Hakko means ‘ferment’ in Japanese, and fermented food and drink is the specialty of this grocery store and café – the cute logo is a creative version of the two kanji symbols for hakko. Opened by fermentation specialist Hiraku Ogura, in the grocery and liquor section of Hakko Department, you’ll find every fermented Japanese product you can think of – and many you didn't even know existed. Of course, you’ll find miso, soy sauce, sake, beer and bonito flakes – but there’s also shio ponzu (savoury citrus sauce), white tamari and kits for DIY home-made rice bran pickles.
The café menu is also all about fermented dishes. The lunch course is vegan, and includes fermented dim sum, miso-aged cheese tasting, rice noodles and a sake-lees-based dessert (¥2,500; reservations are recommended). Dinner is a five-course fermentation extravaganza, featuring a soup made from sake lees, cheese tastings, and a main dish of mixed meat and vegetables with different fermented elements (¥6,000 to ¥13,000, on the drink pairing, reservations essential).