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Tuesday, May 17, 2022

EKODA: Harubaru Izakaya... newly opened! Great food, atmosphere and friendly bilingual waitress. (Sony RX100M2)

I have an almost nightly routine of walking 10 kilometers and I often pass thru Ekoda... this night I noticed a brand new cozy Izakaya.  Located right next to COBRA Bar.

SOOO Unusual to find Okinawan Awamori IMUGE... this shochu was a long lost recipe that was recreated a few years ago.  A favorite among Okinawan nobility. 

There was no English menu but the young waitress was fluent in English and super friendly.

Sapporo Red Star beer... my fav. 

Cozy counter seating.  I sat right in front of the yakitori grill... view of the chef at work. 

Automatic otoshi was chestnuts.  Haven`t had this in years.

One of the recommended items. Sushi platter with ika (squid) and some kind of fish. 

Little guitar used as a chopstick place holder. 

Of course when Tsukune! Its like a minced chicken on a stick. 

Another recommendation was the menchi katsu.  Very crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside. 

Great American BGM playing

Do see those Green Sake Bottles used as lamps along the counter?

The guy sitting next to me offered me a cup of sake.  Thanks!

Orders taken on an iPhone. Overall this place was just so cozy... a very easy spot to dine alone at the counter and all the food was good.  I asked the chef if this was a Yakitori spot and he said its more of an Izakaya.  Anyways if in the area definitely goooo.

Restaurant: Harubaru Izakaya
Restaurant J: はぎばる
Address J: 東京都練馬区栄町40-12
Address E:  Tokyo, Nerima-ku, Sakaecho 40-12
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Sunday, May 15, 2022

OSAKA JUSO: Standing Bar Hachi Hachi. Regulars are just too friendly in Osaka. (Sony RX100M2)

If you are in Osaka you must visit Juso Station... there is a huuuuge shopping arcade and so many little restaurants around the station.  Around 9pm I wandered into 88.

Craft beers

Lots of cheap eats. 

A few minutes after I ordered a beer a regular started to chat me up.  He was about to leave but because I was there he ordered another drink... what a nice dude. 

Then more regulars started coming in... 

By the end of the evening the one guy I met in the white introduced me to everyone... Osaka is the friendliest town.. This doesn't happen in Tokyo.

Lots of great Jpop on the BGM

Back in Tokyo but already miss Osaka.  Almost feels like being back at a pub in the US... you can just chat up anyone and make friends.  Plus most people who are born and raised in Osaka tend to stay there.  Wanna move!

Restaurant: Tachinomi Hachi Hachi
Restaurant JP: 立呑処ハチハチ
Address J: 大阪府大阪市淀川区十三東3-28-3
Address E: 3 Chome-28-3 Jusohigashi, Yodogawa Ward, Osaka, 532-0023
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