Shabusen at the Ginza

Everyone who visits Tokyo will naturally visit the Ginza, home to some of the finest department stores in the world. The neon light show at night is spectacular, however I am going to recommend an awesome lunchtime venue that will knock your socks off. :)

With a welcome like this you just know you are in for a treat.

Naturally Shabusen are open for evening dinner, but the lunchtime special is around half the price. Lunch cost for two was around 7,000 Yen or £39, great value for the quality Wagyu Beef.

One online rating site places Shabusen 122 of 5,367 in Chuo, which is the district in Tokyo that includes Ginza.

I totally dispute this! How can you compare a Shabu Shabu restaurant to one that specialises in Sushi? In my opinion if there are say 500 similar places in Chuo, Shabusen would be in the top 5 based on Food, service, ambiance & value for money.

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What is Shabu Shabu you may well ask?

It’s a Japanese hot pot dish with paper thin sliced beef. You cook at the table on a portable gas stove, the most important ingredient is quality beef. Add a few vegetables & noodles but the beef is the secret.

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After lunch, treat yourself to a coffee at Le Cafe Doutor in the Rico building on the corner of the main intersection. You can sit outside on the footpath among the never ending passing pedestrians, or as I prefer, grab a seat upstairs by the window and watch the world go by.

Click on the map above to help you find this hidden gem of a restaurant.

Here is my photo blog of fabulous food in Tokyo,

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