Podo: Marunouchi
Podo
03-5218-5551
Marunouchi / Korean
Marunouchi 3-3-1, Shin-Tokyo Bldg. B1F.
Open 11:30am-2, 5-10pm (LO; Sat, Sun-8:30pm) daily.
Sun: Open Sundays

This lively after-work pub is a great place to try makkoli, the very drinkable Korean version of milky-white nigori ("cloudy") sake. Eleven different types are served, in unexpected flavors like pear and grape, okoge (toasted rice) and pumpkin, priced from Y380 for an aluminum cupful. For the more adventurous, the menu also offers pomegranate wine and garlic liqueur plus the usual beer and Korean soju.

Light snacks include seaweed salads and toasted nori sheets and lots of kimchee variations. "Pusan oden" is the Korean version of satsuma-age (fried tofu sheets), grilled on skewers and slathered in a spicy sauce. There's a lot of meat too - several different cuts of yakiniku, expertly grilled over charcoal in the kitchen rather than DIY-style. The casual bar area up front is perfect if you just want to have a quick drink and move on to the next stop.


by Robb Satterwhite