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Ejo #63 – Drunk In….. Tokyo (Bars Tram & Trench)

DRUNK IN….. TOKYO
BAR TRAM & BAR TRENCH

These two incredible bars are run by the Small Axe group, and if you are serious about your cocktails, you will most definitely want to make a stop at either (or both) bars. We, of course, in the name of research, went to both. The focus in both places is on absinthe (and they have an incredible range of the spirit) but the geniuses behind the bar (and they are a true pleasure to watch when concocting their masterpieces) are cocktail experts across the board. Try one of their complex, but balanced, monthly recommendations, like we did. And then try one of their signature absinthe cocktails, like we did. If we had been spending more time in Tokyo I would have tried their entire drink menu. Best thing? They’re within walking distance of each other and serve different drinks.

Bar Tram does double duty during the day as a serious coffee shop. I have never seen drip coffee being made with such intense concentration and focus – one drop at a time. It’s lovely to watch someone so passionate about his art – and then even better to reap the reward by drinking the result. Highly recommended.

Shhhhh!!  The perfect coffee takes crazy concentration.

Shhhhh!! The perfect coffee takes crazy concentration.

Bar Tram - absinthe in the background

Bar Tram – absinthe in the background

David had this beetroot based cocktail in a pewter mug sprinkled with gold leaf stars.  AMAZE!!!!!

David had this beetroot based cocktail in a pewter mug sprinkled with gold leaf stars. AMAZE!!!!!

Mine was one of the most delicious cocktails I've ever had.  But guess what?  I was drunk (in Tokyo) so I can't remember what was in it.  Raspberries and pink peppercorn by the look of it.

Mine was one of the most delicious cocktails I’ve ever had. But guess what? I was drunk (in Tokyo) so I can’t remember what was in it. Raspberries and pink peppercorn by the look of it.

They hand chip the ice with the flick of a knife into an emerald cut shape.  It's all in the details.

They hand chip the ice with the flick of a knife into an emerald cut shape. It’s all in the details.

When we got to Bar Trench they were full so we sat outside in the drizzle.  They brought us out warm towels, took our drink order and served us on a nearby bench.  Hospitality in Japan is second to none.

When we got to Bar Trench they were full so we sat outside in the drizzle. They brought us out warm towels, took our drink order and served us on a nearby bench. Hospitality in Japan is second to none.

BAR TRAM INFO:
1-7-13 Ebisunishi Shibuya Tokyo
(Address in Japanese: 渋谷区恵比寿西1-7-13−2F)
+81 3 5489 5514
Coffee: 1000-1900 (Closed Mondays)
Bar: 1900-0200 (later on weekends)

 
 
BAR TRENCH INFO:
1-5-8 Ebisunishi Shibuya Tokyo
(Address in Japanese: 渋谷区恵比寿西1-5-8)
+81 3 3780 5291
Open 1900-0200 (Closed Sundays)

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Ejo #63 – Drunk In….. Tokyo (Nagi Golden Gai)

DRUNK IN….. TOKYO
NAGI GOLDEN GAI

So, more ramen. But different ramen. The Golden Gai branch of Nagi Ramen is a second-storey, ten-seat restaurant about the size of your bathroom. But before you even get upstairs to eat your amazing ramen you have to wait in line (between 15-45 minutes) in a narrow, dirty alley with all the other people keen to get their taste of the unique broth made with baby sardines and pork bones and cooked for hours and hours and hours (so a 45 minute wait is peanuts in comparison). TOTALLY. WORTH. IT. Luckily for you Nagi Golden Gai is open 24 hours.

All good things take time.

All good things take time.

Right behind David are the stairs.  This place is miniscule - and always full.

Right behind David are the stairs. This place is miniscule – and always full.

Thank you little baby sardines for sacrificing your lives so that we can eat this sensational bowl of ramen.

Thank you little baby sardines for sacrificing your lives so that we can eat this sensational bowl of ramen.

INFO:
1-1-10, Kabukicho,Shinjuku-ku
ラーメン凪 新宿ゴールデン街店
+81 3 3205 1925
Open 24 hours – no reservations

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Ejo #63 – Drunk In….. Tokyo (No Name Teppenyaki)

DRUNK IN….. TOKYO
NO NAME TEPPENYAKI

We literally stumbled upon this place our first night in Tokyo (it was about ten metres from our apartment). It doesn’t have a sign in English so I have no idea what it’s called, but the food and hospitality are so good we ate here four times! It’s a tiny place with four tables and five bar seats. The tables each have their own teppenyaki grill but the magic happens at the bar where you can watch the Chef create his simple but mind-blowingly delicious dishes.

MUST HAVES: The gyoza is amazing – and if you’re adventurous (and it’s winter time) try the shirako.

Look for this sign and enter the side door into my new favourite  restaurant.

Look for this sign and enter the side door into my new favourite restaurant.

Chef making the unconventional gyoza.  I don't even want to tell you how many serves of this we ate.  Divine!

Chef making the unconventional gyoza. I don’t even want to tell you how many serves of this we ate. Divine!

Simply the best gyoza I've ever had.  Cannot wait to go back to Tokyo - this'll be the first thing I eat.

Simply the best gyoza I’ve ever had. Cannot wait to go back to Tokyo – this’ll be the first thing I eat.

Shirako.  Also known as milt.  Also known as sperm-filled male fish genitalia.  Sounds terrible, tastes terrific when flash grilled in butter.  C'mon, be bold!!!

Shirako. Also known as milt. Also known as sperm-filled male fish genitalia. Sounds terrible, tastes terrific when flash grilled in butter. C’mon, be bold!!!

No Name Teppenyaki has plenty of wonderful delicate, balanced and tasty sakes to wash the food down with.

No Name Teppenyaki has plenty of wonderful delicate, balanced and tasty sakes to wash the food down with.

INFO:
1 Chome-22-10 Ebisu, Shibuya-ku
That’s all I know.

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