Yokohama Nihon-Odori: Yakiton
Ginbuta (Yokohama Nihon-Odori: Yakiton)
Open 4-11pm (LO) daily.
Sun: Open Sundays

Billed as a "yakiton drinking spot," Ginbuta serves a good variety of grilled pork parts and organ meats on skewers, along with grilled vegetables and spicy organ-meat stews. Service is friendly and the atmosphere is very down-to-earth, with baseball uniforms providing a decorative theme for the spacious dining room and J-Pop playing in the background. There's a standing counter if you want to pop in for a quick snack and drink on the run.

As usual, pork skewers come in your choice of tare, slathered in a sweet but well-balanced sauce, or shio, seasoned with plain salt and accompanied by a spicy miso paste on the side. Some skewer highlights include tontoro (neck and shoulder meat), harami (belly), bacon-wrapped baby tomatoes, and cheese-stuffed green pepper, also wrapped in bacon.

A helpful illustrated menu will identify which parts of the pig you can order, and there's an English-language menu for further assistance. Side dishes are fairly standard izakaya fare like potato salad, kimchi and yaki-onigiri. If you order red wine it comes in a big beer mug with ice cubes. Beer and shochu cocktails are other drink options. Budget around Y2000-2500 for food and drink.

Yokohama Nihon-Odori
Naka-ku, Yokohama, Masagocho 3-31.

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