Asagaya: Kushiage
Ebesu (Asagaya: Kushiage)
Open 4-11:30pm (LO) daily.
Sun: Open Sundays

Located along a bustling shopping arcade near Minami-Asagaya station, this charming local izakaya has a real neighborhood feel to it, with patrons of all ages. The specialty of the house is kushiage - deep-fried skewers of meats, seafood and fresh vegetables - along with well-prepared izakaya standards like motsu nikomi (organ-meat stew) and teppan-grilled pork.

If you enjoy good sake be sure to look for the separate sake menu - they offer a handful of serviceable craft sakes from a rotating list. They also make a couple of original drinks concoctions - a homemade ginger beer and a rum-based umeshu.

The food menu also features daily and seasonal specials, which can be found on the hand-written strips hanging from the walls. The interior is quite utilitarian, although there's some pleasant outdoor seating facing the shopping street for when the weather permits. Budget around Y2000-3000 for food and drink at dinnertime.

Suginami-ku, Asagaya-Minami 1-12-5.

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