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Issa/
Nishi-Shinjuku:
Japanese
₯3345-1087
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At first glance Issa
looks just like a
stylish bar, but
they offer a big and
varied food menu as
well. The interior
is dark and chicly
appointed, with
tables arranged in a
multi-level plan to
take maximum advan-
tage of the 29th-
floor view.

The food selection
is eclectic to say
the least (they
advertise a mix of
"Kyoto x Paris") -
pizza, roast pota-
toes, Chinese dump-
lings, Vietnamese
spring rolls - and
all relatively inex-
pensive. The roast
potatoes are slow-
cooked and soft, and
the excellent home-
made tofu provides
the promised touch
of Kyoto. The enter-
taining gyoza plat-
ter is also recom-
mended - it gives
you an assortment of
ten different dump-
ling varieties (may-
be 15 pieces in all)
for Y2000.

The most surprising
things on the menu
are Issa's original
cocktails, which
glow in the dark.
Different flavors
come in neon colors
of green, blue and
red. (There seems to
be a tiny battery-
operated device
inside the ice
cubes, but we didn't
inspect too closely.
) The effect is
startling at first,
but after you've
gotten used to it
the glowing glasses
at nearby tables
make a nice visual
counterpoint to the
far-off lights of
Shibuya and Roppongi
in the distance.
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Shinjuku-ku,
Nishi-Shinjuku 2-4-
1, Shinjuku NS Bldg.
29F.  Open 11am-2,
4:30-11pm daily.
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