Japanese Yakiniku Nikugen Roppongi in Tokyo: Exquisite Wet-Aged Beef Yakiniku and Wine Pairings with Heartfelt Care

Immerse yourself in the refined flavors of yakiniku (Japanese grilled meat cuisine) paired with sommelier-selected wines at “Japanese Yakiniku Nikugen Roppongi” (hereunder referred to as “Nikugen Roppongi.”) At this popular Tokyo establishment, the spotlight shines on Black Angus beef, wet-aged for over 30 days to unlock the true essence of its taste.

Photo of wet-aged beef

Prepared by a grillmaster before your eyes: “Specialty Tenderloin Steak (with Foamy Soy Sauce & Wasabi Soy Sauce Pickle)”

A crowd favorite, the “Specialty Tenderloin Steak (with Foamy Soy Sauce & Wasabi Soy Sauce Pickle)” is the hallmark of their menu. The arrival of this substantial tenderloin steak at your table is an enchanting sight to behold.

Photo of Specialty Tenderloin Steak (with Foamy Soy Sauce & Wasabi Soy Sauce Pickle)

“名物 極厚ヒレ芯~泡醤油 葉わさび醤油漬け~,” Specialty Tenderloin Steak (with Foamy Soy Sauce & Wasabi Soy Sauce Pickle) 2,629 JPY (tax included)

Crafted exclusively from the Chateaubriand, the heartiest portion of the tenderloin, this dish is a testament to culinary excellence. The restaurant staff takes the lead in grilling, ensuring each slice is perfectly cooked and served at its prime. The grilling process, brief yet precise, locks in the rich flavors, presenting an aromatic crust and a juicy, rare core packed with umami.

Photo of Specialty Tenderloin Steak (with Foamy Soy Sauce & Wasabi Soy Sauce Pickle)

It’s recommended to indulge in this dish with the accompanying condiments. The emulsified “foamy” soy sauce introduces a gentle, airy texture, while the pickled wasabi leaves impart a crisp, refreshing finish.

Photo of Specialty Tenderloin Steak (with Foamy Soy Sauce & Wasabi Soy Sauce Pickle)

Fluffy salt provides the perfect seasoning for the “Specialty Wet-aged Outside Skirt Steak (Snow Salt & Lemon)”

For those seeking a robust flavor experience, the “Specialty Wet-aged Outside Skirt Steak (Snow Salt & Lemon)” is their go-to recommendation. This dish celebrates the jō harami, a particularly thick and prized cut of the harami (outside skirt steak), served in its most natural form.

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“名物 熟成塊ハラミ~淡雪塩 レモン~,” Specialty Wet-aged Outside Skirt Steak (Snow Salt & Lemon) 2,629 JPY (tax included)

Just like the tenderloin steak, this premium cut of wet-aged Black Angus beef is expertly prepared in front of guests by the restaurant’s grillmasters and brought to its perfect state of doneness.

Photo of meat being prepared by restaurant staff for Umami bites writer Bensky

Accompanied by lemon and a delicate form of salt, the steak invites a unique tasting experience. This “snow salt,” a blend of rice flour and salt, resembles snow in appearance and delightfully melts in your mouth, just like snowflakes on your tongue. It offers a mild saltiness that elevates the skirt steak’s flavor profile. Even when generously applied, it doesn’t overpower the beef, and rather enhances the meat’s natural sweetness.

Photo of Specialty Wet-aged Outside Skirt Steak being seasoned with snow salt

Sample the restaurant’s most popular beef tongue offerings with “Beef Tongue 3 Varieties Assortment”

The “Beef Tongue 3 Varieties Assortment” is a set that allows guests to enjoy three types of beef tongue, offering a taste of “Thickly-cut Beef Tongue,” “Green Onion Sprouts Beef Tongue Rolls,” and “Thinly Sliced Beef Tongue.” Squeezing lemon and applying snow salt before eating is highly recommended.

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“牛タン三種盛合せ,” Beef Tongue 3 Varieties Assortment 1,639 JPY (tax included)

Each type of beef tongue in the assortment brings a unique texture and flavor to the palate. The “Thickly-cut Beef Tongue” features a satisfying crunch, while remaining tender and flavorful, compelling you to savor piece after piece.

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“厚切り牛タン,” Thickly-cut Beef Tongue

The “Green Onion Sprouts Beef Tongue Rolls” blend the softness of thinly sliced beef tongue with the crispness of green onion sprouts for a smooth and refreshing mouthfeel.

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“芽巻き牛タン,” Green Onion Sprouts Beef Tongue Rolls

Meanwhile, the “Thinly Sliced Beef Tongue,” with its exquisite fat marbling, highlights the beef’s inherent umami, complemented by a light seasoning that pairs wonderfully with rice or alcohol.

This assortment’s popularity lies in the opportunity it provides to savor the distinct tastes of each variety, making it a must-try for beef tongue enthusiasts.

Photo of Thinly Sliced Beef Tongue

“薄切り牛塩タン,” Thinly Sliced Beef Tongue

Nikugen Roppongi boasts a wine cellar stocked with select wines that perfectly complement yakiniku, encouraging guests to pair their chosen cuts with a matching wine. In addition to alcoholic beverages, a non-alcoholic menu is also available, ensuring an inclusive dining experience for all guests!


“We promise every guest will have an ‘amazing’ time,” claims the restaurant. Visit Nikugen Roppongi to create wonderful memories with yakiniku prepared with passion and close attention to the finest details to ensure a premium dining experience.


Store name 熟成焼肉 肉源 六本木店
Japanese Yakiniku Nikugen Roppongi
Address Roppongi Building 2F, 7-15-17 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Access Roppongi Station Short walk from Roppongi Station Exit 2
  • Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line(H04)
  • Toei Ōedo Line(E23)
Phone number 03-6447-2853
Reservations Accepted
Phone, official website, Tabelog, Hot Pepper Gourmet, Reserve with Google
  • Cash
  • Credit cards(American Express・Diners・Discover・JCB・Master・VISA)
  • Transportation-related electronic money(Suica, etc.)
  • Electronic money(iD・QUICPay)
  • QR code payment(Alipay・au PAY・d Payment・Ginko Pay・J-Coin Pay・LINE Pay・Merpay・PayPay・Rakuten Pay・WeChat Pay)
Service charge/Table charge None
10% service charge when using a private dining room
Hours 11:00-23:00 (last order 22:00)
Closed Japanese New Year’s holidays(12/31-1/1)
Seating 107 seats
75 table seats, 32 private dining room seats
Smoking All seats are non-smoking
A smoking room is available
Official website https://www.nikugen.jp/
Other information
  • Menus are available with Japanese and English language only
  • Please ask staff about allergy-friendly menus; however, there may be cases in which the restaurant is unable to accommodate your request; vegetarian, vegan and halal menus are not available
  • Wheelchair-accessible (steps at entrance)
  • Take-out and delivery services are not available
  • Luggage storage space is available
  • Wi-Fi is not available
  • Posting of food photos and videos on customers’ personal SNS accounts is allowed
  • Separate billing is allowed

※Menu contents, prices, store information, etc. are current as of January 2024.