Gen Yamamoto (Tokyo)

In the first two weeks of April, I visited Japan with some friends. A couple of days in Kyoto mostly covered the culture part of the trip, which means we had plenty of time for the culinary part in Tokyo … and that ’s what this blog is about anyways!

We kicked things of with a degustation menu of cocktails.

That’s right. First time I encountered one of those, but hopefully not the last.

Gen Yamamoto runs an eight-seat bar (adequately named “Gen Yamamoto”) with unique cocktails using seasonal, local, fresh ingredients.

The master at work

The master at work

These small “sitting at the counter” bars & restaurants seem to be a thing in Japan. A bit weird at first maybe, for us. But I could get used to it.

First cocktail with ginger, rosemary, sechuan & sake

First cocktail with ginger, rosemary, sechuan & sake

We kicked things off with an epic cocktail that was just the way I like them: refreshing, citrusy & some depth/complexity with a bit of heat on the back of your tongue afterwards.

 

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Preparing the second cocktail with Japanese kiwi & sake

Preparing the second cocktail with Japanese kiwi & sake

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Number 3 consisted out of fresh strawberries & Spanish gin

Number 3 consisted out of fresh strawberries & Spanish gin

The fourth cocktail featured winter tomatoes, Samané vodka & shizo

The fourth cocktail featured winter tomatoes, Samané vodka & shizo

Cocktail #5: Sparkling sake, hassuku & wasabi

Cocktail #5: Sparkling sake, hassuku & wasabi

And the last one: Hot Dasai sake & cold strawberry cream

And the last one: hot Dasai sake & cold strawberry cream

The other cocktails were all pretty tasty, and you could really notice the local, seasonal, fresh ingredients (like the kiwi, strawberry & tomato…): familiar, but a bit different than you’re used to.

Unfortunately however, none came close to the first one for me. But that just meant that one was just really really really ridiculously good. Also note that you drink these cocktails mostly for the taste, as there seemed to be very little alcohol involved… still: A+, would visit again & I’d definitely recommend visiting it if you ever happen to be in Tokyo!

If you need some more convincing, just take a look at these pictures by Mr. SpanishHipster.


 Gen Yamamoto

Address:     Anniversary Building 1F

1-6-4 Azabu-Juban, Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-0045

E-mail:        office@genyamamoto.jp

Tel/Fax:      03-6434-0652

Seats:        8 counter seats

http://www.genyamamoto.jp/bar_tokyo/English.html

https://www.facebook.com/barGenYamamoto


This post is part of my Japan Trip 2014 series, check out all of them over here.

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