In the first two weeks of April, I visited Japan with some friends. A couple of days in Kyoto mostly covered the culture part of the trip, which means we had plenty of time for the culinary part in Tokyo … and that ‘s what this blog is about anyways!
We kicked things of with a degustation menu of cocktails.
That’s right. First time I encountered one of those, but hopefully not the last.
Gen Yamamoto runs an eight-seat bar (adequately named “Gen Yamamoto”) with unique cocktails using seasonal, local, fresh ingredients.
These small “sitting at the counter” bars & restaurants seem to be a thing in Japan. A bit weird at first maybe, for us. But I could get used to it.
We kicked things off with an epic cocktail that was just the way I like them: refreshing, citrusy & some depth/complexity with a bit of heat on the back of your tongue afterwards.
The other cocktails were all pretty tasty, and you could really notice the local, seasonal, fresh ingredients (like the kiwi, strawberry & tomato…): familiar, but a bit different than you’re used to.
Unfortunately however, none came close to the first one for me. But that just meant that one was just really really really ridiculously good. Also note that you drink these cocktails mostly for the taste, as there seemed to be very little alcohol involved… still: A+, would visit again & I’d definitely recommend visiting it if you ever happen to be in Tokyo!
Address: Anniversary Building 1F
1-6-4 Azabu-Juban, Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-0045
Seats: 8 counter seats
This post is part of my Japan Trip 2014 series, check out all of them over here.