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šGalali/
Sendagaya: Izakaya
₯5786-1820
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Lots of pubs and
restaurants serve
shochu these days,
but Galali spe-
cializes in the
variety made from
sugarcane (kokuto
shochu) which may
remind you of good
rum. The food menu
is well matched to
the drink - strong
assertive flavors,
with lots of gourmet
miso in all its
colors and varia-
tions.

In fact shochu and
miso are also an
important interior
design element here
- decorative shochu
bottles line an
recessed shelf run-
ning the length of
the upstairs dining
area, while big miso
pots decorate the
downstairs level.

The newly built but
charmingly rustic
building is long and
narrow, with one row
of tables upstairs
and a big, comfort-
able counter on the
ground floor. Heavy
wooden beams add a
feeling of solidity
to the space, and a
grill-like arrange-
ment of wooden slats
along the front
glass wall provides
privacy from the
street while main-
taining a visual
connection with the
outside.

The otoshi that
arrives when you sit
down is a good
introduction to the
sensibility at work
at Galali - it's
simply a bowl of
very fresh cabbage
slices accompanied
by three different
kinds of miso.
Light-colored miso
is served on a dark
plate and vice ver-
sa. There are many
other miso-oriented
dishes, plus a fair
selection of tempura
dishes. These change
with the season, but
some of our favorite
summer ingredients
include the crabmeat
and corn, prepared
kakiage style, and
the tangy myoga. The
natural oiliness of
the tempura is nice-
ly offset by the
crisp flavors of the
shochu.

Also recommended are
the seasonal fish
and seafood spe-
cials, including the
sashimi platter of
the day. Probably
our favorite dish is
the fanastic Berk-
shire pork, sauteed
with bean sprouts,
greens and a sur-
prisingly hefty dose
of garlic. If you
want a break from
shochu you'll find
three types of sake
(all quite good) and
four kinds of plum
wine. Budget around
Y3000-4000 at din-
nertime, including
drinks.
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Shibuya-ku, Senda-
gaya 2-6-4. [on the
N side of the street
halfway between
Sendagaya Shogakko
and Victor Studio]
 Open 11:30am-2,
5-11pm (LO) daily.
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