After a couple of quick stops to fill our stomachs while recovering from the overwhelming Robot Restaurant (ロボットレストラン), I decided to be lazy and took a cab to our next stop. It's a pilgrimage I have to make on every trip to Tokyo, and I'm glad I got the chance to come back to Tamanegiya (酒たまねぎや) once again.
As usual Master served up a little amuse bouche... with some braised fish and also a couple of cape gooseberries. The cape gooseberries were very ripe and sweet tonight.
I tried to take things easy at the start, knowing that I'll be going after some heavy-hitters towards the end...
As it turns out, our neighbors at the bar were also from Hong Kong, and the gentleman decided to join me for the vertical tasting. As some of the bottles didn't have enough to deliver two pours, Master very kindly opened up 4 fresh bottles for us.
Normally I would ask Master to bring out something much, much older, but tonight I felt that I had had enough to drink. After all, I was surviving on only a couple of hours' of sleep and had been running around all day. Time to go hit the sack...
The only unfortunate thing about tonight was that I was unable to smell a number of the sakes properly. There were two reasons for this: master was grilling tuna collars for two groups of guests, so the smell filled the place for a while.
But the other, more annoying, reason was that the Japanese guests were smoking inside the bar. It really pisses me off that other people would pollute the air with cheap cigarette smoke when I'm spending good money on expensive wine or sake, as I get easily 80% of my enjoyment from the nose itself. But since Master didn't say anything, I bit my tongue and suffered in silence.