Updated: August 14, 2019
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Shimantogawa: outstanding straw fire cuisine in Tokyo!

Shimantogawa is a must-try izakaya for its delicious warayaki (straw fire) traditional cuisine and beautiful nature-inspired interior. Located near Hibiya, Yurakucho, and Gina stations.

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Shimantogawa is a beautiful, nature-inspired izakaya in Ginza specializing in regional cuisine from Kochi prefecture and seared foods.

A decor inspired by one of the clearest rivers in Japan

Shimantogawa refers to the Shimanto River in Kochi Prefecture. The remote stream is known as one of the Great Three Rivers in Japan of exceptional purity because it is far from urban areas and has no dams.

As you can see in the picture above there are some semi-private rooms that were made to feel as if you are sitting on the river bed of the Shimanto River.

The restaurant is pretty spacious with some 125 seats so the venue is suitable for large groups.

Warayaki cuisine

The izakaya features warayaki cooked foods, a local specialty in Kochi Prefecture. It consists of searing foods under a straw fire (the name 'warayaki' literally means cooked by straw fire). Sit at a counter seat and you'll get to see the chef cook warayaki style from up close. It's very impressive!

A traditional feast!

Warayaki is particularly suitable for cooking bonito. Cooked over the straw fire, the outer part of the meat gets cooked and infused with a smokey taste. The center is still pretty raw, so warayaki can be thought of as something in between sashimi and grilled fish. You eat it the same way as you would eat sashimi: with soy sauce, wasabi, and horseradish to reset your palate.
You might also want to try the warayaki-seared chicken, which is also an extremely popular item. You'll love the combination of the savoury crispy skin with the juicy white meat inside. As quality is very important at Shimantogawa, the meat used here is free ranged chicken.
If you're unsure what to have, then a course might be a good option. You'll get to try multiple delicate Japanese-style entrees, beef, chicken, and fish dishes, some of which are done warayaki style.
And don't forget to try out their nice selection of sakes! Sake and warayaki is a match made in heaven. If you're not a fan of sake, then they do have beers, sour drinks, wines, whiskeys and cocktails. Drinks are around ¥500.

If you're planning on drinking quite a bit, note that you can add an all-you-can-drink option to your meal for ¥2,000 (limit of 2 hours).
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