Size isn’t everything. This Kagurazaka oden restaurant may seat just 16 customers (eight at the counter and eight on raised tatami), but its menu is far deeper, including fine quality sashimi and excellent ajitsumire fish balls made with sashimi-grade aji (jack mackerel), ginger and spring onions. Of course, the oden is the star, including large chunks of stewed buri (yellowtail), fat hamaguri clams and soft-boiled eggs that are done to perfection. The oden moriawase (oden assortment) is a dependable choice for first-timers, but connoisseurs will prefer to make their own selections to avoid missing out on any favourite items. Just remember: when the weather turns chilly, you’ll need to make reservations – or you’ll be left out in the cold.
3-6 Kagurazaka, Shinjuku-ku
|Opening hours:||Mon-Fri 6pm-11.30pm; Sat 6pm-11pm / closed Sun|
|Transport:||Iidabashi Station (Chuo-Sobu, Oedo, Yurakucho, Tozai, Namboku lines)|
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Went to Esaki Oden based on Michelin and Time Out review. Manager/chef would not Give me a reservation for 2 and let me know that there was no English menu and that no one could speak English. I was willing to get by on our very limited Japanese (and help with Google). But the manager wanted no part of us. Not the usual response in Tokyo. Very disappointing.