Great ODEN place?
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.
re: E Eto
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.
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.
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 )
re: Robb S
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.