Ebisu: Izakaya
Kamachiya (Ebisu: Izakaya)
Open 11:30am-4, 6pm-2am daily.
late: Open late
Sun: Open Sundays

The WID restaurant group (Aburi Fudo, Torimikura) does an excellent job creating small-scale, comfortable izakaya with great food, nice sake lists, and simple but stylish decor. We're glad to say that Kamachiya is no exception. Menus vary from shop to shop, and here the food specialties are charcoal-grilled kushiyaki-style fish and meats, deep-fried and skewered kushiage, and a credible seafood-broth ramen.

During a recent visit some menu highlights were the spicy cucumber and bean-sprout starter, skewers of perfectly grilled pork belly, kushiage-style quail eggs and asparagus, and Okinawan champuru stir-fry, a hefty portion which included big tender chunks of chicken mixed in with the tofu and goya. We received sound advice on sake choices throughout the evening, and were pleasantly surprised by a nicely priced Juyondai that wasn't even on the menu. Budget around Y4000-5000 for dinner and drinks.

Shibuya-ku, Ebisu-Nishi 1-14-9.
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