神楽坂 おいしんぼ (Kagurazaka Oishinbo)

Stumbled on this alley-way gem by reading about it on a really old blog post. The restaurant was nestled among various other restaurants and they all seemed quite refined and away from the hustle and bustle of most of Tokyo’s nightlife.

The menu is entirely in Japanese, and none of the staff spoke a lick of English, so those of you without basic Japanese reading might have to be careful. Luckily for a couple that came in after us, I helped translate and mediate between them and the waiters.

We opted to go with a course meal as I didn’t want to spend so much time reading each and every menu item and also we wanted them to surprise us with what came out as I had very little idea what to expect.

Despite the quickness of the courses – probably partly to do with the fact that we ate them so quick – each dish was like a mini art piece and adventure. The portions looked small but they filled us up pretty quickly and every dish was made to perfection.

We really enjoyed the meal and it was a good splurge for dinner. The ambience was great too as people were close but not squashed together and background chatter was minimal. You’re likely to be seated along the bar so you also get the bonus of watching the chefs cooking up a storm in front of you the whole time.

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