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Monday, June 17, 2024

Mandegan – Meals Sake Tokyo

Yuko and her do-it-yourself tsukemono.

Mandegan is cool and informal sake/wine bar in Shibuya. It’s by the good Kotaro Hayashi san of the eponymous izakaya Kotaro, which simply celebrated its Thirteenth-anniversary. Mandegan opens at 4 p.m. and is a good spot to cease by for a couple of small bites and glasses of sake or wine.

The menu consists of some signature izakaya Kotaro dishes such because the smoked egg potato salad or shūmai steamed dumplings. Mandegan is a neighborhood dialect from Kagawa prefecture the place Kotaro san is from. It means all the pieces or all of it. A cool title for a bar because it flows off your tongue simply.

On this night time the very pleasant and affable Yuko Miura san is behind the counter. I went in shortly after 4 p.m. and shortly the bar crammed up with regulars. Yuko san greeted them with a “very long time no see” or “welcome again”. 

I ordered some Akishika sake from Osaka and Yuko san, who may be very educated about wine and sake, jogged my memory it’s a robust wine to begin the night time off with. She was proper and I later requested for ice to place into the cup to dilute it. I usually do that at residence.

The nukazuke tsukemono pickles are made by Yuko san. The potato salad is the traditional izakaya consolation meals dish. Shishamo fish with roe is fried and pickled with celery and onions in a Nambanzuké preparation. The whole lot pairs effectively with nihonshu or wine.

Kotaro is a very talked-about izakaya and exhausting to get reservations at so this can be a welcome boost to his enterprise. Do name forward and make a reservation at Mandegan earlier than going because it’s a small bar and I used to be stunned at how shortly it turned busy, even at 4 p.m.

Yuna and Kotaro


Shibuya-ku, Sakuragaoka 28-2, 2nd ground (above izakaya Kotaro)

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