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Great ODEN place?

Asomaniac Oct 26, 2010 07:25 PM

I am looking for a great oden place. I am willing to travel anywhere in Tokyo for some exceptional oden, but would be really grateful for any place that is within a reasonable distance from Akasaka (where I live).

Thanks very much in advance.

  1. E Eto Oct 27, 2010 09:58 AM

    How are these place rated highly on Tabelog?

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    1. re: E Eto
      jem589 Oct 27, 2010 05:16 PM

      It's funny, Aso asked this yesterday, and mere hours later my friend dragged me to Otafuku, #3 on Tabelog's current ranking. I loved it - one of those old-as-dirt places that aren't fancy but are really good. Old-fashioned atmosphere, your choice of stools too small for westerners or else zashiki, and, speaking of dirt, a thick, gnarled coating of grease on the outside of the big oden pot. Family-run, several generations in the house serving, super-friendly. Sake is, I think, limited to 'cold' or 'hot', but it's Hakutsuru served from the cask so it's decent and woody. The location, 10 minutes from Iriya, is a little inconvenient. Oh, the oden were delicious.

      I've been to Otako in Yaesu for lunch, it was filling and decent but the atmosphere isn't much (and I wonder what the relation is between them and Otafuku, with the names being so similar). Also really enjoyed a place I went waaaay out in Kashiwa, too far for this topic but great oden and a sake specialist to boot.

      1. re: jem589
        Asomaniac Oct 27, 2010 08:28 PM

        Otafuku sounds wonderful, thank you!

        I am booked into Konbuya on Saturday and can't wait.

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      jem589 Oct 27, 2010 12:42 AM

      Konakara is really good. The one on the 5th floor of ShinMaru has surprisingly good atmosphere considering where it is, but the original looks way better (haven't been; just north of Ochanomizu, one block west of Hongo dori). It's casual, but you need to reserve and I believe they time-limit your visit.

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      1. re: jem589
        Asomaniac Oct 27, 2010 12:56 AM

        excellent! thank you - will give Konakara a shot.

      2. Robb S Oct 26, 2010 09:44 PM

        I haven't been in a few years, but I quite enjoy Konbuya in Nishi-Azabu - it's fairly refined oden in a strongly flavored broth, accompanied by a good sake and shochu list. http://www.bento.com/rev/1512.html

        Odako in Ueno (which I haven't been to yet) serves the lighter Kansai-style broth, also with a good sake list (http://www.bento.com/rev/2499.html )

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        1. re: Robb S
          Asomaniac Oct 27, 2010 12:34 AM

          Fantastic - I thought of asking if anyone could recommend a good oden place with a decent sake list, and you have already answered that question. Thank you! I will start with Konbuya.

          Do you know "Otakou" in Shimbashi: http://r.tabelog.com/tokyo/A1301/A130...
          If so, any good? A friend recommended it but I have not been yet.

          1. re: Asomaniac
            FourSeasons Oct 27, 2010 07:27 AM

            I tried Otako in Ginza a few years ago, it is pretty good but very casual. Not so sure about its sake list.

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