Friday, March 23, 2018

Great Place to Get Drinks and Enjoy Shibuya's Nightlife 🍺 Enjoy Japan's Izakaya Culture at an Affordable Izakaya in Shibuya Tokyo 🍶 YONESUKE (米助)

Enjoy Japan's Izakaya Culture 
at an Affordable Izakaya in Shibuya Tokyo 
 YONESUKE (米助)  

Izakayas in SHIBUYA
居酒屋 (Izakaya)
The Japanese izakaya (居酒屋), 
a place where you can enjoy a few drinks with delicious meals
is a famous Japanese food culture experience 

that is a must if you come to Japan.

JAPANKURU recently went to Yonesuke,
a Japanese izakaya in Shibuya that has a nice and comfortable vibe.
However, before we get into that,
let's go over the Japanese izakaya culture and history a bit!

First things first,
what exactly is an izakaya though??
Izakayas are Japanese restaurants and bars that are
basically like a tavern or pub. 
The history of Japanese izakayas goes back to the Edo era (1603~1868).It's said that when people would go to sake stores and buy their liquor,
they would stand and drink it right there rather than taking it somewhere.

From there the sake stores started also selling snacks to go with the sake,
gradually adding stools, eventually turning it into a Japanese pub!

Otoshi (お通し), A Japanese Custom
Otoshi (お通し) is a dish brought out at the beginning of the meal,
think of it as a table charge. 
It can be anywhere between 500 to 700 yen (roughly between $4~7).
Each otoshi is different depending on the izakaya,

but it's normally just small portioned starters. 
Almost every izakaya charges for otoshi and brings them out automatically.
Even if you tell them you don't need it.
Asking for an exchange in for something else (rather than pickled Japanese radish, potato salad or something) isn't possible either.

Something to keep in mind is 
most izakayas don't tell you they have a table charge
At the izakaya we're going to introduce here in a bit Yonesuke,
rather than sneaking it up on you until you notice it on the receipt,

they let you know before you order plus other common "izakaya rules".

Some other rules to know:
· Store your shoes in lockers
· Limited to 2 hours per table
· All prices are exclusive of tax
· 5% additional taxes after 10pm
(⇧ all are also SUPER common among Japanese izakayas!)

"I'll start with beer" Izakaya Drinking Culture
Japan's draft beer - "nama biiru" (生ビール)
Something about beer represents relaxation 
but at the same time a party starter.
Thus odds are you will notice Japanese people starting off 
with a round of draft beer.
From there they usually move on to the harder stuff.
If in a group,
from the moment it's time to order drinks,

there is even one person in that will ask "who is getting beer?"
(nama biiru nomu hito?;生ビール飲む人?)

and everyone will raise their hands 
and that person counts how many beers to order.

In true Japanese drinking custom,
you can't even take a sip before everyone has their drink
and you scream cheers while clanking glasses.

Something fun to do is watch Japanese men take their first drink of beer.
It's just like in Japanese movies or anime where they exhale
so much it was as if they were drowning in the beer.

Drinking in Shibuya

Yonesuke (米助) is located in the heart of Shibuya, Center-gai (センター街). 
After crossing the famous main intersection of Shibuya,
just continue straight!
You can't miss it because it really is just a few minutes after going through the "entrance" of center-gai.
Yonesuke is on your right-hand side (to the right of the Yahoo store).

Ideally located, it is also a restaurant that relies on several other strengths:
· Customer welcome, especially foreign
· Fresh products (yakitori, nabe, etc.)
· A warm atmosphere

Although Yonesuke offers relatively simple food,
the preparation is always amazing. 
We had the chance this time to visit the kitchen 
while the food was being prepared and it was so fun to watch!

The kitchens were at first in excellent condition and all products carefully prepared:
· Cutting meat with traditional Tsubaya knives
· Impeccable cooking

We did not know that 'Yakitori' (焼き鳥), chicken skewers, were quite an art. Prepared here with charcoal meat will not miss this essential flavored supplement! 
Everything is prepared by hand, right in front of you if you decide to settle on the first floor!

