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šTalkin' Loud/
Yotsuya 3-chome:
Sake bar
₯6380-6836
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It's finally here,
the world's first
acid-jazz sake bar,
playing an invigo-
rating soundtrack of
early-nineties acid
jazz and triphop
while pouring an
impressive mix of
rare-groove premium
sake. The fifty or
sixty bottles in the
fridge include many
seasonal brews and
small batches from
artisanal producers
around the country,
with some bottles
that you probably
won't find anywhere
else in Tokyo.

There's no menu
though - this is the
kind of place where
the proprietor
learns your taste in
sake (in Japanese)
and makes recommen-
dations. The small
but well-constructed
food menu is de-
signed to go with
sake, with umami-
rich dishes like the
excellent fugu-roe
pasta, roast pork in
shio-koji, and pota-
to salad. Since this
is a one-man opera-
tion, you may have
to wait a bit for
your food when it's
crowded.

There are just six
seats at the counter
and three small
tables, with a big
window looking out
onto the alleyway in
front. The proprie-
tor here, Taro Ishi-
da, is a veteran of
a similarly well-
stocked sake bar
around the corner
called All That
Jazz. (Talkin' Loud
is named after the
legendary London-
based acid-jazz
record label,
started in 1990 by
Gilles Peterson.)
Most sake are priced
at Y500-700 per
serving, while food
is around Y600-800
per dish.
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Shinjuku-ku, Ara-
kicho 8.  Open
6pm-midnight. Closed
Sundays.
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