Shirube @ Shimokitazawa

Hello, hello! First of all, this place is a MUST GO if you are visiting Japan! There are tons of reasons why you should visit this place – it’s located in Shimokitazawa, which is a very cool, grungy neighbourhood with lots of secondhand and vintage shops. Second, it’s a really nice Japanese experience – you’re in an izakaya, it’s super lively and people are getting drunk everywhere. Third, waiters here are pretty used to foreigners so they can speak a little English!

When we went here, we ordered the course menu (which is what I’d recommend you to do). Just sit back and wait for food! No decision fatigue!

The first thing you see when you step inside!
The first thing you see when you step inside!
I don't like restaurants where you have to sit cross-legged under a table because it gets so uncomfortable a while, so I was very happy to discover there's a nice big hole under the table for you to stuff your legs!
I don’t like restaurants where you have to sit cross-legged under a table because it gets so uncomfortable a while, so I was very happy to discover there’s a nice big hole under the table for you to stuff your legs!
Say hi to Alex's parents, two of the nicest people ever!
Say hi to Alex’s parents, two of the nicest people ever!
I always go for plum wine with soda, a fun sweet drink!
I always go for plum wine with soda, a fun sweet drink!
The chef in the middle, prepping all the food.
The chef in the middle, prepping all the food.
We started off with a salad. I usually hate salads but this one was good! Also, all that crunchy texture was a welcome change to the usual limp salads.
We started off with a salad. I usually hate salads but this one was good! Also, all that crunchy texture was a welcome change to the usual limp salads.
Fish appeared.
Fish got burnt.
Fish got burnt.
A nice char!
A nice char!
Final product!
Garlic bread with tuna, avocado and spring onions. SO. GODDAMN. GOOD.
Garlic bread with tuna, avocado and spring onions. SO. GODDAMN. GOOD.
The only problem with this dish was that it was too small. TOO SMALL.
The only problem with this dish was that it was too small. TOO SMALL.
Now, how can you not have sashimi when you're in Japan??
Now, how can you not have sashimi when you’re in Japan??
Once you eat sashimi in Japan, it's very difficult to eat it again outside because the quality is just so different. #firstworldproblems
Once you eat sashimi in Japan, it’s very difficult to eat it again outside because the quality is just so different. #firstworldproblems
Sake served from bamboo.
Sake served from bamboo.
Dumplings. I wasn't a big fan of these, so they don't deserve a longer description.
Dumplings. I wasn’t a big fan of these, so they don’t deserve a longer description.
Spicy edamame! Now this was fun and had a real kick to it!
Spicy edamame! Now this was fun and had a real kick to it!
Fried rice. At this point, everyone was getting super full and about to pass out.
Fried rice. At this point, everyone was getting super full and about to pass out.
Best part of the meal (well, a strong contender with the tuna avocado earlier) was a GIANT cup of ice cream.
Best part of the meal (well, a strong contender with the tuna avocado earlier) was a GIANT cup of ice cream.
Get ready for a messy, sticky gooey time.
Get ready for a messy, sticky gooey time.
Alex's father documenting this important moment.
Alex’s father documenting this important moment.
Caramel and chocolate sauce over vanilla ice cream. Yeurgh looking at it makes me want to go back.
Caramel and chocolate sauce over vanilla ice cream. Yeurgh looking at it makes me want to go back.
I really like this photo! So cute!
I really like this photo! So cute!
I know there's a lot of space devoted to this ice cream, but it was really, really, really, really good!!
I know there’s a lot of space devoted to this ice cream, but it was really, really, really, really good!!
And here's what it looks like outside, so you can easily recognize this!
And here’s what it looks like outside, so you can easily recognize this!

Quick tip: it’s best to make a booking at this place because it’s always crowded 🙂

Link to Shirube – Google Maps & Trip Advisor here. 

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Ann Jie

Loves good conversations and hates small talk. Finds people fascinating and wonders why meanies exist. Loves writing violent, graphic short stories but finds horror movies too scary to watch. Follow me on Instagram @annjieslices or tweet me a slice of YOUR life at @annjieslices!

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