Different Seating Areas
You have the choice between different spaces to enjoy your evening. You will usually be given a place but you can choose it when the restaurant is not too crowded.

Counter for Couples
Perfect if you want to spend the evening with your companion/companion. In addition, you can enjoy the atmosphere of the kitchen and see in advance the dishes you will enjoy.

Private Areas for Groups
Need a larger space for your parties with friends? Here are the private spaces! It exists on the main floor but also in the basement.

Services for Foreigners
The restaurant welcomes you with a smile and especially a menu in English. Although the staff does not speak perfect English, they will guide you through the different stages of your evening. The menu and instructions in English are a big plus compared to other restaurants.

Japan is still late when it comes to adapting to an international clientele but the pressure of the Olympic Games is felt, restaurants, hotels and other services are gradually adapting.

Our Recommendations

Meat Volcano Hot Pot
The Niku Kawan Nabe (肉火山鍋), in other words, the fire pot 'volcano' meat is the specialty of the house. Widely supplied with vegetables, this volcano of meat will not fail to make an impression once on the table. It is known for its concentration in collagen, good for the skin.

Servers will prepare it before your eyes so be ready for an eruption of flavors. Are not you eager to discover what's inside?

💴Meat Volcano Hot Pot: 1500 yen +TAX

Collagen Chiritori Hot Pot

original sauce - sweet and savory sauce 
or new sauce - salt and garlic sauce
Can choose from pork (ribs and loin) or chicken (thigh and chest)

Once you finish a hot pot in Japan it's common to add carbs!
You can choose between:
udon, ramen, and ojiya (rice gruel) 
*Each for an added 380 yen

💴Collagen Chiritori Hot Pot: 1300 yen +TAX (per person)

Yakitori (焼き鳥)

An Assortment of Chicken Skewers 

It wouldn't be a Japanese izakaya without some yakitori (焼き鳥)!

The Assortments are rather a classic in the restaurants of Yakitori. 
This will allow you to taste the different meats and discover new flavors. 
You can choose between three different assortments.

💴Mixed Yakitori:
5 skewers → 850 yen +TAX
8 skewers → 1350 yen +TAX
10 skewers → 1650 yen +TAX

**You can't choose the type of meat 

Other Popular Single Set
Left to right, top to bottom: Chicken thigh with scallions, tsukune, liver, pork belly

💴Chicken thigh with scallions: 180
(special chicken is also available for 290)

Tsukune: 290
Liver: 180 yen
Pork belly: 480 yen

*all prices are +TAX

In addition to nabe (hot pot) and yakitori, 
there was also a special menu.
If you've never had Japanese tonkatsu (pork cutlet) or gyuukatsu (beef cutlet),
you're missing out! 

L: Beef cutlet (牛カツ;gyuukatsu) R: Steak (赤身ステーキ)  (right)
The beef cutlet comes with a series of 3 things to eat it with
(2 different sauces + a powdered salt)
and a side of raw cabbage♡ 
Other yummy beefy food includes a lean red stead.

💴Beef cutlet (gyuukatsu): 1280 yen +TAX
Steak: 1280 yen +TAX


Beer, of course, is a given,
but they also have a nice wide variety of 
Japanese whiskey, sake, shochu, plum liquor, and even wine🍷
Something really nice about this restaurant
is that if you ask they'll recommend some great drink and food pairings.

💴Draft beer: 590 yen +TAX


Gotta Love Nightlife in Shibuya

🍻Yonesuke Shibuya Branch (米助 渋谷店)
🏢 B1~B2  25-6 Udagawacho, Shibuya, Tokyo
(東京都渋谷区宇田川町25-6 B1~B2)
🚃JR Shibuya Station Hachiko Exit - about 3min walk
Tokyo Metro Hanzomon Line Shibuya Station (same exit) - 3min walk
⏰Business Hours:
Mon~Thurs: 5pm - midnight (L.O. 11pm)
Fri & Sat: 5pm - 5am (next day) (L.O. 4am) 
Sun & National holidays: 4pm - midnight 
(L.O. 11pm) 
☎ 050-3463-3385

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