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šWashoku En/
Marunouchi: Japanese
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"Washoku En" is a
deluxe branch of a
small izakaya chain
known for their
high-quality origi-
nal food, design-
savvy interiors and
good value for mon-
ey. The service here
is still izakaya-
style - beer, sake
and shochu to drink,
small dishes to
nibble on - but the
stunning decor and
the beautiful pres-
entation take En to
a level far beyond
the typical after-
work drinking spot.

The Oazo office
complex in Marunou-
chi offers an unusu-
al view over the red
brick buildings and
the tracks of Tokyo
Station, and En
takes good advantage
of this location. A
large horikotatsu
dining area looks
out over the station
through a long span
of floor-to-ceiling
windows, while pri-
vate dining rooms on
the south side offer
views of the Maru
Biru and beyond. En
also has a spacious
main dining area at
the entrance, with a
comfortably wide
counter and numerous
tables.

High-quality materi-
als and craftsman-
ship are evident
throughout the res-
taurant - beautiful-
ly patterned
screens, smoothly
polished blond-wood
tables and counters,
burnished metal
columns. The serv-
ingware is also
quite lovely, in-
cluding beautiful
glassware - light-
weight, attractively
rounded, perfectly
balanced in the
hand. Dishes and
bowls, lacquer
trays, serving chop-
sticks - all meet
the same high stan-
dards.

The kitchen turns
out simple seasonal
dishes, with modest
prices and small-ish
portions so you can
try many different
flavors. Grilled
salmon belly is
pleasantly oily with
crunchy skin - a
great combination.
The cold eggplant
and asparagus is
exceptional, with a
deep smoky tang and
just a hint of vine-
gar to bring out the
full flavor. The
crisply grilled
chicken comes with
its own tray of
condiments - garlic
soy sauce, miso, and
salt with sansho
pepper. And there's
plenty more on the
menu in the way of
grilled fish, meats,
and tofu and yuba
dishes.

Drinks include thir-
teen premium sakes
(one served hot),
balanced between
familiar names and
more unusual finds,
plus thirteen kinds
of shochu. Wines are
thoughtfully chosen,
with good-value
Australian reds and
solid choices in
white like Cloudy
Bay Sauvignon Blanc
(Y6400). There are
four wines by the
glass or carafe, and
Yebisu beer is on
draft. Budget around
Y4500-6500 per per-
son for an average-
sized dinner with
drinks. En also
serves lunch.
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Chiyoda-ku, Maru-
nouchi 1-6-4, Maru-
nouchi Oazo 5F. 
Open 11am-2:30, 5-
10:30pm (LO) daily.
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