Someone's on the go. Part two of our Arakicho adventure...honestly, it was part 4 after we walked out of the first two places without ordering. Finicky we are.
This 'Sakaoto' place caught my eye on the first walk around the half-dozen blocks that make up Arakicho. It looked small, cute, maybe friendly, and after all it's self-described as a Nihonshu bar.
boilerplate text at the beginning.
The master focuses on vegetables from his wife's farm in Saitama, and also sake from that area. This means there will likely be a bunch of brands you've never heard of. It also means they may be more interesting than delicious, unless you really like old-fashioned sake. I think most foreign people find it confronting; I'm barely getting into it now - like room-temperature sake. For hard men it is.
You'll start with the vegetable plate in the back. It's not bad, but I feel you should know the charge will be Y1k. Also, there will be an unannounced Y500 charge per person for service.
Drinks are generally served in the 3-variety sets, sort of 1-go for Y980, which is toppy but OK since you get variety. If you choose not to get the set, pricing is quite punitive.
Sometimes Tokyo tries my patience.