Karakuri Craft Beer & Oden & Sake, Kanda

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TOKYO | Karakuri Craft Beer & Oden & Sake is a small bar in Kanda that focuses on, as the name suggests, craft beer, oden, and sake. Located in a basement off a side street, Karakuri is a bit hard to find but it’s well worth seeking out. The welcoming space is warming and intimate, with lots of concrete and wood, and seating for 35 people. Music is an eclectic mixture of 90s and 2000s rock, hip-hop and R&B, played at a volume that doesn’t drown out conversation.

On tap you’ll find nine local and international beers. Not the largest craft beer selection in town, but all quality, including rare international releases you don’t often find in Japan. For fans of sake it’s an equally impressive small but quality list. Tasters of both beer and sake are on offer – you can choose any three. If you don’t want either, there’s also kombucha, wine, cocktails and spirits, including some fantastic whiskeys.

The great beer was what initially drew us to Karakuri, but the food here is outstanding too. In fact it’s that tasty that even if you’re not a fan or beer or sake, it’s worth checking out. There’s the oden, a one-pot dish filled with a light, dashi broth and ingredients like boiled eggs, daikon, konjac, and processed fishcake. When we visited was asked our waiter to bring out an assortment of whatever he thought we should try, and proceeded to enjoy a series of izakaya style dishes, along with some oden.

From cold octopus to fried sweet corn, bonito and mizuna salad to half egg and daikon oden, we couldn’t fault a thing.

Karakuri Craft Beer & Oden & Sake

3-7 Kanda Kajichō
Tokyo 101-0045
Japan

Telephone: 03 6260 8185
E-mail: n/a
Website

Open
Mon – Wed, Fri: 3:00pm to 11:30pm
Sat – Sun: 5:00pm to 11:30pm

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Paul founded The City Lane back in 2009 as a place to share photos of his travels around Europe with friends and family. The City Lane might have changed quite a lot since those early days but one thing that’s remained constant is Paul’s passion for food, travel and culture, and a desire to photograph and write about his experiences. Paul has a strong inquisitive nature that drives him to look beneath the surface in order to discover what really makes a city and its people tick, and what better way to do this than over a good meal or drink, with a city’s locals, at places that people who live in that city actually frequent. Paul is also a co-host of The Brunswick Beer Collective, a podcast that may or may not actually be about beer.

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