“Omi beef” is the No. 1 Wagyu beef brand in Japan, boasting of more than 400-year history.
Omi beef is a Wagyu beef brand which has the longest history of over 400 years. It is the highest-grade brand beef in Japan.
The meat quality is beautiful marbling, which is typical of Omi beef. The meat fat has such a low melting point as it melts even with the human temperature of skin and features a light taste.Omi beef is characterized by its rich flavor and meltingly delicious tastes, earning a high appreciation nationwide.
Restaurant Matsukiya Main restaurant14-17 Karahashicho Otsu-shi, Shiga Pref. 520-0851
- Opening hours
- Lunch time: 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. (Last order), Closed at 3:00 p.m.
Dinner time: 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. (Last order), Closed at 9:30 p.m.
- Regular closed days
- Open everyday (May have irregular holidays)
- 8 minutes walk from Ishiyama station on JR Biwako line. Very close from Karahashimae station on Keihan Railway.
Matsukiya is particular about Omi beef
Mature the carefully selected Omi beef carcass at a low temperature to extract more meat juice.
A food processing technique which takes advantage of “coldness,” such as Kanzarashi (exposure of materials to cold air or water), Kanboshi (aeration) and Kanjikomi (preparation of materials in winter), and has been passed down since old times in Japan. “ Based on this traditional technique, we mature carcasses at a low temperature in an ice refrigerator while keeping freshness in a hygienic way. Omi beef matured in a low temperature proves Matsukiya’s persistence in quality.
We focus on bringing out flavors inherent in beef and offer the mature Omi beef in the best condition.
Beef becomes soft and juicy, increasing its flavors and tastes through the process of “maturing.” But since there is an individual difference in the marbled Omi beef, Matukiya sets a period to mature beef relying on our long years experience to offer the beef under the best condition.
History of Matsukiya
Matsukiya spread the name of Omi beef all over Japan.
Our ancestor Shozo Nishii extended the distribution channels of Omi beef and disseminated the name of Omi beef all over Japan in the early Meiji era.
Ginza Matsukiya is best for Sukiyaki.
Matsukiya opened its original restaurant specializing in Sukiyaki with Omi beef at Ginza, Tokyo in 1883. At that time, it was said, “if you want to have Sukiyaki, Ginza Matsukiya is the only place to go.” Yoshio Nishii the third who took over the goodwill of Matsukiya established a restaurant in Shiga Prefecture and now Motoharu Nishii the fourth operates restaurants in Shiga (main restaurant).
Purveyor to the Imperial Household Agency
We had delivered beef (Omi beef) to Daizenryo (a facility to cook or hold parties for the Emperor) of the Imperial Household Agency as a purveyor during the three periods of Meiji, Taisho and Showa.