Anpuku
Toranomon: Udon
Anpuku (Toranomon: Udon)
Anpuku
Open 11am-2:30, 5-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Sun: Open Sundays
no smoking: No smoking

Novel, fusion-style udon is the specialty here, but what first attracted our attention was the inviting little sake bar standing at the front of the shop. A couple dozen well-chosen craft sakes from around the country are served in taster-size 60ml or full 120ml portions, in your choice of standard sake cups or proper wine glasses (we recommend the latter).

The udon menu features intriguing choices such as udon carbonara and beef-tendon curry udon, with most dishes in the Y1000-1200 range. We enjoyed a very refined, Chinese-inspired tantanmen udon with a satisfyingly spicy sesame sauce, and a compelling Italian-style four-cheese udon that had us scooping up the very last of the sauce from our bowl.

A serving of udon here is filling enough to make a complete meal, but if you're in the mood for starters (or noodle alternatives), you'll find a good selection of charcoal-grilled meats, fish and vegetables that should go nicely with your sake. There are also original dishes like "caprese tempura" - mozzarella, cherry tomatoes and basil, tempura-fried with a light, delicate coating. Budget around Y1500-3000 at dinnertime.

Toranomon
Minato-ku, Toranomon 1-26, Toranomon Hills 4F.
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