Gaijin Gourmet: Need a Drink & Yakitori in Shibuya? I Got a Fantastic Place!
I've always thought that, generally speaking, Shibuya is usually a terrible place to eat and drink; it's too expensive; the food isn't very good and the place is loud and full of kids... Great if you are 20-years-old and looking to pick up on girls...
But yesterday, in Shibuya, I was introduce to a real diamond in the rough.
The place is called "Sumire" and, are you sitting down? Well you will be sitting down at this restaurant when you hear this; the price of a draft beer is ¥120! ¥120 yen!? That's about $1.50 (USD) for a draft beer in a glass! Wow!
Even on weekends and holidays the price is only ¥280 a glass!
Sumire is not really an "eating place" the drink menu is large but the food menu is small: Just a handful of types of yakitori and a few salads and sushi and sashimi dishes... The typical menu at a Japanese Izakaya
See? It says ¥120 for a draft beer on weekdays!
Takoyaki is ¥280 yen
Gyouza or "Pot Stickers" are ¥280 yen
The entire food menu is really cheap too and was pretty tasty!
Spacious and very clean.
When we walked in, I saw this sign and thought, "Who does?"
ADDENDUM ADDED July 11, 2012: For English impaired foreigners, this doesn't say "No Foreigners!" It says, basically, "foreigners who come in here and start trouble, not welcome!" I know lots of foreigners in Japan are English challenged and don't understand this simple sentence and the use of the adjective, "troublesome." So let me make it simple for you; if it said, "Blonde Foreigners not allowed." Does that mean all foreigners not allowed or just blonde ones?...
You don't need to thank me. Just don't go here and raise hell. They'll call the cops on you.
The food was good and the drinks great so I decided to see if the kitchen was clean and, sure enough, it was. Friendly staff too!
Here's a map to Sumire: http://yahoo.jp/5LP7XT