East-meets-West Seafood Powerhouse!
For Kaikaya fans, this pocket-sized restaurant is the ultimate izakaya. They've kind of joined this underground revolution of restaurants that keep their laid-back atmosphere and grungy feel. There's no bells or whistles at Kaikaya, but that's why it's so good. Unpretentious, scruffy, but cheerful.
It's one of the most reviewed eateries in all of Tokyo, and it's easy to understand why people rave about it. It feels like you've gone on the beaten path in search for authenticity - and you find it here.
Getting here is a bit of an adventure in itself. The path here winds down some narrow streets amongst little shops, old buildings, love hotels, and some suspicious side alleys. It takes about 10 minutes from Shibuya station. Google it and try not to get lost amongst the craziness on the way.
Upon arriving you are greeted with this rustic and somewhat eccentric looking shop front, complete with a plethora of wacky stickers and colourful murals! Once you see it you know you're in the right place.
The inside is just as wacky with a ton of ornaments, photos, stickers, ocean-themed items all seemingly scattered around the restaurant in a kind of a careless fashion. This is what most people love about the place - amongst all the mess is this feeling of homeliness.
The menu is a fusion of Asian and Western food inspired by the ocean. The chefs here are a creative bunch, skillfully serving up fresh seafood dishes to satisfy your appetite. Think of it as a new-style Japanese cuisine, probably something you've yet to try.
The staff are a super friendly and will help you choose from the menu, explaining how their signature dishes are prepared.
Fresh fish carpaccio dressed with Genovese basil paste, garlic, olive oil, and balsamic vinegar! Come at me now!!!
Hand-shaped Kobe beef sushi - make sure to try this!
To accompany your meal try the sake - traditional style - there are 16 different kinds to choose from!
Next, comes the sashimi platter. It's a beautifully plated dish and would be one of my top dishes to try here. Its prepared is a traditional Japanese way, with sides of different seaweeds, daikon, and vegetables.
Last but not least are these tuna spare ribs! Broiled in a sweet soy and ginger broth. They are super super tender!
Meals here are priced really reasonably, starting from around 850 yen and going up to around 3000 yen for large share platters. For the quality of the food, it's pretty top-end value!
And if none of this persuades you to come, check out the unique way they served their oshibori (hand towels)!