Beef bowl, or gyudon in Japanese, is a very common and cheap dish in Japan. It is typically made up of several thin, fatty slices of beef served with onions over rice. Gyudon can be found at convenience stores, supermarkets, and restaurants. Several gyudon restaurant chains exist in Japan, and it is would not be an exaggeration to refer to gyudon as Japanese fast food. It is a dish that can be quickly prepared and quickly eaten. On weekdays, businessmen in suits can be seen lining the rows of gyudon joints by themselves, scarfing down their beef bowls.
However, at All Day Dining ORIGAMI located in Akasaka, Tokyo, gyudon is being served in a way you have never seen before: with A5 Wagyu beef of the highest grade. This is not your average beef bowl. Most beef bowls will run around 500 yen, but the Capitol Gyudon prepared by chef Kouji Anpo will put you back 10 times that amount at 5,000 yen. With the higher price tag comes much higher dedication. While the main ingredients remain simple with beef, onions, and rice, only the finest quality is chosen for all ingredients. The beef is always the highest grade beef available and is Japanese Rank- A5 rank Wagyu beef. Onions with high sugar content are used in the dish to produce a succulent sweetness that compliments the beef.
A Guaruntee of Satisfaction
Chef Kouji admits that many customers initially try the Capitol Gyudon out of pure curiosity after seeing the price tag. Although, he assured us that after finishing their meal, customers never fail to admit that, “now I understand why this is so expensive.”
While the main dish remains extremely simple, ORIGAMI does add some nice touches to your meal. A consommé soup is included along with various toppings to pair your beef with such as a partially cooked egg and wasabi.
Despite a lack of foreign customers due to Corona, Chef Kouji hopes that visitors to Japan come by to try the bowl for themselves in the future. If you are willing to drop 5,000 yen to try the Capitol Gyudon, you are guaranteed a beef bowl experience you won’t soon forget.
Christian Dakin is an editor, designer, and video game director currently based out of Tokyo, Japan. Originally from a small town in Georgia, he studied in Japan for a year in college before returning again for work. Christian enjoys studying Japanese and the outdoors. In his off time, he is most likely to be found adventuring to a castle, belting it out in karaoke with friends, or in a gym somewhere.