Yonpachi Gyojo
Tameike: Izakaya
Yonpachi Gyojo (Tameike: Izakaya)
Yonpachi Gyojo
Open 11:30am-1:30, 5-10pm (LO). Closed weekends.

This bustling basement izakaya offers good seafood and a decent selection of sake and shochu at very reasonable prices. The fish and seafood come straight from fishing ports all over Japan, and the walls and menus are decorated with portraits of fishermen back on the docks with their day's catch.

The menu is mostly standard izakaya fare - sashimi and tempura and grilled shellfish - simply prepared to highlight the freshness of the ingredients. The English-language menu includes a fairly extensive sake section with detailed descriptions of the sake on offer, along with a flavor-profile chart. (One sake was described as being a favorite of heavy-drinking fishermen!)

The atmosphere is very lively, with a mostly after-work crowd from this office-building neighborhood. With more than 170 seats, this is a good venue for parties, but in spite of the large capacity it does tend to fill up during peak times, so reservations aren't a bad idea. Budget around Y2500-3500 in the evening for ample food and drink, while lunches start at Y890.

Chiyoda-ku, Nagatacho 2-11-1, Sanno Park Tower B1F.
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