Japanese Food Culture: WHALE MEAT Dishes at a Restaurant KUJIRASHOKUDOU 鯨食堂 in Saitama next to Tokyo くじら料理

Whale Steak KUJIRA SHOKUDOU Hokkai Suisan 北海水産 鯨食堂 くじらステーキCulture

Are you interested in eating whale meat such as steak, sushi, sashimi (raw) and deep fried whale?

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Whale Steak 鯨ステーキ

Whale Steak KUJIRA SHOKUDOU Hokkai Suisan 北海水産 鯨食堂 くじらステーキ

Whale Steak Set Meal 700 yen
A la cart 400 yen
鯨ステーキ Kujira Steak
Set meals include rice, soup and pickles.

Whale Steak KUJIRA SHOKUDOU Hokkai Suisan 北海水産 鯨食堂 くじらステーキ

This whale meat restaurant is run by a whale meat processor, and they are located the same site. That is why the restaurant can always offer their own freshly processed products.

When I have eaten whale meat at other restaurants, it didn't taste so good, whereas this restaurant's was tastier.

If you are a new to eat whale meat I recommend their whale steak at this restaurant to try it for the first time.

Whale Steak KUJIRA SHOKUDOU Hokkai Suisan 北海水産 鯨食堂 くじらステーキ

赤肉 Akaniku (赤身 Akami)
Lean Meat

Whale Steak KUJIRA SHOKUDOU Hokkai Suisan 北海水産 鯨食堂 くじらステーキ

When I ate it, my guess was that the meat had been sauteed in a sauce that included soy sauce, sugar, and ginger among other things.

Whale Steak KUJIRA SHOKUDOU Hokkai Suisan 北海水産 鯨食堂 くじらステーキ

It has a slightly unique flavor like mutton or something, but it tastes good.

Deep Fried Whale 鯨たつた揚げ

くじら竜田揚げ Deep Fried Whale KUJIRA SHOKUDOU Hokkai Suisan 北海水産 鯨食堂 鯨たつた揚

Deep Fried Whale Set Meal 700 yen
A la cart 400 yen
鯨たつた揚 Kujira Tatsutaage

くじら竜田揚げ Deep Fried Whale KUJIRA SHOKUDOU Hokkai Suisan 北海水産 鯨食堂 鯨たつた揚
くじら竜田揚げ Deep Fried Whale KUJIRA SHOKUDOU Hokkai Suisan 北海水産 鯨食堂 鯨たつた揚
くじら竜田揚げ Deep Fried Whale KUJIRA SHOKUDOU Hokkai Suisan 北海水産 鯨食堂 鯨たつた揚

I put mayonnaise, mustard and sauce on it.

Breaded Deep Fried Whale 鯨カツ

くじらカツ Breaded Deep Fried Whale KUJIRA SHOKUDOU Hokkai Suisan 北海水産 鯨食堂 鯨カツ

Breaded Deep Fried Whale Set Meal 700 yen
A la cart 400 yen
鯨カツ Kujira Katsu

くじらカツ Breaded Deep Fried Whale KUJIRA SHOKUDOU Hokkai Suisan 北海水産 鯨食堂 鯨カツ
くじらカツ Breaded Deep Fried Whale KUJIRA SHOKUDOU Hokkai Suisan 北海水産 鯨食堂 鯨カツ
くじらカツ Breaded Deep Fried Whale KUJIRA SHOKUDOU Hokkai Suisan 北海水産 鯨食堂 鯨カツ

How to order

First, buy a meal ticket.

This ticketing machine don't accept 5000 and 10000 yen bills. Please feel free to ask the staff to exchange.

Whale Restaurant KUJIRA SHOKUDOU Hokkai Suisan 北海水産 鯨食堂 くじら
  • 鳥の空揚げ定食 Tori-no-karaage Teishoku
    Deep Fried Chicken Set Meal
    550 yen
    There is no button on the machine. Instead, buy the same price one カツオづけ丼 550 yen. When you hand the ticket to the staff you should order Tori-no-karaage Teishoku.

