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“Wonderful, authentic, and English-speaking”

Andy's Shin Hinomoto
Ranked #9 of 6,858 Restaurants in Chiyoda
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Japanese, Bar
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Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Neighborhood: Ginza / Tokyo Nihonbashi
Stockholm, Sweden
Level 4 Contributor
38 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“Wonderful, authentic, and English-speaking”
Reviewed November 22, 2012

The best sashimi I've had in Tokyo (yes, better than the places around Tsukiji market) with the huge advantage of being able to ask what fish was in season, what is recommended, as well as getting a presentation of what fish i was eating, where it had been caught, etc.

The location is just south of the Yurakucho station, under the railway bridge/arch, in an area full of izakaya and yakitori places. On the inside it's sparsely decorated in a somewhat rustic manner, with visible wooden beams and such.

Andy is very friendly and helpful, as is the whole staff really, and the atmosphere is great with locals and expats side by side eating, drinking and being merry.

Wonderful place, highly recommended.

  • Visited August 2012
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Manchester, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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“Best seafood you could wish for....”
Reviewed November 14, 2012

Just returned from a boys long weekend to Tokyo with a mate and Andy's had been recommended to us. We booked (which is essential on +81 33214 8021) and were delighted with the evening. We arrived not knowing what to expect and found it on two floors under the railway arches. We ventured inside and were met by Andy, a Leicester lad who has lived in Japan for 25 years. The restaurant sits around 180 people and was totally packed. If you are looking for a quiet night in salubrious surroundings then look elsewhere but if you want a buzzing atmosphere, fabulous seafood at sensible prices, efficient service and are not worried about crowded spaces then you could not beat Andy's. The clientel included locals, business people in suits, expats who had clearly been there many times before and tourists like us who were first time visitors. Food choice was great with traditional Japanese options plus dishes with western influence but all top quality, super fresh and sourced daily by Andy at Tokyo's famous Tsukiji market. He sets his menu depending upon what he can source that morning at the right price and right quality. He even invited us to meet him one morning at Tsukiji and gave us a tour as he bargained with the stall holders for that evening's produce (see photo's). With 25 years experience in the business, Andy knows exactly how to run this type of restaurant, is passionate about what he does and was masterful in the way he ran the place with a calm efficiecy, authority and with little touches that make all the difference. Watching him work the floor and make everyone feel special was a lesson in how to run a successful restaurant.

  • Visited November 2012
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Sussex
Level 4 Contributor
29 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Great Atmosphere”
Reviewed October 18, 2012

Taken by friends and intrigued by the reviews we were not disappointed - great atmosphere, friendly service and wonderful food. Particularly enjoyed the sake, grapefruit and soda drink - whose effects became evident when got up !! Mixture of local and expat - cheek by jowl makes it all the more fun. Who thought dining under the arches could be such fun !

  • Visited October 2012
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San Jose, California
Level 6 Contributor
344 reviews
174 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 155 helpful votes
“English speaking Izakaya restaurant in Japan - any good?”
Reviewed June 26, 2012

We visited Andy's (Shin-Hinomoto) at Yurakucho, on the spur of the moment after reading some reviews. This was after a few days of blundering into Japanese speaking only restaurants and ordering "random" food (which turned out excellently and was fun - but that is another story). I had a bit of unspoken misgiving - can an "english speaking" Izakaya place owned by a Brit no less, be "authentic" and serve good Izakaya?

We showed up on a Thursday evening at about 7pm - restaurant was full and seating was by reservation only. But somehow, Andy and his lovely staff managed to squeezed us into a booth and accommodated us. The staff was very nice about everything and they came by with recommendations and pointers - we had so much food and all at a very reasonable (relative to other Izakaya places in Tokyo) price too! And yes to the question - Andy's rocks and is authentic! Love love love the food there....!

The restaurant isnt anything to shout about, but that's exactly it - it has its own charm in its "rustic-ness". I seldom recommend as assertively as this - if you like Izakaya, this is a must go to place! (the sashimi was so fresh!)

Bon appetit!

  • Visited June 2012
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Portland, Oregon
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“Andy's Shinhinomoto”
Reviewed June 12, 2012

A friend of mine is a pilot in Japan. He has been going here for years. I've now been twice on two separate trips - second time was last week. Food is amazing, decor is ghastly - but adds to the novelty, Andy is superbly friendly as is his wife. Restaurant is located underneath a railway line, ceilings are maybe 7ft high and pipes are exposed; it is very close to BIC Camera. The restaurant is very small; everyone is jammed into a very small area - people smoke freely. Remember it is cash only! If this hasn't scared you away yet - you will be suprememly rewarded by the food. Very simple, very fresh and well prepared. Sauteed mushrooms - don't miss, sashimi - wow. Andy goes to the fish market every morning - so the fish doesn't get any fresher than this. Beer selection is great; amazing meal. Enjoy! Two of us had Guiness and dinner =Y7200. Oh, you must make a reservation. Our reservation was at 5:30 and the restaurant was full by 5:35. Walk ins not accepted.

  • Visited June 2012
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