Sear-your-own wagyu katsu is my go-to meal in Japan

Others crave sushi and ramen. I head for Gyukatsu Motomura
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Some crave the taste of sushi or ramen the moment they set foot in Japan. I head to the nearest Gyukatsu Motomura for a taste of wagyu katsu or Japanese beef cutlet. The main attraction besides the oishii melt-in-your-mouth beef are personal burners that allow you to sear the beef to your preferred doneness. If you like it rare, you can eat the beef as is, but a few seconds on the cooktop will bring out more of the signature butteriness of wagyu.

Motomura has several locations around Tokyo that seat around eight to 12 guests, usually in a basement, but a new location in Osaka near Namba and Shinsaibashi offers a much larger dining room and less of a wait. It’s cash only, but for beef, the prices are reasonable for the amount of food. Choose between a single (130 grams for ¥1400 or about $13) or double order (230 grams for ¥2200 or about $20) and add a few side dishes like tororo grated mountain yam and mentaiko spicy pollock roe. The tasty multigrain rice is refillable for free, as is the raw slivered cabbage – a quintessential part of any katsu experience. 

Gyukatsu Motomura
Six locations in Tokyo and one in Osaka
Daily 11 a.m. - 11 p.m.