Kushinoya, is a small Japanese Kushiage restaurant right at S-Bahnhof Savignyplatz. Kushiage means food skewered on bamboo sticks, lightly covered in breadcrumbs and deep-fried in hot oil. It is a fairly uncommon specialty even in Japan, where apparently it was introduced in the 19th century as a concession to Western tastes. The Kushinoya may well be the only Kushiage place in Europe. Don’t miss it for a unique, authentically Japanese dining experience!
It is best to ask for a place at the counter (booking is advisable, as the place really is tiny), from where you can watch the skewers being prepared by three serious young men, fully concentrated on their job. Altogether we counted 7 people behind the bar and serving, compared to barely three times as many guests at full capacity. Items on offer included king prawn, duck breast, Japanese eel, veal, beef, aubergine and gingko nuts, to mention but a few, with seasonal variations. Each of the different delicious morsels is freshly and individually prepared, and comes with its own special sauce. The sequence in which they are served is decided by the chef, but you can exclude particular things from a list in case of allergies or dislikes. The minimum order is 10 skewers for 25 Euros, but if you feel hungry, you can try up to 30 different ones. We stopped at 12 and felt well-satisfied, especially after a generous desert plate including Japanese green tea ice cream and sweet soy paste, which comes as part of the minimum order. The place looks so new, and the food is so carefully prepared that it is hard to believe the Kushinoya has been around for more than a few months, but actually it has been going since 2001. A memorable evening with very pleasant service and excellent food.
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