Eating Wild Game in Tokyo. Great Restaurants Serving Venison, Boar, etc.
Tokyo is basically heaven for anyone who loves to eat meat. You can find it in pretty much every restaurant prepared in myriad ways. However, wild game such as venison, boar, rabbit, and duck meat is much less common to find. Here is a quick overview of some great places to go if you're feeling like eating wild.
Nico is a cozy little restaurant in the Kanda area with a rustic interior. The restaurant sources wild game meat from hunters around the whole country and you can try a variety of dishes and meats. There's even a 'venison tartar' dish (yes, raw venison) that is delicious and unheard of at other restaurants. If you order a variety of dishes and enjoy some drinks with your meal, expect to pay around ¥6,000 per person.
Jibier Inoshikachou is a small restaurant in near Koenji Station (west a few stops from Shinjuku). the name 'Inoshikachou' is a combination of the characters for boar, deer, and bird, which hints at the type of meat you'll find on the menu. The chef owner of Jibier Inoshikachou is a hunter himself, and the meat here is some of the best you can get in Tokyo. Despite this, the prices are fairly reasonable (expect to pay around ¥5,000 for a full meal and wine). The restaurant has a French theme, and in addition to the delicious French food is an extensive menu of select French wines. Nothing better than meat and wine, right?
Yaki Gibier Wana is a chain of wild game yakiniku restaurants found around Tokyo. The concept is a casual restaurant where you can try many different types of meat and grill it yourself at your table. Try boar meat, venison, pheasant, bear meat, and more in a relaxed setting with very reasonable prices. You can order a la carte, or get a course (which can include an all-you-can-drink option, if you like).
Assorted boar meat
Makuraki is a charming restaurant that specializes in Hokkaido-style home cooking. The restaurant's specialty is venison shabu shabu, which you're unlikely to find anywhere else in Tokyo! Dip thinly sliced strips of venison into a bubbling pot of delicious soup broth for truly Japanese-tasting wild game. There's a shabu shabu course that includes all-you-can-drink alcohol for 2 hours that's ¥5,500. The restaurant is also open for lunch, where the menu item of choice is the Hokkaido deer curry, filled with lean chunks of flavorful venison (¥900 with salad bar). The restaurant is located in Tsukishima on the Oedo subway line, not too far from the Tsukiji market.
Gibier Ryori Anzai (ジビエ料理アンザイ)
Anzai is quite a special restaurant for many reasons. The first is obviously that they specialize in hot pot dishes (nabe) made with wild game meat. Second, though, is that the restaurant is literally just a regular house in a typical Tokyo neighborhood. If you look at it from the outside, you would have no idea that it was a restaurant unless you read the small Japanese sign that says 'Gibier Cooking Anzai' on top of the mailbox. On top of that, the restaurant only hosts one group per day (of 6 to 12 people) for dinner. That's it. You're basically having and home-cooked wild game dinner in someone's home. If this sounds like your kind of thing, make a reservation (they're required in advance) and get ready for an awesome meal. There are a variety of courses to choose from which range in price from ¥7,000 per person to ¥12,000 per person. Be aware that reservations must be made at least 2 days prior via the website.