Sake Diary - Gin no Mori: Kichijoji

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Gin no Mori is a sake-focused izakaya offering an impressive selection of bottles from smaller craft breweries around Japan, all quite reasonably priced. Small 90ml glasses are a convenient size if you want to try a few different types of sake over the course of the evening, and these are typically priced at Y400-490, while larger 150ml servings go for Y600-730.

The food menu features sake-friendly snacks like the miso-marinated trio of avocado, mozzarella and fuki no to (a type of mountain vegetable), along with more standard izakaya fare. Our turnip tempura was a highlight of the meal, and the sashimi platter of the day was also quite good. Generally speaking though, the food here plays a supporting role to the sake, which is the star of the show.

Seating is at a spacious front counter or on floor cushions around sunken hori-kotatsu tables. Budget around Y3000-4000 for food and drink in the evening. On weekends they’re open all day from 11:30am, and they serve a weekend lunch menu until 3:30pm. …continue reading