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šWhale/
Koenji: Middle
Eastern
₯5327-8682
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Well-selected and
reasonably priced
craft beers and
wines are comple-
mented by simple
Middle Eastern fare
(tajines, dips,
falafel) at this
tiny drinking spot.
Located next to a
sister shop called
Kujira Curry Bar and
across from a Viet-
namese BBQ stall,
Whale is one of more
than a dozen bars
and mini-restaurants
making up the Dai-
ichi Ichiba restau-
rant arcade, a
retro-style, indoor
"food alley" just
north of Koenji
station.

Craft-beer drinkers
can find Punk IPA
from Scottish brew-
ery Brew Dog on tap,
along with several
more of their beers
in bottles and cans,
plus some less com-
monly seen European
and US microbrews.
During a recent
visit we discovered
some excellent beers
from Dutch craft
brewery De Molen and
Norwegian outfit
Nogne. The wine list
is also eclectic and
budget-friendly, for
example Sokol Blos-
sor's "Evolution"
white blend is Y4000
per bottle.

Our otoshi turned
out to be a good-
sized portion of
home-smoked bacon
served with cumin
bread, a great match
for our first round
of IPAs. Equally
beer-friendly are
the baba ganoush and
other mezze-style
dips, which come
with tasty home-made
pita bread, and the
crunchy falafel
balls, served with a
spicy yogurt sauce.

Service is friendly
and knowledgeable,
and the atmosphere
is very casual. Most
bottles of wine are
priced in the Y2800-
5000 range, with
some outliers. Bud-
get around Y2500-
3000 for a few
rounds of high-qual-
ity drinks and
snacks, or just drop
in for a quick drink
and otoshi before
you explore the rest
of this lively ar-
cade. (Open from 2pm
on weekends.)
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Suginami-ku,
Koenji-Kita 3-22-8,
Dai-ichi Ichiba. 
Open 5pm-2am daily.
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