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Omotesando: Izakaya
₯5474-5959
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Great sake and fan-
tastic charcoal-
grilled fare served
in a relaxed, pleas-
ant dining room, all
for a very reason-
able price - Nana-
daime Tora comes
pretty close to
embodying the Pla-
tonic ideal of the
perfect izakaya. The
counter is wide and
comfortable, and the
open hearth adds a
warm, homey feeling
to the room. As an
added bonus, there's
no smoking and the
restaurant is open
on Sundays.

The specialty here
is what they call
"genshiyaki" -
roughly translated
as "primitive grill-
ing" - with a slight
emphasis on seafood
but respectable
offerings in the
beef, chicken and
vegetable depart-
ments as well. The
beef wasabi was one
of our favorite
dishes here - the
cuts they use retain
a good amount of
fat, and the smoke
from the fat drip-
ping onto the char-
coal adds an incred-
ible flavor to the
meat, well balanced
by the pungency of
fresh wasabi.

Our grilled fish and
shellfish dishes
were also extraordi-
nary, with beauti-
fully crisp skin on
the fish thanks to
the very hot coals
they use for grill-
ing. Our sashimi
assortmeant also
reached the same
high standards, and
was attractively
presented.

Although we started
with beer, we found
several decent sakes
that were well
matched to the food.
Budget around Y6000-
8000 at dinnertime.
They also serve
lunch, though not on
Mondays.
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Shibuya-ku, Jingu-
mae 4-4-8, Grande
Bleu Omotesando Bldg
B1F.  Open 11am-1:
30, 5-10pm (LO)
daily.
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