  • 鯨さしみ定食 Kujira Sashimi Teishoku
    Whale Sashimi (Fresh Meat) Set Meal
    700 yen
  • 鯨カツ定食 Kujira Katsu Teishoku
    Breaded Deep Fried Whale Cutlet Set Meal
    700 yen
  • 鯨たつた揚定食 Kujira Tatsutaage Teishoku
    Deep Fried Whale Set Meal
    700 yen
  • 鯨ステーキ定食 Kujira Steak Teishoku
    Whale Steak Set Meal (Regular Size)
    700 yen
  • 鯨ひとくちステーキ定食 Kujira Hitokuchi Steak Teishoku
    Whale Steak Set Meal (Small Size)
    600 yen
  • 鯨ヅケ丼 Kujira Zukedon
    Marinated Fresh Whale on Rice Bowl
    700 yen
  • まぐろネギトロ丼 Maguro Negitorodon
    Minced Fresh Tuna and Ingredients on Rice Bowl
    700 yen
  • カツオづけ丼 Katsuo Zukedon
    Marinated Fresh Bonito on Rice Bowl
    550 yen
  • 鯨ネギトロ丼 Kujira Negitorodon
    Minced Fresh Whale and Ingredients on Rice Bowl
    600 yen
  • 鯨ユッケ丼 Kujira Yukkedon
    Chopped Fresh Whale with Egg York on Rice Bowl
    600 yen
  • 土曜限定*鯨上寿司「松」Kujira Jouzuhi Matsu
    Fresh Whale Sushi PREMIUM
    900 yen
    Only Saturday
  • 鯨寿司「竹」 Kujira-zushi Take
    Fresh Whale Sushi SPECIAL
    750 yen
    Only Saturday
  • おかず単品 Okazu Tanpin
    A la cart Main Dish
    400 yen
    When you hand the ticket to the chef you have to say the main dish name you want.
  • 鯨ベーコン単品 Kujira Bacon Tanpin
    Whale Bacon (A la cart)
    500 yen
  • お持ち帰りたつた揚げ2人前 Omochikaeri Tatsutaage Nininmae
    Deep Fried Whale for to go (2 portions)
    800 yen
  • 穴子天ぷら定食 Anago Tempura Teishoku
    Conger Eel Tempura Set Meal
    700 yen
  • 鯨寿司「梅」 Kujira-zushi Ume
    Fresh Whale Sushi REGULAR
    600 yen
    Only Saturday

Note
They offer the sushi items only on Saturday.

Memo
On this page, fresh meat means raw meat.

These set meals include rice, soup and pickles. If you don't need them you can buy the a la cart ticket おかず単品.

Whale Restaurant KUJIRA SHOKUDOU Hokkai Suisan 北海水産 鯨食堂 くじら

Second, you hand your ticket to the staff at the section printed 受付 of the kitchen.

When you buy a set meal, you can change the rice to the large size for free if you want. (No extra charge.)
Say,
Gohan oomori ご飯大盛 (Large rice)

Next, get a numbered plastic plate as pictured below.

Whale Restaurant KUJIRA SHOKUDOU Hokkai Suisan 北海水産 鯨食堂 くじら

Then, find yourself an empty seat.

Whale Restaurant KUJIRA SHOKUDOU Hokkai Suisan 北海水産 鯨食堂 くじら
Whale Restaurant KUJIRA SHOKUDOU Hokkai Suisan 北海水産 鯨食堂 くじら

Finally, when your food is prepared, the staff calls your numbered card in Japanese. You can wait for the food at your table, but if you are not good at listening to Japanese, it would be better for you to wait for your food in front of the kitchen.

Whale Restaurant KUJIRA SHOKUDOU Hokkai Suisan 北海水産 鯨食堂 くじら

There were 2 kinds of pickles for free such as Chinese cabbage pickles and Takana-mayonnaise (pickled mustered leaf) mixed with mayonnaise.

Mayonnaise, salt, chill pepper, normal sauce, soy sauce and mustard were also available.
These are sometimes changed or run out, unfortunately.

