Gen Yamamoto

 

Address: 

ANNIVERSARY BUILDING 1F
1-6-4 AZABU-JUBAN, MINATO-KU, TOKYO 106-0045

Phone: +813-6434-0652

I have never really written about a bar in my blog before but this ‘bar’ definitely deserves a place here. I’m not sure what to call this place really. A ‘bar’ doesn’t really suit it, but it does serve cocktails so technically it is a bar. Well anyway, Gen Yamamoto is amazing. 
It’s a small bar in the Azabu-juban area that has only 8 seats and serves omakase cocktails. Omakase means, whatever the mixologist feels like serving you that very day. Gen Yamamoto uses the freshest ingredients from around Japan according to season.

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There are two menus, six cocktails will cost you 6500 yen or 4 cocktails will cost you 4500 yen. I know…it sounds like a lot. But I recommend you go with the 6 cocktails. You won’t be disappointed.

Here is what I had.

The first drink was extremely refreshing. A mixture of a Japanese type of cherry tomato called aiko mixed with sochu or a Japanese spirit from Iki island, topped with chrysanthemum.

The second drink was a mixture of red pear from Hokkaido mixed with a spirit of leftover sake leaves. Absolutely delicious. I actually felt like this was all healthy. Like I was drinking a delicious juice. Not.

Next, the juice of two different types of grapes mixed with sweet potato sochu. Delicious!

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The fourth drink was in a class of its own. I wish I could order this at any bar in the world. It is a mixture of nectarine from Nagano with rye based gin from Spain called Siderit. I’m a gin girl so I absolutely loved this one.

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The fifth cocktail felt more like a dessert because you ate it with a spoon. This was a wonderful mixture of green ume (Japanese plum) mixed with Hakushu single malt whiskey. Amazing !.

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It is only natural for Gen Yamamoto to save the best for last. And he definitely did. The last drink was the winner. It was a rather milky cocktail made from Ibaraki chestnuts mixed with dessert sake and topped with sencha (green tea). The perfect closing to the course.

Gen Yamamoto is a one man show. He mixes all his drinks himself and washes all his glasses himself. It is better to call around 3 pm when the bar opens for bookings. He won’t answer the phone in the evening.

I loved all the drinks so much that I booked another seating a few days later where Gen Yamamoto would make me a different set of cocktails. I decided to just relax and enjoy myself the second time around and not worry about writing for the blog. I really do recommend this little gem in Azabujuban. Let Gen Yamamoto surprise you.

 
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