Part sake bar, part izakaya, this restaurant specializes in down-to-earth Japanese homestyle cooking. The house's delicious tofu is made fresh daily. Of course, the grilled food here is wonderful as well. Don't miss the grilled eel with rice. The beer-marinated fried chicken with vinegar sauce is addictive, as are the gingko nuts. Though not its main focus, the restaurant's sushi and sashimi are just as good as the hot dishes. Definitely spring for the small pots of sake, served hot or cold—there are more than 30 kinds to choose from. The bar's beautifully renovated space is large and airy, with clever touches like sake bottles for lighting. The vibe is every bit as chilled-out as the design would suggest.
8A Tuanjiehu Beisitiao
Our Rating Neighborhood Chaoyang Park Hours Daily 6pm–midnight Transportation Metro: Tuanjiehu Phone 010/6436 1608 Prices Meal for two, 200RMB–300RMB Cuisine Type Japanese Web site Sake Manzo
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