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Mitsukoshimae:
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You'll find excep-
tionally good re-
gional cuisine from
Shimane Prefecture
and very reasonable
prices at this old-
fashioned izakaya.
The menu showcases
fish and seafood
flown in from the
region as well as
local-style dishes
prepared from heir-
loom breeds of pork
and chicken. There's
also a good selec-
tion of Shimane
craft sake, with a
friendly staff who
are happy to advise
you on your selec-
tion.

As with many good
izakaya, the sashimi
platter of the day
is an excellent
place to start; here
it's served with
wasabi root that you
grate yourself and
three varieties of
soy sauce. Other
quick-to-arrive
dishes for the hun-
gry diner include
the colorful vegeta-
ble and crabmeat
salad, and the very
tasty cold grilled
Mochibuta pork in
sesame dressing,
served salad-style
with greens and lots
of raw onions. Cu-
cumber with miso dip
is served with a
rather sweet, very
chunky miso that's
studded with un-
blended bits of bean
- a refreshing vari-
ation on this clas-
sic izakaya dish.

The grilled chicken
is more of a produc-
tion number -
Daisen-dori (a fla-
vorful heirloom
breed) seasoned with
spicy yuzu-kosho and
cooked over a port-
able grill right at
your table. The
results are flavor-
ful and very tender
- adjectives that
could also describe
the garlicky ika-
geso kara-age (deep-
fried squid tenta-
cles). Another high-
light is the
satsuma-age (frit-
ters) made from
flying fish - not
the least bit oily,
but well balanced
and pleasantly
crunchy with various
vegetable bits mixed
into the batter.

The sake list fea-
tures twelve brands
from small craft
breweries, most
priced in the Y800
per glass range. (If
you order 1-go it
comes in a glass,
while 2-go servings
come in a tokkuri to
serve the table.)
More adventurous
drinkers may wish to
try the Shimane-ken
wine - red and white
are each Y630 per
glass. The restau-
rant is affiliated
with the Shimane-ken
Prefectural antenna
shop next door,
which helps explain
the abundance of
freshly imported
ingredients and the
very reasonable
prices. Budget
around Y3500-4500
per person for ample
food and drink;
party plans are also
available.
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Chuo-ku, Nihonba-
shi Muromachi 1-5-3.
 Open 11am-2:30,
5-10:30pm (LO)
daily.
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