Kanda: Izakaya
Genka (Kanda: Izakaya)
Open 3-10:30pm (LO; Sat 2-10::30, Sun 2-9) daily.
Sun: Open Sundays

The Genka chain of sake-specialty izakayas is known for their policy of selling sake "at cost." Each branch serves several dozen premium sakes at remarkably low prices, starting at just Y280 per serving. The sake comes in cute 100ml mini-bottles that are the perfect size for sharing, and at these prices it's easy to put together your own tasting flights, a convenient way to sample several different types of sake over the course of an evening.

Genka's food menu changes regularly, and although it takes a back seat to the sake, we've found some very good dishes here. The assortment of three different types of miso goes very well with sake, and it pairs nicely with crisp raw cucumbers. Iburi-gakko (smoked pickled daikon) with cream cheese is another classic sake snack. The "sake brewery style" deep-fried chicken is a good choice if you want something substantial, as is the mixed yakitori platter.

Note that there's a cover charge (they call it a "member's fee") of Y500 per person, which easily pays for itself by the time you've ordered just a few servings of sake.

Chiyoda-ku, Uchi-Kanda 2-8-5, Yamaguchi Bldg 1F.
東京都千代田区内神田2-8-5 山口ビル 1F

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Venue listing from Bento.com4 Star Rating: recommended