The restaurant got its start as a new business venture in 2018 by a long-standing wholesaler that provides eel, freshwater fish, wild game and other high-end ingredients to popular restaurants, including "Unagi Yondaime Kikukawa" in Nagoya. And so, "Yakiniku Waniku," which serves Japanese-style meat dishes, was born out of a collaboration between fine quality meat ingredients and a chef who originally came from the world of traditional Japanese dining.
"Yakiniku Waniku" prides itself on seeking out the very best ingredients that distributors and wholesalers can confidently stand behind. This includes Japanese Black wagyu beef and other impeccable ingredients that have been selectively chosen from places like Kawagishi Farm, which is a well-known source of top quality Kobe beef. The skilled head chef behind the restaurant is Chef Yasuyuki Sato, who spent 8 years in Nagoya developing his skills in traditional Japanese dining before moving on to serve as an executive chef for a hotel. As a chef, he pushes forward to break new ground in meat-based cuisine by taking advantage of classic Japanese-style cooking methods that make the most out of each ingredient's inherent flavor. This way diners can taste each dish's ingredients when they are at their most flavorful. The menu here focuses on offering yakiniku and meat dishes that are simple, yet expertly prepared. This includes their "Sirloin Shabu-Shabu" with specially prepared Japanese dashi, as well as dishes like their "Yukhoe," which only uses meat that has met the strict safety standards of Kobe's food safety protocols for handling raw ingredients. Their dishware includes elegant "Arita aware," a style of Japanese porcelain that brings an extra level of gorgeous presentation to each meal. And when it comes to dishes that fall outside of their yakiniku-style offerings, they ensure that everything is prepared with the same methods that they employ for meat dishes, which focus on simple, delicious flavors. This includes seasonal side dishes and fresh veggie salads, as well as small rice dishes and shaved ice to complete the meal.
For drinks, guests can enjoy a prominent selection of wine that highlights the subtle flavors of traditional Japanese-style cuisine as well as the deep savoriness of meat dishes. They also serve "Ch.igai Takaha," a Californian wine that is lovingly crafted by a Japanese married couple, and the wine itself has gone on to earn a large and loyal group of fans. The interior offers a modern ambiance with black and wood grain color tones. In addition to table seating, they offer 4 private rooms that can accommodate a maximum of 18 people. Their dining spaces offer guests a relaxing setting to dine on yakiniku and Japanese-style cooking.
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■A 10-minute walk from Nagoya Station(JR Tokaido Line)
■A 10-minute walk from Nagoya Station(Nagoya Municipal Subway Sakuradori Line)
■A 4-minute walk from Kokusai Center Station, Exit 4(Nagoya Municipal Subway Sakuradori Line)