This local izakaya in Higashi-Nakano is quite probably the only buri (yellowtail) specialist in Tokyo, and it shows – even the sashimi comes in a gazillion different versions depending on the day. Take your pick from thickly sliced cuts from Tottori or thinner but just as juicy bits from Tokushima.
If you're looking for something a little different, have the buri namero, a tartare mixed with miso that packs a flavourful punch, or the buri shabu, a light and delicate yellowtail hotpot, which can be ordered just for one if you don't want to share. Deep-fried options are available too, including a succulent and substantial buri katsu. Other fish are available too, but you'd do well just to stick with the buri and indulge in a full-scale yellowtail education.
Prices are surprisingly reasonable for a seafood haunt: we had a drink plus three or four different dishes (including six pieces of thick sashimi – a bargain at around ¥800), and walked out just over ¥3,000 a person lighter. Note that local doesn't mean it doesn't get busy: the entire place seats about 25 people, and even on a typhoon-spoilt Sunday night, every table was booked out around dinnertime. Reserve ahead, or show up early for the most choice. Note that the menu is in Japanese only (no pictures) and that English is not spoken.
|Venue name:||Wabisutoro Buri Nakano|
1-45-4 Higashi-Nakano, Nakano-ku
|Opening hours:||5pm-1am (last orders 12midnight) / closed Mon|
|Transport:||Higashi-Nakano Station (Sobu, Oedo lines)|