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Brief report--first time at Izakaya Bincho


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Brief report--first time at Izakaya Bincho

Nicole | | Dec 22, 2008 10:18 AM

So we finally went to Izakaya Bincho early Saturday night. First, to say it is a hole-in-the-wall is an understatement...the restaurant has plastic sheeting instead of a real front wall, and only 3 tables in addition to a bar. We actually walked by it at first. Glad we found it, because the food was as good as I hoped it would be. We ordered mostly off the seasonal/chefs specials menu. We had a great lotus root sandwich (ground chicken between slices of lotus root, with an exceptionally tasty sauce--this may have been my favorite of the night), roasted gingko nuts (good, but nothing special), chicken meat balls (excellent), fried chicken with green onions (good), braised pork belly (excellent flavor and texture but large sections of pure fat...but since I suspect this is what gives the meat the great flavor and texture I can't really complain), bacon-wrapped cherry tomatoes (bites of perfection), and the chicken meat balls in broth (delicious). Everything was delicious, well-seasoned, and hearty. Service was very good. My only complaint--and this is something I haven't heard others say about Bincho--is that some of the dishes were quite salty. The worst offender in this respect was the broth with the chicken meatballs. The meatballs themselves were greatly enhanced by the broth, and in addition to a very strong salty flavor, the broth had a lot of other great flavors. So I enjoyed the broth, all the while finding it very, very salty. The next morning, I felt bloated and my fingers were so swollen from water retention that I could barely get my rings on and off--this only happens when I eat food with a LOT of salt. That said, it was worth it. I will definitely return, I'll just avoid eating certain items if I need to fit into tight clothes the next day. ;)