Updated： March 28, 2019
Tsubohachi In Asakusa: Affordable Izakaya Worth The Try!
Looking for a place with a nice atmosphere to have some good izakaya food for cheap in Asakusa? Tsubohachi is definitely worth considering! They have great skewers, grilled fish, karaage, and super spicy dishes too.
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Tsubohachi is really well located, just a few steps away from Asakusa station. It's on the second floor of a building. You should notice their beautiful large windows and their red store sign.
The interior is Japanese style and quite lovely with the warm lighting of lanterns. You'll love the origotatsu low tables that are by the window! From the one pictured above, you a nice view of a bridge crossing Sumida river.
As for the food, the restaurant is famous for serving good portions of meat at a really reasonable price. You won't go wrong with their karaage fried chicken! It's super juicy and packed with that savoury umami.
By all means, try their skewers too. This beef skewer in the middle of the picture was particularly awesome with some sesame seeds as a condiment and some shichimi Japanese spice that gives a distinctive spicy and tingly taste.
If you like fish, you'll probably enjoy their grilled "hokke" (Atka mackerel). This is a good dish to order if you're in a group because it's cheap and very big so it's easy to share. It comes with some grated daikon. You can pour a little soy sauce on the daikon and use it as a condiment for the hokke.
This is a new addition to their menu. The original dish was inspired by Sichuanese cuisine. It's a kind of stir fry of hot peppers and chicken. You can have it in three levels of spiciness (normal, 5, 10) for which the normal level is already really spicy. Do not attempt level 10 unless you really love your food extremely spicy!
This is a shortcake-flavoured milk drink that was thought out to go well with the previously mentioned spicy plate. It does the job well of extinguishing the fire in your mouth and the creamy slightly sweet taste is nice too.
This izakaya is a nice place for casual get-togethers. It's easy on the wallet too. If you drink and eat plenty, the bill will probably be less than ¥4,000. Give it a try next time you're in Asakusa.
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