Restaurants, Japanese Kanda
3 out of 5 stars
Kabuki iwashi | Time Out Tokyo

A typical salaryman haunt, this izakaya specialises in iwashi (a Japanese type of sardine), with both their lunch and evening menus being on the fish-heavy side. For lunch, the system is simple but streamlined: choose from the daily options at the counter (note the menu is in Japanese), pay ¥500 and receive a coloured token which lets the staff know what you've ordered. Sit down and voilà, within no time your lunch will have made its way to your table, complete with rice, miso soup, two types of pickles and even some nori or furikake depending on the main dish. 

We had their saba misoni (saba simmered in miso sauce), which was a relatively generous size (two big chunks) for the price and well-seasoned. The miso soup lacked a bit of oomph, but the rest of the meal left little to complain about, besides a distinct lack of décor perhaps. Our visit was on a national holiday, which meant Kabuki was a whole lot quieter than it usually is; expect a queue of salarymen looking for a cheap and filling lunch during peak hours. 


Venue name: Kabuki
Address: 1F, 3-5-5 Uchikanda, Chiyoda-ku

Opening hours: 11am-2pm, 4.30pm-12midnight (last orders 11.30pm) / closed Sun & hols
Transport: Kanda Station (Chuo line); Mitsukoshimae Station (Ginza line); Shin-Nihonbashi Station (Sobu line)
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