A little bit of Kyushu in Tokyo
While a visit to Kyushu Japan’s southern archipelago is highly recommended, the 1,000 Km trip from Tokyo often means short-term Japan travelers and even long-term foreign residents don’t travel there or get there often enough. Fortunately, we can get a taste of Kyushu right here in Tokyo for a reasonable price.
Welcome to Samurai, a small Kyushu style pub in Daimon. Their specialty is fish from Kyushu. Everything tastes great and I encourage you to try as many dishes as you can, my favorites include the horse sashimi (Basahi), the lotus root with mustard (Karashi Renkon) and the deep fried fish cake (Satsuma-age). They also have a very good selection of Kyushu oriented spirits, especially Shochu. Personally, I find Potato (Imo) shochu on the rocks a perfect fit. They also have the regular assortment of Japanese pub (Izakaya) style drinks and beer too. While the staff are not English speakers, they do have an English menu and the friendly Tencho (shop master) Mayama-san will make you feel comfortable.
It’s a popular place, so it’s good to call and make a reservation 03-3432-7775 before you go.
DoShiba Daimon Building 1F, 2-3-7 Shibadaimon, Minato-ku, Tokyo 105-0012
They also have another shop in Akasaka, which I look forward to visiting.
New Royal Building 2F, 3-6-18 Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo 107-0052