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Robata meets sake has never looked – nor tasted – better. This robatayaki (slow-grilling) specialist, tucked away inside an unassuming building in Nishi-Shinjuku, manages to make you feel like you've entered a cave or a dimly lit hunter's hut, with bounty to match. It's also a great place to sample a diverse lineup of warm sake to go with your grilled nibbles.
Try to nab a counter seat, from where you’ll see the grill – and the sake-loving manager – in action. The nihonshu is heated, served in traditional aluminium pitchers, and handed to you on a massive paddle. Ask for recommendations for both food and booze, but whatever you do, make sure to have the marutama, a textbook example of a perfect whole roasted sweet onion. Prices may seem a bit steep at first, but portions are rather substantial; take a friend or come with a group so you can share and enjoy the full Kanagari experience.
Shin YS Bldg 3F, 7-16-12 Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku
|Transport:||Shinjuku Station; Nishi-Shinjuku Station (Marunouchi line); Shinjuku-Nishiguchi Station (Oedo line); Seibu-Shinjuku Station (Seibu Shinjuku line)|
|Opening hours:||Mon-Fri 5pm-12midnight, Sat, Sun & hols 4pm-12midnight (last orders for food 11pm, drinks 11.30pm)|