居酒屋 High Spirits

Recommended by a friend, I visited this izakaya for the first time while accompanying a group of friends who went to climb Mt Fuji the next day. The shop itself was quite small, as you can see from the picture above that was the entirety of the restaurant, with another 2 tables placed outside. In true izakaya-feel though, the two chefs were very friendly and loud as they chatted and joked with all the guests; many of which were tourists, surprisingly.

We ordered a ton of different dishes but here are some of the more photogenic ones. Top left, the first dish to arrive, was a mayo-egg salad with sardines(?) sat in lemon juice. It was honestly sooo delicious we wanted to get another plate!

Top right was their “fried tofu steak” which is basically stuffed tofu with spring onions on top. Unlike what most would expect, the tofu was lightly fried enough that there was still a ‘crunch’ to it. Reminds me a lot of a malaysian snack that’s similar but with beansprouts inside… the name escapes me.

 

Of course, any good izakaya means getting some sashimi. Their sashimi platter is a random selection, however I’m not sure if it’s a fixed selection or changes from time to time. The slices were generously thick and sooo filling.

Our last dish was a fatty salmon belly that we just had to get and boy was it fatty! The ‘meat’ was like placing a slice of warm tofu on your tongue with how silky and soft it was, let alone how the fat instantly melted in your mouth like butter! It was so fatty that even between the four of us we barely managed to finish everything!

High Spirits provides a handy English menu for those who can’t read Japanese, but beware that not all their items are on that menu. Don’t be afraid to strike up a conversation with the chefs and ask for their recommendations too!

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