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šKonbuya/
Nishi-Azabu: Oden
₯5464-3740
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Although it's best
known in its
convenience-store
and yatai manifesta-
tions, oden can be a
cuisine of great
subtlety and refine-
ment, and Konbuya in
Nishi-Azabu is an
excellent place to
investigate the
mysteries of upscale
oden preparation.
The oden here is
inspired, with over
three dozen individ-
ual items to choose
from, nearly all in
the Y300-500 price
range. And the sake
list is a nice mix
of familiar favor-
ites and more unusu-
al labels to ex-
plore.

Good oden starts
with good broth, and
the strongly konbu-
flavored broth here
is made with chicken
and konbu from Hok-
kaido suppliers.
Even the simplest
items show a careful
touch - the hanpen
is fluffy and light
but firm and never
bland; the daikon is
succulent and in-
tensely flavorful;
the various fish
balls are all dis-
tinct and nicely
textured. The half
of the menu devoted
to seasonal non-oden
dishes is worth
studying as well -
original creations
like a mizuna salad
with crunchy toasted
buckwheat seeds and
bits of ham (Y1000);
plump marinated
chicken and very
fresh eggplant in a
slightly smoky,
gingery ankake sauce
(Y1000); sansho-
peppery lotus root
and yama-udo (Y550);
turnip salad with
smoked salmon
(Y1000).

The restaurant it-
self is sleek and
modern, with the
wood-glass-and-stone
interior organized
around a large open
kitchen and central
counter area. There
are comfortable
tatami areas along
the outer walls and
more private tables
in the back, where
you're provided with
buzzers to summon
the waitress; each
area evokes its own
distinct atmosphere.
The staff are help-
ful and very knowl-
edgeable about the
sake and food, ready
to give advice if
you ask. For those
who must, there's a
small selection of
wines, with bottles
arbitrarily priced
at four, six, eight
and ten thousand
yen. But sake is
much more suited to
the food; the sake
list offers 17 dif-
ferent types, most
at Y800-1100 per
cup, and there's
even a selection of
five different sho-
chu.

No English menu or
English-speaking
service; average
budget Y5000-6000
with drinks; reser-
vations recommended.
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Minato-ku, Nishi-
Azabu 4-10-5. 
Open 6pm-1am (LO;
11pm Sundays). Open
every day.
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