When entering the restaurant we received a loud but friendly ‘konnichihaaaaa’ right away which made us feel very welcome and put a smile upon our faces right away. After the Japanese ritual of taking off our shoes on a square meter at the entrance, quite a challenge with shopping bags and winter-clothing, we got guided to the bar where we could see the staff in action. Good entertainment!
Jou mon is a small izakaya (i = to stay and sakaya = sake shop) but like real Japanese they make most of the space. It’s lively and bustling with a friendly atmosphere.
With a wall and a bar full of shochu jars and bottles of sake I had to try at least one of those. I’m not too familiar with sake yet but I’m always curious and what’s a better place to start drinking sake than Japan?
Jou Mon is all about sake and barbecue. The food is simple, yet perfectly prepared with the classic barbecue flavor. We let ourselves get surprised by the chef with the quail egg in pork belly and beef tenderloin as my personal favorites. We chose some amazing yellow fin sashimi and a spicy noodle soup ourselves and ended our dinner with a sweet sesame dessert. This dinner and the candyman at the door made us leave with a smile and definitely satisfied!
5-9-17 Roppongi | Fujimori Bldg. 1F, Minato