25 Dec '13, 10pm

Andy’s - The British #Izakaya Invasion via @sharethis #Tokyo

The arches under the JR Yamanote elevated train tracks near Yurakucho Station are bustling with all kinds of eateries – notably yakitori and izakaya joints. Known as “gado-shita” or under the girders, these lively watering holes are packed with Tokyo businessmen seeking a beer and casual bites after work. The atmosphere is incredible, and the food often cheap and cheerful. But if your mastery of Japanese extends little beyond “Konnichiwa”, stepping into one of these places can be daunting. Unless you’re at Andy’s. Andy Lunt is an English lad from Leicester who runs Shin Hinomoto, an old-standing izakaya that belonged to his in-laws, the Nishizawas. Here at “Andy’s Izakaya” as it’s fondly known, it’s almost always full, with a crowd of both locals and foreigners relieved to be able to speak in English and be understood. The energy in this place is zippy and welcoming all at...

Full article: http://makansutra.com/stories/3/1045/Andy%E2%80%99s-TheBr...

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