave reviews

In addition to the burger, this lunch comes with an assortment of salads, rice, and soup. The burger pictured here is the 200g.

"Here, we purchase an entire domestically-raised, A5 rank Japanese Black cow. The meat of this breed has a consistently smooth texture and good marbling,” says store owner Masaaki Hayashi. He also says that the tenderness, sweetness, and umami of a cow is completely different than that of a bull.

Their most well-known lunch option is the “Nomeru Hambagu Gozen (Drinkable Hamburger Set Meal).” The juices of the burger start flowing the moment you cut in with your chopsticks. It’s so tender that you will probably want to eat it with a spoon.

There are three sauces available to top your burger: demi glace, grated daikon radish with ponzu sauce, or cheese demi glace. The burger also comes in three sizes: 200 grams (1,400 yen), 300 grams (1,700 yen), and 400 grams (2,000 yen).

What’s the secret behind their delicious burgers? “We take high grade beef and run it through a grinder twice to get it super fine. Then we add some potato starch and fry it on one side to give it a nice color. Then we cover the pan and let the burger cook on low heat for eight and a half minutes. This cooks the burger all the way through while preserving the soft, almost rare texture,” says Mr. Hayashi.
The carefully sellected beef used in the lunch menu

They have five carefully selected items on their lunch menu including their Wagyu Aburi Tekka Donburi rice bowl (1,400 yen), their Homemade Roast Beef Donburi rice bowl (1,400 yen), and their Japanese Black Beef Curry (1,100 yen).

For dinner, the staff recommends enjoying the rich umami goodness of delicious beef with SHOUTAIAN’s Kyukyoku (ultimate) Rump Steak (1,920 yen) or their Beef Katsu (breaded cutlet) (1,580 yen) with a full-bodied wine. The restaurant can cook your beef to your desired level of doneness and can also recommend a wine that will pair well with your order.

Then of course there’s the “Drinkable Hamburger” (dinner price for just the hamburger is 1,480 yen), which continues to be a favorite among first-timers and repeaters alike. Definitely give it a try when you go.


Address: Shin Minami Hiradai 1F
24-8 Sakuragaoka-cho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Hours: 11:30am~2:30pm (L.O. 2:00pm), 5:30pm~11:00pm (L.O. 10:30pm)
Closed for lunch on Sundays and public holidays
Website (Japanese only):

The information for the article was obtained August 28, 2016. Please be advised that changes to the store’s menu, hours, and etcetera may have occurred.

The original Japanese version of this article was published on co-Trip.

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