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$30 - $50
Japanese, Asian, Street Food
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
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Reviewed October 20, 2019 via mobile

I love this place for local that is also very welcome for travelers! Food is clearly tasty and it is a pleasure to enjoy a sharing moment with friends or family. A real experience in Naka! A must to do. The team and the owners...are so nice! Sugoï!More

Date of visit: October 2019
Reviewed October 19, 2019

A friend of mine and I were walking around Nakameguro looking for food spot. Came across this hidden gem. Staff were the friendliest. One of the cook who has been working there for 13 years has the dopest smile. I loved his recommendations too. Certainly...recommend if you are looking to take a break from expensive restaurants or just want to have a cozy night. Also make sure to use the bathroom when you’re there. Filled with cool tiny ornaments. If you speak Japanese you may also enjoy comic audio that’s playing while you pee. LOLMore

Date of visit: October 2019
Reviewed October 5, 2019 via mobile

Great place to come and enjoy your time with family or friends. Owners is so friendly and kind. Environment is so chill.

Date of visit: October 2019
Reviewed September 20, 2019

Amazing food - Yuji was a great chef and the sake was really good - plus good music and vibe. All round a good experience

Date of visit: September 2019
Reviewed April 25, 2019

Skewers of deliciousness that can be ordered individually, and over time. We started with two of everything we wanted to try and then added everything that was recommended. Our server was so genuinely happy to pay attention to what we enjoyed and make recommendations. They...were also very mindful of a food allergy. Not a bad bite in the whole evening, and it was paired with great local beer which is prepared with love in a way I've only encountered in Japan. It's really reasonably priced, especially considering how truly good it is! The place is very small, so I recommend a reservation - the bonus of having the reservation is that someone will keep an eye out for you if you are standing nearby wondering exactly where the restaurant is, and they'll come out and greet you :)More

Date of visit: April 2019
Reviewed October 12, 2018 via mobile

Have the pancakes, have the vegetables, have the squid. This place is amazing. They made sure that we had the best time ever and you will enjoy yourself

Date of visit: October 2018
Reviewed August 5, 2018 via mobile

We came here because Anthony Bourdain raved about it on his show and he was not wrong. This place was the highlight of my trip. Yugi (Uz) was super friendly and showed us a picture of him and Anthony Bourdain (I'm a huge fan...May he...rest in peace). Yugi and Momo (the cook) were the friendliest people we have ever met. We had the place to ourselves because we got there before they opened and waited outside. The food was amazing and the ginger pork and pork belly were to die for!! And the dessert pudding was out of this world! The place is very tiny but well worth the trip from anywhere! I'd give this place 10 stars if I couldMore

Date of visit: August 2018
Reviewed February 5, 2018 via mobile

Absolutely loved everything about Mahayana from the friendly service, atmosphere, and the assorted Kushi-katsu. I had about 6 pieces and some drinks which was perfect for me. I will surely miss this place when I leave tomorrow but would absolutely come back!

Date of visit: February 2018
Reviewed January 28, 2018 via mobile

For those seeking a local hangout/izakaya with a welcoming vibe for tourists .. this place is a must. Very small space but the hosts make it work, awesome location on the riverfront. Hosts speak some english and are welcoming and friendly, you are treated like...a friend. Menu is available with english translation, lots of amazing vegetarian options as well!! You'll have a pleasant evening with a drink and some fried skewers. Save room for the dessert skewer and puddings!More

Date of visit: January 2018
Reviewed December 18, 2017

We were staying about 30 minutes from the Naka-Meguro neighborhood and decided to make the trek out after hearing about Mahakala. In short, we loved our meal here. Perfectly cooked skewers (our favorites were the pork and ginger, beef tongue and tofu), a charming small...space and a very friendly and welcoming team. They've been around for 15 years, and I've no doubt that they'll continue to be around for many more. Highly recommended!More

Date of visit: December 2017
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  • Food: 5
  • Service: 5
  • Value: 4.5