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ššShilingol/
Sugamo: Mongolian
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The existence of
places like Shilin-
gol is one of the
many fringe benefits
of living in a big
city. Tiny, unpre-
tentious "ethnic"
restaurants tucked
into out-of-the-way
neighborhoods, of-
fering authentic
food from faraway
lands and serving,
in their own way, as
cultural embassies.
When they cook up
food as great as
Shilingol's, it's
just an added bonus.


A brisk six-minute
walk from Sugamo
station (Yamanote,
Mita lines), Shilin-
gol is in a quiet
residential neigh-
borhood, housed in
what looks like a
converted coffee
shop. The space is
unassuming but
charming - tradi-
tional Mongolian
paintings hang from
the walls, and every
surface is covered
by bric-a-brac and
tchotchkes - spice
jars, tea-making
equipment, musical
instruments, wooden
carvings of horses,
stuffed horses,
miniature bows and
arrows, a chess set,
and some odd-looking
hats. When you sit
down you'll be wel-
comed with a bowl of
Mongolian milk tea -
very creamy, a bit
salty, and almost
buttery in flavor.

The food menu is
dominated by lamb
dishes, such as well
seasoned, spicy
kebabs (Y1000 for
3); a richly fla-
vored lamb and vege-
table stew; garlicky
lamb dumplings; and
a shabu-shabu hotpot
dish. Cold appetiz-
ers include gar-
licky, spicy tofu
cubes (Y500), and
garlicky, spicy
shredded potatoes
(Y500). (They've
definitely got a
garlic theme going
here.) The drinks
menu lists Mongolian
vodkas, a tangy
fermented milk drink
called "airag", and
beer. There's a live
performance of tra-
ditional Mongolian
music every night at
8pm, and cassettes
and CDs of the music
are on sale to take
home.
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45pm (LO) daily.
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