I have to say this is one of the best places I’ve been to in Tokyo. Not only for the food, but for the chef who is a total character, to the atmosphere, to the little quirky ornaments (or should I say phallic symbols everywhere…), to the music… What a great vibe.
Narukiyo is an Izakaya, which means a place to drink and eat. In Japan there are many types of Izakaya, always centred around drinking, but with really high quality food as well. I think of it as a type of tapas bar, or a gastro pub. This type of place is definitely lacking in the rest of the world’s Japanese cuisine… I absolutely love visiting different izakaya’s whenever in Japan. This is definitely one I would return to!
Firstly there is Narukiyo himself. A total entertainer and a brilliant chef. We sat at the counter, and watched his every move. He has a little badge on his top saying ‘I love sex’. He’s singing along to the music in the background while making the most amazing food. When we tried to take a picture of him, he quickly grabbed a hand-fan that says ‘やらせろ’ which means ‘let me do it’ Even when he dishes out his amazing food, he often does so on a plate or bowl with a phallic symbol… so discrete that I didn’t even notice it until my friend pointed it out. He somehow gets away with it though, with his big personality.
I had the most entertaining night watching him cook dish after dish, the most delicious food. The place has a mixture of music, retro rock, reggae, funk, whatever mood he’s in.
The food here is amazing. The atmosphere is great.
This is one place I will definitely be going back to on my next trip to Tokyo and one that I highly recommend to any locals or visitors.
2-7-14 Shibuya Shibuya Tokyo
東京都 渋谷区 渋谷 2-7-14 中村ビル Ｂ１Ｆ
Phone: +81 3-5485-2223