There’s nothing fancy about Uoshin Nogizaka and that’s what we love about this seafood izakaya. The two-floor space has a down-to-earth street food vibe: you sit on beer crates and dine at tables upcycled from wooden boxes, and the atmosphere is always fun and lively. The best part is, despite its location at the fringe of upscale neighbourhood Roppongi, the prices are kept very reasonable.
Regulars swear by its sashimi and the house speciality nokkezushi, which is kappamaki (cucumber sushi roll) buried under a generous mound of chopped tuna, salmon roe, sea urchin and crab meat – in other words, the premium stuff. The cabbage salad is commendable too as this humble dish is elevated with a sprinkle of crispy fried potato flakes. For grilled fish, we suggest you ditch the menu and just pick what’s fresh from the seafood display on the ground floor. An English menu is available and some staff speak English as well.