At this New Spot in Mejiro, Rare Kyosui Eels are Served in a Light Sauce


WordsPen Editorial PhotographyTohru Yuasa

Mejiro Zorome has opened on a side street near the JR Mejiro station. Here is a rare chance to savor Kyosui Unagi, available at only about 30 specialty eel restaurants in Japan. The attraction of the Kyosui eels brand is that, being raised in near-natural conditions, the texture is fleshy and firm—giving a resilient and tasty sensation. The original sauce, prepared by blending mirin (cooking sake) that has aged for either one year with another that has aged for three, gives a light flavor without using sugar, accentuating the natural sweetness of the eel.

The menu is full of appetizers perfect for sake, such as grilled Kyosui eel livers, or other cuts that are grilled without seasoning. Guests can choose from over ten types of dry Japanese sake. The soothing atmosphere makes it easy to visit alone or with friends, and until the lacquered boxes of eel and rice are served, the time spent sipping sake can be superbly cool. Only a savvy chef-owner would devote such efforts to reach the sublime, such as obtaining Kyosui eels and preparing them in a unique, conscientious way. Why not test your connoisseurship on the subtle flavors that can be found only here? Sure, it’s a luxury, but well worth it!

Mejiro Zorome

B1 Mejiro Square Bldg, 3-3-1 Mejiro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo

Tel.: 03-6908-3653

Hours: 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.; 5-10 p.m.

Closed: Wednesdays