Hitsujiya
Yotsuya 3-chome: Middle Eastern
Hitsujiya (Yotsuya 3-chome: Middle Eastern)
Hitsujiya
Open 11:30am-2, 6:30-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Sun: Open Sundays

Lamb kebabs and incredibly cheap wines from around the world are the attractions at this casual Yotsuya dining spot. Wines start at under Y1000 per bottle, thanks to their policy of marking up wines by only Y100 over retail prices. If you're feeling adventurous, many of the choices represent lesser-known wine-producing countries like Uruguay, Moldova, Azerbaijan and Croatia.

We found a South African cabernet that we didn't mind sticking with, but it's easy to explore the rest of the list since all wines are available by the glass or half-bottle, and there's also a six-wine tasting set priced at Y1050. Imported beers follow the same policy of Y100 markup over retail, so you can find brews like Stone IPA and Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout for around Y650 a bottle.

Highlights of the food menu include various shish kebabs (the Peruvian ones are surprisingly spicy), and a pleasantly garlicky sauteed spinach. The menu also offers many other lamb dishes from Asia and Europe, and a page of Cajun dishes, although we found these to be more hit-or-miss.

As far as atmosphere goes, we were treated to a rather loud Queen concert video as background entertainment during two separate visits. Budget around Y3000-4000 for dinner with drinks, or perhaps less if you stick to the Y1000 per bottle wines.

Yotsuya 3-chome
Shinjuku-ku, Yotsuya 3-13-24, Mizuki Bldg 2F.
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