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Friday, December 6, 2019

EKODA: Drum Can (Barrel) Tachinomi (Standing Bar)... full of friendly regulars! (Canon G7X)

There are so many izakaya's in Tokyo but there are few pubs where you can enter alone and chat with fellow drinkers... but I finally found a spot near my home!  DrumCan Izakaya.

Ordered a bottle beer and this huge Heartland Beer arrived! Looked like a wine bottle and only 500 yen!

I noticed everyone was paying with these pre-paid tickets in 50 yen denominations.  I must have been the only newbie this night.  For 10,000 yen you can get 12,500 in tickets! 

Friendly folks standing next to me.  The guy in the red shirt is the owner.

This guy had a rare Timbuk2 Scumbag by BEAMS.  

Asked the chef for the most popular dishes and out came the Oden.

And a cutlet!  Perfect beer food.

If in Ekoda and you wanna chat up some super friendly regulars then gotta go! Oh shop uses the term barrel because there are a few outside to drink on.

Restaurant: Drum Can Standing Bar
Address J: 東京都練馬区栄町31-6 ベルウッドビル 103
Address E: Tokyo, Nerima-ku, Sakaecho 31-6

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Monday, December 2, 2019

OKINAWA YAESE: Yae Izakaya... lots of friendly home cooked items and Horse Meat! (Sony RX100)

Okinawans have something called Muai where friends or colleagues gather monthly to have dinner and pay a fee to one member in the group.  Every month a different person gets this money... for this group it was 3,000 yen per person.

Lots Awamori Sake bottles.

All colleagues here... I was in town and invited as a guest.

200 yen Orion Draft Beer Happy Hour til 8pm!

Never a fan of cold pigs feet but when stewed its sooo tender.

The friendly chef.

Had to pass on the horse sashimi... 

If in Yaese this is definitely a spot to visit!  We had a cozy private table in the back.

Restaurant: Yae Izakaya
Address J: 沖縄県島尻郡八重瀬町字東風平1151-7
Address E:  Okinawa, Shimajiri District, Yaese, Kochinda 1151-7

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AZABU JUBAN: Kikuya Tempura standing bar with English menu's! (SONY RX100)

If you enjoy tempura then Kikuya Tempura is a great place to start the evening... super friendly chef and the Filipino waiter spoke English! But 3 years to the day they are still in business!

English Menu

Menu suggested to start with Negitoro... sure!

If you spot Red Star Sapporo its a must.

Squid and Asparagus.

Himalayan salt.

Seasoned tempura rolls.

View of the kitchen!  The poor female tempura chef has so many burns on her arms... I guess the hot oil splatters sometimes. 

Daikon radish and avocado.

Overall its a great place to spend an hour and enjoy the many Tempura choices. 

Beautiful Mclaren 720s (?) spotting nearby... 

Restaurant: Kikuya Tempura Izakaya
Address J: 東京都港区麻布十番1-5-20
Address E: Tokyo, Minato-ku, Azabu Juban 1-5-20

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