From ¥400, average ¥1000 per dish
- 3 Chome-2-13, Koenji-kita, Suginami, Tokyo
- Distance from Station:
- 3 minutes from JR Koenji Station, North Exit
- 03-3337-1352 (Japanese only)
- 5:00pm - 5:00am
- Some staff speak a little English, English menu available.
The Tastes, Sights and Sounds of Okinawa, in Tokyo!
Dachibin has been in business for 30 years, serving delicious authentic Okinawan cuisine in Tokyo, and located just a few minutes walk from Koenji station. It is easily recognizable from their grand Okinawan style exterior that stands out from neighboring shops. Step inside and you will be welcomed by Okinawan melodies and energetic staff greetings. Dachibin is also one of the largest Izakaya in Koenji and could fit more than 100 people. You can choose to sit on their tatami floor, have a semi-private room, or sit at the bar counter to interact closer with the friendly staff.
Although Okinawa is a part of Japan, the culture and cuisine are completely different from the rest of the nation since it is on small island so far away from the mainland. The food may taste similar to Chinese cuisine, and at the same time feels Hawaiian or carries influences from perhaps the US army, such as in the famous dish “Taco rice”. If you want to discover the Okinawan taste while visiting Tokyo, Dachibin in Koenji does not disappoint.
Famous Okinawan dishes include Goya Champuru (a stir fry of bitter melon, tofu and eggs), Umibudo (“Sea Grapes”, a type of sea weed), served with a tangy ponzu citrus dipping sauce or their original Awamori cocktails. Dachibin also has a vast variety of fresh seafood and fish. Request their English menu to help you choose. The ingredients are brought from Okinawa, and the restaurant features monthly Okinawan music performances of shamisen (a traditional Japanese 3-stringed instrument) and others, so if you are lucky you can have the ultimate Okinawa experience! Seats fill up fast so making reservations is recommended.
[published December 2017]