Sake Diary – Yuuya Urayoko: Yokohama Sta.

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Offering a wide selection of seafood fresh from the fish market every morning, this stylish little izakaya serves sashimi, tempura, grilled seafood, and quite a bit of craft sake. A few dozen types of sashimi are on the menu any given day, including several different cuts of tuna, one of the specialties here.

If you’re used to ordering the sashimi moriawase when you go to an izakaya, most of the items here are available in half-size portions and the daily recommendations are clearly highlighted, so it’s easy to assemble your own platter.

The tempura menu is just as diverse as the sashimi selection, featuring a good roster of seasonal vegetables as well as plump prawns and other shellfish. The tempura is well prepared, with a light, fresh-tasting coating that’s practically greaseless. Balancing out the menu is a good range of izakaya-style non-seafood side dishes – fresh cucumbers with either ume paste or miso, grilled chicken wings, grilled pork, french fries, garlic rice and yaki-onigiri.

More than thirty types of sake are featured on the monthly specials list, mostly priced at Y600 for a 100ml serving, and the staff are happy to give advice. Service is friendly and competent, and the atmosphere is relaxed, with a soothing jazz soundtrack in the background.

Yuuya is located in the quieter section of the yokocho drinking alleyway on the ground floor of the Aso Building, and there’s some seating in front of the restaurant if you want to watch the passersby passing by. Budget around Y3,500 for food and drink at dinnertime, or Y800-1,050 for most donburi and teishoku lunches. …continue reading