Normally I would post a plethora of food pictures, but the food at Hanbey, like many all-you-can-eat Japanese izakaya, is pretty terrible. It was a good thing that there's plenty of cold beer to wash the food down with. Despite the terrible food, what attracts people to these all-you-can-drink establishments is the warm ambiance and fun environment that makes for good times. This particular location of Hanbey required navigating through a labyrinth to our table. We sat down next to the open air kitchen so that we could see the chefs at work. The walls were decorated with old movie posters, and they echoed with the cheerful noises of friends and co-workers toasting each other after a hard day's work.
After the many rounds of beer, the two hour eating and drinking party comes to a close when the staff brings the check and a complimentary order of bread to the table to help mop up all the alcohol in everyone's stomachs. I guess it's the restaurant's way of saying, "You ain't gotta go home, but you gotta get the hell outta here!"
After one experience with nomihodai, I know I don't want no mo'. But who would say know to friends, fun, and all-you-can-drink? Until then, let's all get S.O.F.A.T.
半兵ヱ センター街店 / Hanbey
東京都 渋谷区 / Tokyo Metropolis, Shibuya WardUdagawacho District, 31 Chome 4
/ Shinoda Building, 2nd floor
ML - 20130626