A sinful treat01 April, 2013 by Chad
We were introduced to Uoshin courtesy of Yan. The izakaya has a number of outlets around Tokyo. This time we visited their Nogizaka branch, where we enjoyed a range of delicious, yet affordable seafood dishes.
There is a rustic charm to Uoshin’s store at Nogizaka. The building appears to be an old converted shop house, mixing a traditional Japanese kitchen with modern Western furnishings out of functionality. Patrons can sit within the tented shelter downstairs or a makeshift outdoor terrace on the building’s roof if you wish to smoke.
The environment may be a bit intimidating for those new to the izakaya experience, thankfully the staff do keep English menus with pictures on hand for foreign visitors.
Uoshin’s specialty seems to be their seafood and sushi. As mentioned, in keeping the common salaryman in mind, prices are affordable. Due to how much you’re paying, you won’t be getting the very freshest stuff here but is still better than the average, or anything you will find overseas.
The emphasis on value for money is further driven in by the generous servings. Like at most izakaya, the dishes here are meant to be enjoyed in the company of friends. For those with an aversion for raw fish, there are other small bites on the menu. However, when visiting Uoshin, the seafood is where it’s at. We ended up thoroughly satisfied with about all of the dishes ordered, and even had seconds of some.
For those coming mainly for a drink, there are “nomihoudai” all you can drink specials at 500 yen/30 minutes for the house pour and other drinks if you top up slightly more. There are special sets for between 3,500-4,500 yen (SGD$45-$60) which includes some of the izakaya’s trademark dishes, together with a free flow of beer for two hours.
Thought not far from Roppongi, Uoshin is located at a business district in Nogizaka that is rather peaceful by the hours that it operates at. If you’re looking for a great place to chill out in Tokyo that’s away from the usual hustle and bustle, do give Uoshin a try. For more information and a listing of Uoshin’s other outlets, check out Uoshin Web (Japanese only).
6-32 Akasaka Kyuchome
Monday – Saturday: 5 PM – 12 AM
Sundays, Public Holidays: 4 PM – 11 PM
Weekdays: 12 PM – 2 PM (Lunch)
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