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šTeyandei/
Nishi-Azabu: Izakaya
₯3407-8127
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This is a comfort-
able neighborhood
izakaya that serves
terrific food. The
two-story shop occu-
pies a converted
private house on a
quiet back street (a
few minutes north of
Roppongi-dori), with
decor that veers
toward the tradi-
tional end of the
scale. Traditional,
but never stuffy -
the friendly, upbeat
staff set the tone,
and their enthusias-
tic shouts and the
celebratory sounds
from the upstairs
party space create a
lively auditory
backdrop.

The focal point of
the shop is a mas-
sive central coun-
ter, lined with big
black jugs of sho-
chu, and this is the
place to soak up the
full atmosphere of
Teyandei. (There are
also a few tables
and a medium-sized
tatami room off to
the side.) Behind
the counter is a
grill area bounded
by thick concrete
walls, where much of
the main cooking
action takes place.
The menu covers all
the bases of the
modern Tokyo gourmet
charcoal grill -
free-range chicken,
small-farm raised
"kurobuta" pork from
Kyushu, and fresh
Hokkaido seafood on
the seasonal menu.
Creative salads and
serious tofu dishes
round things out,
and they even offer
a smattering of
desserts.

The cooking here is
simple but thought-
fully conceived. For
example the excel-
lent fried scallops
- juicy on the in-
side, with a light
and crunchy coating
- reach perfection
thanks to just a
splash of salty
anchovy sauce. The
grilled chicken with
scallions would have
been fantastic even
without the homemade
sesame dipping
sauce, which brings
it to another level.
And the spicy cab-
bage salad gets an
exciting crunch from
the deep-fried tiny
jako fish mixed in
with the nori and
scallions.

Other menu high-
lights inclue the
succulent "kurobuta
tsukune" (somehow
the term "pork meat-
balls" doesn't do
this dish justice),
and the smoked,
charcoal-grilled
salmon (often to be
found on the season-
al menu). There are
only three regular
sakes (Harushika,
Kuroushi and Dewaza-
kura) and another
three rotating sea-
sonal choices, but
we happen to enjoy
most of their selec-
tions with this
food. There's also
Yebisu beer, cock-
tails, wine, and the
usual trendy-izakaya
line-up of gourmet
shochu brands.

Budget around Y2500-
4000 per person for
food and drinks;
there's also a very
attractively priced
party plan wherein
Y2500 per person
will get you a huge
feast. Teyandei also
has popular branches
in Omotesando and
the Sakuragaokacho
section of Shibuya.
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