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Uoshins @ Shibuya Tokyo

Uoshins is a chain of izakaya in Tokyo that is apparently quite popular. The Shibuya location is just a little off the main junction and on a smaller side street.  It is a small place, seating about 12-14 at the counters and another 16-20 at the tables. Even on a workday, the restaurant was fully packed. I had the hotel make a reservation for me on the same day and was given a 8pm slot.

We were greeted with huge heavy rain that evening but that didn't seem to have deterred any of the hungry diners as we entered into a full bustling izakaya.  

The regular menu is on the table but it's very limited because most of their dishes are seasonal and handwritten on a separate sheet of paper.   I could not understand all the menu items so after deciding that I wanted the sashimi platter and a grilled fish (I asked for saba because the Man would not eat bony fishes i.e. sanma), I had to ask the server for some other recommendations. To the best of his English speaking abilities, he recommended the pacific saury (sanma) nimono dish and the grilled salmon salad as I wanted some greens. 

The food was just average to be honest, nothing special. But the prices are fair and slightly cheaper than if we were to be in SGP having the same meal.  I enjoyed the sanma nimono dish thoroughly because (i) there was more than just sanma, there was shirako!  (2) the taste was good because all the various ingredients were first tempura'd and then soaked in the tempura sauce; (3) the dish was topped with my favorite tororo (grated Japanese yam).  

They also have a big selection of alcohol which is a shame since both of us don't really drink.


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