Game-meat dishes and craft sake from Saga set Lungo apart from the crowd here in the izakaya-packed basement of the Otemachi Park Building. In addition to the usual counter seating, the restaurant provides a large standing area with tables next to the kitchen, a convenient setup if you just want to pop in for a quick drink and a snack.
The meat-focused menu features venison, boar, heirloom-breed chicken from Saga, and veal organ meats as well as Kyushu-grown vegetables. We enjoyed some excellent charcoal-grilled venison, served medium-rare with grilled vegetables and a mild garlic miso. Also noteworthy is the miso-infused mixed-meat hash (venison, boar and pork), served with crunchy bell peppers. More standard izakaya items like grilled vegetables and fried fish are artfully presented and well matched to sake.
The sake list showcases four monthly specials along with several more choices on the regular list. You can also drink beer, wine, shochu and fruit- and vegetable-based "sour" cocktails. Budget around Y3,000 for food and drink (including a Y432 cover charge if you sit at the counter). There's no cover charge in the standing area.
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