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Akakara (Sunshine Street in Ikebukuro): Excellent Affordable Izakaya! [PR]

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Akakara on Sunshine Street of Ikebukuro is the perfect izakaya for a fun evening with friends. You'll love their tasty Nagoya specialties and the awesome atmosphere.

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Akakara On Sunshine Street In Ikebukuro

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Looking for a nice and affordable Japanese izakaya experience in Ikebukuro? Then Akakara is the perfect place to go! The atmosphere is just perfect with a decor that is traditional and fun too, and I guarantee that the food will not disappoint!

The Akakara Ikebukuro Sunshine Street Location is a 3-minute walk from the east exit of Ikebukuro station, on the 6th floor of a building.
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The tavern is a really popular spot to get together with a group of friends while enjoying an array of tasty foods and some good drinks. The place gets lively at night, which only adds to the authentic, fun izakaya-style atmosphere. You'll love the experience!

If you want to have a "nomikai" (drinking party) as they say in Japan, this is definitely a place to consider as you can add an all-you-can-drink option to your meal. They have course meals too.

Below I'll introduce some of the tasty foods you can order.

Hot Pots

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Hot Pot (¥990/person)
You should definitely consider their hot pots as they are the specialty of the house. They're made of many quality ingredients produced domestically (tripes, chicken balls, pork, tofu, veggies, etc.) and the soup is miso-based. When you order the hot pot, you can choose your degree of spiciness from a scale of 0 to 10. Be careful however, 10 is extremely spicy! Most people order around level 3.

Most Japanese customers order this one but if hot pots aren't your cup of tea there are plenty of other great choices.

Tebasaki (Nagoya Style Chicken Wings)

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Tebasaki (4 for ¥490; 8 for ¥890)
Akakara hails from Nagoya, a place known all across Japan for its delicious local cuisine. Among all the great foods you can have in Nagoya, these chicken wings called tebasaki are probably the most raved about. Just give them a try and you'll understand! There are a few ways you can have them prepared: standard Nagoya-style, spicy, or seasoned with black pepper. All are pretty awesome.

3 Specialty Item Assortment

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3 Specialty Item Assortment (¥1,090)
You definitely won't go wrong with this platter made up of 3 specialties of the house that go wonderfully with a nice cold beer.

The order comes with chicken skin and some lean chicken neck meat, both of which are seasoned with the house's secret tare sauce that is super savory and just a little spicy. The chicken meatballs in the center are called "tsukune" and are lightly seasoned with salt. The lighter taste of the tsukune is the perfect counterbalance to the stronger tasting items. The meat is served on a bed of sprouts, so you get some veggies with this order, too.

Skewered Deep-Fried Shrimp

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Deep Fried Shrimp Skewers (2 for ¥390)
Deep fried skewers called "kushi katsu" are popular all over Japan, but this jumbo shrimp version is a scrumptious local twist mainly found in Nagoya. Try them out with the slightly sweet dark miso sauce.

Cheese Tamago Yaki

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Cheese Tamago Yaki (¥590)
Tamago yaki is a Japanese style omelette, and this one is filled with cheese! The reason why it tastes so good is not just because of the cheese, but also because it has some dashi soup stock and tare sauce added to the egg mix. If you've never had a tamago yaki, you'll be surprised by how umami-filled it is. You can have it without cheese too for ¥100 cheaper.

A Fun Izakaya To Go To In Ikebukuro Without Breaking The Bank!

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You definitely get the bang for your buck at Akakara. The atmosphere is quaint, the food is great, and it's on the affordable side of the izakaya price spectrum. Most people report paying around ¥2,000 to ¥3,000. Remember that you can add an all-you-can-drink option with your meal too. It's the perfect place to spend an evening in good company.
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