Tokyo Wanderings – Tender Bar and Late Night Yakitori at Tatsuya

We headed back to Ebisu after a Friday night in Ginza at the Tender (Hard Shake Cocktail!) Bar, run by some fancy old guy in a white tuxedo, but also the same fancy old guy, named Kazuo Uyeda, who created the now-widely-used figure-8 shake for mixing cocktails.

Stepping into Tender Bar is a strange experience to behold, as you enter a creepily carpeted fifth-floor lobby of a narrow commercial building.  Stepping into the bar is like taking a step back in time, to an age of, well, white-tuxedo’d guys and dark wood paneling and heavy carpeting.  But, as routinely surprising as many things Japanese have been, you are slowly plied with tremendous professionalism, attentive service, and delicious alcohol.

So, if you do go, and you should, try the apple-y Miracle.

IMG_0675Once in Ebisu, we stopped to wind down the night at Tatsuya, a lively yakitori-ya where an eclectic gang of neighborhood couples and night-owls, salarymen and party-goers alike.

IMG_0681 IMG_0682Although, by winding down, Lucas apparently meant ordering a Lemon Sour.  In order to continue, I required food.  So we raided the menu of skewers: shishito peppers, gingko beans, cartilage, chicken breast with a teriyaki-like sauce, chicken liver with salt (amazing), and pork belly.

DSC_0135 DSC_0124 DSC_0125 DSC_0128 DSC_0132 DSC_0136Our neighbor at the grill-side bar even took a break in his eating to nap for about fifteen minutes.  But we plowed on, adding a bowl of tonjiru, with soft white tofu simmered in a thick offal stew.  I was thirsty, so I added a bottle of Mitsuya cider, which tasted like a light, ginger-y Sprite.DSC_0130 DSC_0131 DSC_0134 DSC_0133

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