Located in a relatively respectable corner of Roppongi, Shirube offers a decent sake list and reliable izakaya-style fare at reasonable prices in this often expensive area. The dining area is quite large, with private rooms suitable for parties and a spacious counter that's comfortable for lone diners.
Shirube's famous seared mackerel is one of the big draws here - it's not just tasty but also entertaining, as it's prepared right at your table by a blowtorch-wielding waiter. Another highlight is the bagna cauda - a colorful mix of fresh and beautiful vegetables served with a satisfyingly pungent anchovy- and garlic-heavy dipping sauce. Other specialties of the house include amiyaki-grilled meat and fish, and Tokyo-style oden in a dark broth.
Service is friendly and competent, and the atmosphere gets livelier as the evening progresses. Dinner with drinks averages around Y3500.
This book will introduce you to more than twenty of Japan's favorite specialty foods that are less well known abroad, along with a guide to the best places in Tokyo to try them and expert tips on what to order. From Bento.com.