Cheap lunch spot by day, rowdy craft beer bar by night: this standing-only pub on a narrow alleyway chock full of restaurants has quite some things going for it – and with three sister restaurants or bars, it seems the customers agree. This particular outpost does good business serving changing ¥500 lunches to hungry salarymen and -women, who come in for a quick bite or grab one of the four options on the go.
Order at the table next to the door, go to the counter to pour yourself a complimentary miso soup and some water, and wait for your number to be called and pick up your order from the kitchen. The menu is quite varied: when we visited, there was a Japanese-style curry and a pork-topped donburi on offer, while the tuna and avocado bowl had already sold out for the day. Go around or before noon for the most choice, but you're unlikely to regret what you order anyways. Their sister shops in Kayabacho and Kyobashi have a similar vibe and more choice for lunch, but can get very busy during peak food times; this Yaesu outpost definitely feels the most spacious.
In the evenings, prices return to perhaps a more normal level for the area, but it's still a good place to pop by for a drink or two – if you don't mind having to stand among a bunch of salarymen.
Yaesu Isaka Bldg 1F, 1-5-10 Yaesu, Chuo-ku
|Opening hours:||11.30am-2pm, 5pm-11.30pm / closed Sat, Sun & hols|
|Transport:||Tokyo Station, Yaesu exit; Nihonbashi Station (Ginza, Tozai lines), exit B3|