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Tanaka/
Shinjuku: Kushiage
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This popular Osaka-
based izakaya is the
complete opposite of
your typical Tokyo
gourmet kushiage
shop - the atmos-
phere is lively and
often raucous, with
every inch of the
tightly packed ta-
bles crowded to
overflowing with
trays of food and
drinks. And, true to
their Osaka roots,
prices are very
reasonable - most
deep-fried skewers
are Y100-120 each,
with luxury items
like asparagus and
scallops just Y200.

There are assortment
platters if you want
to start with the
basics (pork and
beef cutlets and
various vegetables),
or you can jump
right in with the
more unusual items
among the menu's
forty choices -
deep-fried ginger
root, garlic cloves,
pickles, liver,
shishamo. Fried
bananas are always a
nice idea, and the
ones here make a
great dessert course
alongside deep-fried
mangos and "cookies
and cream" - two
battered and fried
Oreo-like cookies.

Drinks are also
quite inexpensive,
which helps to ex-
plain the impressive
noise level of the
room - whiskey-based
cocktails start at
Y350, and Tanaka has
their own label of
rough but service-
able one-cup sake,
also Y350.

One important thing
to note is the
shop's sauce policy
- double-dipping is
strictly prohibited.
You can dip each
skewer into the
communal sauce con-
tainer only once,
before you take a
bite. If you want a
bit more sauce after
that, you can use a
raw cabbage leaf as
a dipping utensil to
transfer more sauce
to your plate.

(Open from 2pm week-
ends; LO 12:30am
Sundays and holi-
days.)
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Shinjuku-ku, Shin-
juku 3-12-4, Kumasan
Bldg 1F.  Open
5pm-1:30am (LO)
daily.
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