Yakiniku M Dotonbori is a grill restaurant that specializes in Matsusaka beef. I know that Kobe beef is very famous in the world. In Japan, the top three beef are Matsusaka, Kobe and Ohmi beef. All of those beef are raised in the Kansai region of Japan. Matsusaka beef is the meat of a Japanese black cattle brought up in certain conditions in the Matsusaka region of Japan. The Matsusaka Yakiniku M Dotonbori restaurants specializes in that kind of beef. Only 2,500 Matsusaka cattles are slaughtered every year that is why the prices are quite high. From our hotel, we took the Osaka Loop and transferred for Namba station at Tennoji because of our JR pass.
YAKINIKU M DOTONBORI RESERVATION
I’ve heard a lot of good things about Yakniku M. It has great reviews on travel sites so I decided that it would be a good first dinner experience in Japan. It is a very popular restaurant so reservations are needed. I booked our reservations on their website. You have to pick the location you want. I chose the Dotonbori location because I thought it would be nice to walk along the canal with the lights after the dinner. If you picked a time, you only have a 10 minute allowance otherwise it would be forfeited. Walk ins are not encouraged. On our way out, we saw a group of 4 people come in but they were not allowed in. They were given the option to reserve for another night.
We actually went to the wrong branch but the kind lady took us to the correct one. Then we were ushered upstairs where they had individual rooms where there was a grill in the center of the table. There were also places to hang your coat or sweater. You also have to take your shoes off before going inside the room. The setting is a traditional Japanese restaurant.
THE FOOD AT YAKINIKU M DOTONBORI
It’s hands down the best beef I’ve ever had in my life so far. It did not disappoint although we had high expectations. We were given a menu and we chose the special course because it has everything. You can see their menu online here.
￥5,800 per person / ※Minimum order 2 people
- ASSORTED APPETIZERS
- MATSUSAKA MARBLED BEEF SUSHI
- MATSUSAKA SHORT RIB WITH GARLIC SAUCE
- HOUSE SALAD
- 4 DIFFERENT PARTS OF MATSUSAKA BEEF
( MAINLY MARBLED BEEF )
- GARLIC RICE
- TODAY’S DESSERT
Pictured above are the assorted appetizers, Matsusaka Short Rib with garlic sauce and the House salad. The assorted appetizers were sweet potato, pork and egg with candied walnuts, and a beef dish. It was all good. We finished our plates with no problem.
The Matsusaka Short Rib was raw and the man that was helping us expertly glided the meat on the grill for under a minute on each side and it was delicious. The courses came one by one.
The Matsusaka Marbled Beef Sushi was very good. We had one piece each but it was a sizable piece. It’s not exactly raw but I think it was just scorched for a few seconds over the rice.
The garlic rice is served in stone bowls which makes the rice that sticks to the bowl a bit toasty. It had a really nice garlic flavor with bits of bacon in it. It was a really nice compliment to the rice.
THE MATSUSAKA BEEF AT YAKINIKU M DOTONBORI
This is the main event – the Yakiniku M Dotonbori. Our special course consists of 4 different parts of Matsusaka beef. Just look at that beautiful plate. It’s not a lot of meat, maybe around 200 grams in total but it’s so rich that it was enough. We were really full after the meal. The appetizers and the sides help. You really do not need much to savor the meat. I think if you have too much of it, it would be too rich.
Every meat had different profiles but I thought they were all good. Look at that marbling.. My favorite though is the sirloin steak. It was melt in your mouth goodness.
Look at that fatty beef.. it was so good!
To finish it off, we had some yuzu sorbet which was a very nice end to the meal. Our bill came to around 13,000 yen with drinks. It’s roughly about 100 euros. It was such a nice and memorable meal. Service was exceptional. Our server spoiled us explaining and cooking the meat on our table. I don’t know if that’s standard or he probably noticed that we were new to this. Therefore, I totally recommend it to anyone who will be in Osaka. The food in itself was good while the dining experience was an experience on its own. Finally, Matsusaka beef is a must try food in Japan.
After that, we tried to walk off our dinner a bit next to the canal and took some pictures of the glico man.