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Aka Oni, Tokyo

Next up on my “must visit” list of Tokyo restaurants…

…my favorite izakaya, AKA ONI!

Be warned, Aka Oni, or “Red Demon” in Japanese, is technically an izakaya, but do not expect what you find at any other izakaya. There’s no beer or shochu or wine. The only thing you drink at Aka Oni is sake. Over 100 varieties of it!

At Aka Oni, it is sake first, food later. Their whole menu is created around the sakes they have in stock. The bites here are all meant to pair perfectly with what’s in yoru glass at the moment. To that extent, you will not find karaage or yakitori or several other popular dishes so common at other izakaya.

My recommendation here is that you go and you listen. Listen to what sakes the master recommends and order what foods he says will pair with them. Usually it’s about two dishes for each glass of sake you order.

Oh, and did I mention that this place is so reknowed that many of Japan’s top sake brewers create blends you can ONLY drink here? No one is more serious about their sake!

So here’s a look at my last visit.

Aka Oni is down a small alley in Sangenjaya, so look up for this sign…

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Then halfway down that alley on the right, look for these eyes…

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It’s a small but comfortable establishment…

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Edamame tofu and braised pumpkin as your “amuse bouche”…

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I highly recommend you start with their Jyuyondai Daiginjyo Aka Oni PB, or Private Blend, made just for them…

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More info for those who read Japanese…

We left our food choices for the evening in the master’s capable hands, so with his PB he brought us out a fresh sashimi platter to start…

Along with an incredible corn tempura…

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Next we were told to try the Kameizumi, or “Turtle Spring” sake…

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Paired with madai sashimi…

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And a simple umbeoshi and wasabi mixture…

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Then we switched to Super Kudoki Jyozu…

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With which the master served us dried squid with mayo…

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And a simple whole grilled fish…

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I was encouraged to suck the bone dry…

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Kozaemon sake was encouraged next…

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With a kamoboko fish cake the likes of which I had never had before..

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And eggplant with miso, a variation of “dengaku” style…

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Last up, a special Aka Oni Kameizumi blend to close out the night..

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With what was possibly my favorite bite of the night, whole fresh myoga with a dollop of white miso…

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The man himself…

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And looking at my face, I think the bar’s name, “red demon”, aptly describes the way the customers look when they leave the joint…

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AKA ONI

2-15-3 Sangenjaya

Setagaya-ku, Tokyo

+81-3-3410-9918

Filed under Tokyo sake izakaya bar

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    I WANT TO GO TO THERE. no seriously, i want to go there and drink everything and eat everything…especially the pumpkin...
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    Goddamnit. Now I need to go back to Tokyo.
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    Corn tempura! I want to make that!
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  12. comicblah said: The sashimi platter looks amazing! And corn tempura! Exclamation marks all around!!!