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Yoramu/
Karasuma-Oike: Bar
₯075-213-1512
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Long-term Japan
resident Yoram Ofer
loves good sake, and
he's happy to share
his extensive knowl-
edge of the subject
with the customers
at the intimate
little sake pub that
bears his name. The
sake selection is
quite unusual, fo-
cusing on small,
out-of-the-way brew-
eries that produce
distinctively fla-
vored products. The
list changes quite
often, since it
includes limited-
production seasonal
brews as well as a
fair number of koshu
(aged sakes). And if
you need a break
from sake, you can
choose from some
unusual and tasty
Japanese microbrew
beers.

The light food menu
is designed to go
with your drinks
rather than make a
major meal. Nearly
everything is priced
at Y500, with food
items ranging from
Japanese (grilled
shiitake mushrooms,
fried lotus root) to
European (pastas) to
Middle Eastern (fal-
afel and baba ga-
noush) - even vege-
tarian sake connois-
seurs will find
plenty to choose
from. The bar itself
is small and ele-
gant, with ikebana
arrangements and a
lantern-lit pebble-
strewn pathway lead-
ing from the en-
trance down to the
main bar area in
back, which seats
maybe half a dozen
people. The atmos-
phere is low-key,
with mostly Japanese
customers and a
smattering of local
foreign residents
and the occasional
visiting tourist.
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Nijodori Higashin-
otoin Higashi-iru.
[on Nijo, 2 blocks
north, 2 1/2 blocks
east of Karasuma
Oike intersection]
 Open 6pm-mid-
night. Closed Mon-
days, 1st Sunday.
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