They call it the Tuna Demolition Show! And they have good reason to. Maguro Shoten is a tuna specialty restaurant in downtown Shinjuku, in the very heart of red light district Kabukicho. They offer a daily Tuna dismantling and carving show that will leave you drooling for some fresh tuna. Don't be deterred by the red light district location though, it's the perfect place for some great food and some truly good-fun entertainment! If you love tuna or sashimi, this is the place to be! You definitely won't be disappointed!
When you think of Japan, a couple of things usually come to mind. Geisha, ramen, sushi, sashimi, samurai maybe? Well, there's a good reason why most people think of these things. Japan offers some really unique culture that you can't experience anywhere else in the world.
Speaking of unique... Nestled in the heart of Shinjuku's red light district, Kabukicho, is Maguro Shoten - a super unique tuna specialty restaurant offering a tuna dismantling and carving show every day of the year!
The best tuna sashimi and sushi you'll ever eat!
The restaurant has a pretty cool slogan "Urekiri Gomen! Mainichi Kaitai", literally meaning "Sorry if we sell out! Daily Dismantling". Having been opened for over a year now Maguro Shoten has nailed its mission of being a restaurant serving up some of the freshest sashimi in Tokyo. Each day a tuna is bought in from Tsukiji and prepared right in the restaurant in front of customers as part of a fun and entertaining show! There's not much more you can say about these guys... the dishes and quality of sashimi they serve here are out of this world! Top quality stuff!
Have it cooked many ways
You have the option from a huge menu of dishes to choose from. Everything from fresh sashimi and sushi, to more original options like flame grilled tuna ribs! Ordering is super easy too. They've designed their menu in both English, Japanese and Chinese so more people can enjoy the splendours of this place! What's more, is that it's all in a touch tablet with a simple ordering system - removing the stress of ordering with a staff member that doesn't speak English.
Watch them dismantle the giant tuna
I kinda like how they call it the Tuna Demolition Show! Maybe it's a little dramatic but definitely makes you feel excited about their Tuna Carving Show! Two professional tuna chefs wear yellow jackets and dismantle the tuna piece by piece. Even if you don't speak any Japanese it's pretty cool to watch as the chefs are very good at explaining with gestures and accompanying pictures!
They'll carve it up right in front of you
After they've dismantled the tuna they carve up the tuna right in front of you and build a mountain of tuna dish with pieces of fatty, medium fatty, and red tuna! I kid you not - this is the best tuna sashimi I've ever had!
Things you probably didn't know
One cool thing about the Tuna Show is that the chefs explain all the different parts of the fish and how to eat and cook them. One thing you probably didn't know is that within the rib part of the tuna is little pockets of collagen between all the vertebrate joints. The chefs cut this open and let people try if they want! Collagen in Japan is kind of a big deal amongst the female population - so I jumped at the chance to enrich my manly skin with a good dose of collagen! It has the consistency and taste of a salty jelly. Well worth it if you can get over the sight of a vertebrate jelly shot!
Join in the "rock, paper, scissors" game to win a special treat
At the end of the carving show, the chefs get the crowd to join in on a game of rock, paper, scissors, for which the top two winners claim a prize of a bowl of tuna scraped off from the ribs part of the fish. Now it might not sound that delicious, but it is indeed one of the best parts of the tuna and full of flavour.
What are you waiting for?! Come eat some of the freshest sashimi!
The Tuna Carving Show starts every day at 7:30 pm on weekdays and at 6:30 pm on weekends. Dishes start from around 1000 yen with the average bill coming to around 3500 yen per person, depending on how hungry you are of course