While the original branch of this Akita-only sake bar specializes in yakitori, this late-night Ebisu venture offers casual French cuisine to go with your drinks. Since they are from Akita, they still focus quite a bit on chicken-based dishes, showcasing top-quality heirloom-breed Hinai-jidori chickens (and eggs) from small farms in that prefecture.
In addition to chicken and omelettes, the menu offers a "terroir" section of sake-friendly 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 selection of sake, with fairly extensive menu notes on the breweries that produce them and expert staff advice 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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