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Suginotama/
Shin-Osaka: Kushiage
¥06-6309-5129
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Suginotama is a
serious sake bar
with an impressive
selection of
limited-edition
seasonal bottles,
produced by craft
breweries around the
country. The sake is
served in smaller,
90ml tasting-size
glasses so you can
try a few different
types at one sit-
ting. There's also a
decent food menu,
featuring delicate
deep-fried kushiage
skewers (referred to
here as "kushi-tem-
pura").

The drinks list
includes nine recom-
mended sake of the
day, plus seventeen
local sakes from the
Kansai region, most
of them priced in
the Y400-500 range
for a 90ml glass.
There is also a page
of warm-sake recom-
mendations, plus two
different four-part
tasting flights
(Y980 and Y1280).
The tasting flights
seem to be popular
options, and the
regular sake list
changes frequently
as bottles are fin-
ished and new ones
are opened. In fact
we received a newly
printed sake list
midway through of
our meal.

The kushiage items
on the menu are
skillfully prepared,
with fresh, flavor-
ful seafood and
vegetables wrapped
in a crunchy deep-
fried coating that
stands up to its
dipping sauce. Sea-
food and meat skew-
ers (prawn, anago
eel, salmon, pork)
are priced at Y180,
while most vegeta-
bles (eggplant,
lotus root, various
mushrooms) are Y120
per skewer. The menu
also includes
grilled meats, raw
fish and other typi-
cal izakaya fare.

The charcoal-grilled
chicken is also
quite good, served
with a hefty helping
of yuzu kosho. Other
crowd pleasers in-
clude stewed yellow-
tail and daikon, and
charcoal-grilled
duck with leeks.
Several teishoku
options (main dish
plus rice and soup)
are available if you
want a more filling
meal. Budget around
Y2000-3500 for a
dinner-sized amount
of food and drink in
the evening.

The compact dining
room has a very
lively atmosphere at
night. Service is
friendly and effi-
cient - even our
grilled and fried
items arrived very
quickly despite the
fact that the place
was quite full - and
this seems to be one
side benefit of
being in a busy
transportation hub.
There's no English
menu, but there's a
picture menu, and
the tasting flights
make sake ordering
easier.

The bar is located
in the Arde restau-
rant complex at-
tached to Shin-Osaka
station, an excel-
lent spot for a
drink and snack
before catching the
Shinkansen. It's
easy to spot thanks
to the big glass
refrigerators fill-
led with sake bot-
tles that face the
passageway; there's
also a sugidama
(cedar ball) indi-
cating that this is
a place devoted to
good sake.
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Osaka-shi
Yodogawa-ku, Nishi-
Nakajima 5-16-1,
Arde Shin-Osaka
(2F).  Open 11am-
4, 5-10pm (LO)
daily.
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