Casual French cuisine served with premium sake from Akita Prefecture - that's the inspired culinary pairing offered at this stylish late-night sake bar. Besides sake, Akita is also famous for their local Hinai-jidori chickens, and the menu features a good number of chicken dishes (as well as egg-based dishes) showcasing this prized heirloom-breed bird.
Rounding out the sake-friendly menu is a "terroir" section of small dishes like tripe stew and garlicky stewed octopus, root vegetables marinated in wine, stir-fried mountain vegetables and ratatouille. Of course there's an impressive sake list, with extensive menu notes on the breweries that produce them. Expert staff advice is available upon request.
The dining room is sleek and tasteful, equally suitable for dates or for casual get-togethers with friends. Budget around Y4000-5000 for dinner with drinks.
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