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Taz-ya/
Umeda: Izakaya
₯06-6367-0141
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This small, nearly
impossible-to-find
izakaya in the back
streets of Umeda has
a warm and cozy
atmosphere that
instantly relaxes
you when you walk
in. It's the kind of
place where you can
drop in for a quick
drink, or while away
the hours exploring
the extensive drinks
menu (and waiting
for your food!).

Taz-ya's interior is
relatively dark,
with just a few
lights emitting a
faint glow, and
seating is limited
to five small tables
and an eight-person
counter. It isn't
set up for large
groups, but it's a
perfect place to
bring a few close
friends or a date.
On a recent Friday
night visit we were
the only ones there
at 8pm, but it was
packed by 10:30 when
we left.

One of the first
things to strike you
when you enter Taz-
ya is that half the
counter seats face a
wall of shochu and
umeshu bottles.
Although I am a fan
of Japanese liba-
tions, I don't want
them right in my
face while I'm eat-
ing my meal. Howev-
er, once you start
to inspect the awe-
inspiring selection
of twenty umeshu and
100 shochu (all
priced at 500-700
yen), any negative
thoughts about this
wall of liquor will
quickly disappear.
The umeshu list has
a few interesting
items - like a
brandy-based umeshu
from Kagoshima with
an aftertaste like
aged sake - but
shochu seems to be
Taberu's strong
point, and the chefs
are ready to help
with recommenda-
tions.

The food menu is
creative izakaya-
style fare that is
meant for sharing.
On a recent visit we
started with kaki-su
(oysters in a light
vinegar sauce) - the
oysters were fresh-
tasting and perfect-
ly matched with the
grated radish and
chives. Next came
free-range chicken
glazed in a mildly
sweet ginger sauce,
and again it came
with just the right
amount of sauce, not
enough to overwhelm
the flavour of the
chicken. The shrimp
mixed with avocado
and a variety of
spices was much
spicier than antici-
pated, but it kept
up the same high
standard as the
previous dishes.

The next dish was a
bit of surprise -
gobo and renkon
tempura with no
sauce or salt for
dipping, to be eaten
as is - and it was
the high point of
the night! A thin
batter that was only
mildly crusty meant
the flavours of the
gobo and renkon had
to stand on their
own two feet. What-
ever impression you
may have of these
particular vegeta-
bles, they were
fresh, succulent and
extremely tasty when
cooked like this.
Finally, we finished
off with an excel-
lent fried rice with
mixed vegetables and
ham - not too
greasy, and livened
up with some mystery
spices.

Though initially
drawn here by the
extensive drinks
menu, we have never
been disappointed by
any of the food.
Prices are reason-
able, but service
tends to be a bit
slow. Expect to pay
about 3000-4000 yen/
person with a couple
of drinks.

Taberu can be very
hard to find, so
call if you get
lost, or ask them to
fax you a map before
you go.
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Doyamacho 17-5.
[from Hep Navio walk
NE to Shin-midosuji,
turn right and walk
south until just
before you get to
Tsutaya; at the
tobacco and candy
store turn left, and
then turn left again
down a narrow alley;
Taberu is on the
right side.]
 Open 5:30-11:30pm
(LO; to 1am week-
ends). Open every
day.
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