Karakuri: Kanda
Karakuri Kanda: Oden

Kakakuri is one of the rare drinking spots in Tokyo where you can find first-rate selections of both craft beer and craft sake. Despite the row of beer taps behind the counter, it feels more like a cozy neighborhood izakaya than a beer bar, and the menu of oden, tempura and sake-compatible delicacies reflects that.

You can choose from seven beers on tap, a mix of domestic and imported craft brews, and there are at least ten types of sake at any given time. Three-part tasting flights can be assembled from beer, sake, or a combination of beer and sake, another unusual feature here. They also serve a few kombucha variations, which can be part of your tasting flight as well.

Kakakuri's oden is immersed in a very flavorful broth, and is well above average in quality. Some highlights are the whole tomato with cheese and cilantro, and the big, juicy daikon radishes and turnips. Among sake snacks, the thick, meaty eihire (toasted ray fin) really stands out, and the corn tempura is very tasty, though it can be structurally fragile.

Domestic beers on tap from breweries like Outsider, Distant Shores and Uchu Brewing are typically priced at Y1200-1300 for a pint and Y900-1000 for a 310ml glass, with imports a few hundred yen more. Sake starts at Y1080/ichigo (180ml), or Y600 per 90ml glass.

In addition to draft beers you can splurge on deluxe bottled beers from Stillwater Artisanal, Separatist Beer Project and Kings Brewing in the US, BFM in Switzerland and a few other breweries. There's also a selection of shochu, whiskey, wine and cocktails. Budget around Y3500-4500 for food and drink at dinnertime.

Chiyoda-ku, Kanda Kajicho 3-7, Yako Bldg B1F.
東京都千代田区神田鍛冶町3-7 八光ビルB1F
Open 5-11pm (LO; Sat, holidays -10pm). Closed Sundays.


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