A 5minute walk from the Torichosuji stop on the Kumamoto City Tram is where you will find the main location of "Yakiniku Sudo," nestled in a sleepy suburb of Kumamoto. From the restaurant's windows, there is an unbroken view of Kumamoto Castle, so you get a sense of the city's long history while savoring the finest meats. The owner, Yoshio Sudo began his career as a fruit and vegetable wholesaler at Tsukiji Market, where he worked for 2 years before going on to gain 7 years' experience working at the famous "Yakiniku Kunimoto" in Hamamatsu-cho, Tokyo. When it came time for Sudo to open his own restaurant he chose Kumamoto as the location, thanks to the abundance of meat and other fine ingredients available in the region.
Sudo wants diners to be able to enjoy the choice of meat grilled in the optimum way to bring out the flavor. For this reason, the restaurant operates slightly differently to other yakiniku restaurants, where diners normally grill the meat themselves. Instead, at "Yakiniku Sudo," staff who are extremely knowledgeable in all things meat are assigned to each table, acting as personal chefs to grill the meat perfectly for each and every diner. The beef served at the restaurant comes from the choicest Japanese black wagyu raised in the abundant natural environment of Kyushu, and Sudo is careful to mainly choose female cows since they have a lot of subcutaneous fat, resulting in meat with a fine grain and a good amount of marbling. A must-try cut of this meat is the thinly-sliced sirloin. Quickly seared over the charcoal grill, it is enjoyed with a dipping sauce that Sudo learned to make during his time at "Yakiniku Kunimoto". The tender meat seemingly melts when you take a bite, and the flavor that spreads out across the palate intermingles brilliantly with the sauce. Using his knowledge and experience from his time at Tsukiji Market, Sudo procures his vegetables mostly from Kumamoto and is particular about choosing vegetables in which you can appreciate the amount of effort the producers have put into growing them. For wine, "Yakiniku Sudo" offers a selection of organic wine from around the world that have been made without the use of chemical fertilizers or pesticides.
"Yakiniku Sudo" has a cheerful atmosphere, featuring a white plaster motif, and 26 tables. The floors and tables are made from Oguni cedar, whose scent and feel is said to boost the body's immune system. The restaurant is not only perfect for anniversaries, celebrations, and entertaining, but also health-oriented foodies.
*In 2016, "Yakiniku Sudo Haruyoshi" opened in Fukuoka.
*The availability of this webpage does not guarantee that the restaurant presented provides services in English unless otherwise stated. Please be aware that English services may also depend on staff availability at the restaurant.
A 3-minute walk from Torichosuzi Station(Kumamoto Tram B)