Whale Steak KUJIRA SHOKUDOU Hokkai Suisan 北海水産 鯨食堂 くじらステーキ

I put Takana-mayonnaise on the rice and Chinese cabbage pickles on the small dish.

I have eaten three varieties of whale dishes such as steak, deep-fried and cutlet ones at this restaurant.

To be honest.
Currently, whale steak is my favorite between the three.
Because the steak had been sauteed in the sauce, the unique smell of the meat was decreased and the meat was softer.

Whereas the deep-fried and cutlet ones still had a smell that some people might not like.

Whale Restaurant KUJIRA SHOKUDOU Hokkai Suisan 北海水産 鯨食堂 くじら

After finishing the meal, you should return your empty dishes to the counter printed 食器下げ口 or the second counter.
Don't put it on the top counter printed お渡し口.

Whale Restaurant KUJIRA SHOKUDOU Hokkai Suisan 北海水産 鯨食堂 くじら

They sell frozen or canned whale foods.

When I went to the restaurant there were 2 kinds of foods with sauces to sample for free!
The toothpicks in the cup are new, however the dish is for used ones.
If you like any of the samples, you can purchase that product to take with you.

Whale Restaurant KUJIRA SHOKUDOU Hokkai Suisan 北海水産 鯨食堂 くじら

This is a type of whale sashimi (fresh whale) as pictured above.
The right side cup is a sauce.

Whale Restaurant KUJIRA SHOKUDOU Hokkai Suisan 北海水産 鯨食堂 くじら
Whale Restaurant KUJIRA SHOKUDOU Hokkai Suisan 北海水産 鯨食堂 くじら

You can put this sample meat in a sauce before tasting.

Information

Whale Restaurant KUJIRA SHOKUDOU Hokkai Suisan 北海水産 鯨食堂 くじら

Restaurant name
KUJIRA SHOKUDOU
鯨食堂 (くじら食堂)


Business hours
Open: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday (except national holiday)
Closed: Wednesday, Sunday, national holiday

11:00 am - 2:00 pm

Website (in Japanese)

鯨食堂
北海水産㈱の鯨食堂案内
  • No service fee / No cover charge
  • Self service
  • 10% tax is included in the prices.
  • Credit card is not accepted.
Whale Restaurant KUJIRA SHOKUDOU Hokkai Suisan 北海水産 鯨食堂 くじら

The restaurant's parking lot only fits some cars.

The restaurant is located on their company property. The freshest seafood is made available to discerning customers.

Whale Restaurant KUJIRA SHOKUDOU Hokkai Suisan 北海水産 鯨食堂 くじら

There is a simple bathroom outside the restaurant. (Green door)

Whale Restaurant KUJIRA SHOKUDOU Hokkai Suisan 北海水産 鯨食堂 くじら

There is a bus stop in front of the restaurant.

Whale Restaurant KUJIRA SHOKUDOU Hokkai Suisan 北海水産 鯨食堂 くじら

山王橋際 (さんのうばしぎわ)
Sannoubashigiwa Bus Stop

There is a recommended hostel in Tokyo is below.

Emblem Hostel in Nishiarai Tokyo エンブレムホステル 西新井 東京
This reasonable hostel has clean, nice rooms and facilities.Just make yourself at home in the lounge (on the picture above) and Cafe&Bar (on the 2nd floor).You can meet with friendly guests there.The lounge on the 3rd floor is for hostel guests on...

It takes 21 minutes from

西新井駅 Nishiarai-eki Bus Stop near the hostel

No.5 Bus Stop (Map) at the West side of Nishiarai 西新井 Station

Destination: [赤23]荒川大橋経由 赤羽駅東口行

to

山王橋際 Sannoubashigiwa Bus Stop in front of the restaurant.

Fare 220 yen (One-way)

The bus comes 3 or 4 times a hour at these bus stops.

The bus route map is below.

https://5931bus.com/files/topics/1006_ext_03_1.pdf

Manhole マンホール 埼玉県川口市 コバトン

I found a unique design manhole near the restaurant.


Information of the restaurant and the bus is as of January 2020.

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