Firstly, thought the 3,500yen tasting menu was excellent value. An interesting take on kaisekei. That was probably the best bit. There was zero interaction with the chefs, and the english speaking waiter only spoke to us when we walked in, and walked out. We were never informed of any menu offerings/progression, or asked if we had any dietary requirements, sort of essential when you are just going to give people food. We have eaten at many izakaya throughout Japan, on all price levels, many with no english, only google translate and our phrasebook, and had a far superior experience. The chefs were just going through the motions. All the guests at the counter were tourists, as of course I am, but this leaves me the impression that giro giro has had it's day. Izakaya Owan, in Yoyogi-hachiman, Tokyo, is a benchmark for us.
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