Translated by Shinji Takaramura
Sumiyakiya: A Halal-Certified Grill In Roppongi
Located in Nishi-Azabu, Sumiyakiya offers delicious yakiniku that is guaranteed to be halal-friendly. Let's check it out!
Written by YOSHIHITO OSHIMA
It takes about 8 minutes on foot to reach Nishi-Azabu from Roppongi Station. This chic neighborhood is home to Sumiyakiya, a halal-certified yakiniku restaurant, a rare sight in Japan.
Yakiniku is essentially indoor BBQ-style grilling, where sliced beef is cooked and then eaten with a variety of sauces or other seasonings. This delicious restaurant experience is gaining popularity overseas, however it can be difficult for those with dietary restrictions, such as Muslims, to take part in these meals.
With the idea of inclusivity in mind, Sumiyakiya decided to offer halal certified beef so that Muslim visitors to their shop could enjoy the full Japanese BBQ experience without fear. The beef served at Sumiyakiya has been sourced and prepared in accordance with Islamic Law.
When you enter the restaurant, a photograph of Mahathir bin Mohamad, the fourth prime minister of Malaysia, and a handwritten message from him comes into view. The fact that a leading Muslim figure visited Sumiyakiya shows how highly regarded this restaurant is.
The halal certificate is placed near the entrance.
The interior looks cozy; and besides being halal-certified, it's no different from an ordinary yakiniku restaurant. For the Muslims who wanted to visit a yakiniku restaurant with a strong Japanese atmosphere, this is the place to go.
Most customers come in groups, but there are customers who come alone as well. Sumiyakiya is also a good place to enjoy yakiniku on your own.
There is a "HALAL" mark on all the plates serving halal dishes. This is to avoid the plates of Muslims and non-Muslims getting mixed up when they come in groups.
The grills are all disposable types, so that Muslims can enjoy the meal without fear.
Sumiyakiya serves F-1 grade Miyazaki Prefecture beef, which is grown in a safe environment. Miyazaki beef is a crossbreed of the Holstein and Japanese beef cattle, and the restaurant has seasoned it with fragrant fresh herbs.
Sumiyakiya is strongly recommended for Muslims who haven't tasted Japanese yakiniku yet. They serve delicious, halal-certified meat, so please give it a try.
Address: Tokyo, Minato, Nishi-Azabu, 3-20-16, Nishiazabu Annex 1F
Hours: Mon-Sat 11:30-14:30 (lunch), 18:00-23:30 (dinner)
*On Sundays and National holidays, the restaurant will be open for dinner upon request.
Nearest Station: Roppongi Station (六本木駅) Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line
Access: 6 minute walk from exit 1A of Roppongi station
Price: About 4000 to 5000 yen
Phone Number: 03-3403-5397