The Mainichi Newspaper “Matomeshi” (food roundup) column features a warm and cosy place in the Yotsuya-Sanchome section of Shinjuku in Tokyo. They focus on serving warm sake, okan (お燗), and also coffee.
We haven’t had a pun for a while, have we? It’s pun time. The izakaya-coffee shop is called Kan-Kōhī Fuji-Fuji (燗コーヒー藤々) where kan-kōhī usually means the canned coffee you get from vending machines, but here it uses the kanji from okan – hot coffee.
Some examples from their menu: seared kamasu barracuda with salmon roe, with a strained dada-chamame (a type of edamame) sauce, topped with lightly cooked maitake mushrooms (JPY 2,000) served with Tamazakura junmai Yamada Nishiki 70 (JPY 850); tataki of Ozaki beef (JPY 2,600); amadai tilefish and matsutake mushroom broth (JPY 1,050).
Their menu also features Umezu Furei Awa Yamada Nishiki BY2009 (JPY 950 for 180 ml). This is a favourite of the Fujikiwas, who find that when the sake is heated it goes beautifully with every part of the meal, from dashi in soup to fatty meat to vegetables.