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šHachibei
(Roppongi)/
Nogizaka: Yakitori
₯3475-1689
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Despite its prime
location one minute
from Tokyo Midtown,
this stylish, re-
laxed basement iza-
kaya feels far re-
moved from the hub-
bub of Roppongi
nightlife. Kyushu-
style yakitori is
the centerpiece of
the menu, but
there's much more -
beautiful charcoal-
grilled seasonal
vegetables, exotic
regional dishes like
horse sashimi, and a
surprisingly big
wine list.

The first thing you
notice about yakito-
ri from Hakata (the
old name for Fukuo-
ka, the Kyushu capi-
tal) is that it's
served over a bed of
vinegared cabbage,
which also serves as
a refreshing, high-
fiber palate cleans-
er between skewers.
The chicken is art-
fully grilled over
the finest binchotan
charcoal, and the
results are tender,
moist and very fla-
vorful. The sasami
umeshiso (chicken
breast fillets with
plum and shiso) was
particularly good,
and our chicken
wings had pleasingly
crunchy skin without
being dry.

The rather fatty
grilled pork belly
is another standout,
and vegetable high-
lights included
bamboo shoots (liv-
ened up by a spicy
miso paste) and
crisp gingko nuts.
The horse sashimi
came in two differ-
ent cuts, one quite
tender and the other
a bit more chewy.
Another notable side
dish is the endomame
kushiage - deep-
fried green-pea
fritters on skewers.
The Caesar salad,
topped with very
nice home-cured
bacon, is also worth
a try.

The drinks menu
features more than
two dozen wines,
priced from Y3400-
12,800 per bottle.
There are also six
kinds of shochu, two
umeshu, and four
well-chosen sakes,
two from Fukuoka and
two from next-door
neighbor Saga Pre-
fecture. Budget
around Y4000 for
food and drink - a
very reasonable
price for this qual-
ity level in Roppon-
gi.
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Minato-ku, Roppon-
gi 7-4-5, B1F. 
Open 6pm-12:30am
(LO). Closed
Sundays.
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