Founded in 1978 by Takashi Uno, Shirube has solidified its reputation as a renowned izakaya, earning its founder the title of the “Godfather of modern Izakaya” in Japan.
Located in Kyodo, Tokyo, Shirube quickly became a popular establishment, known for its vibrant atmosphere and delectable offerings. Under Takashi’s visionary leadership, Shirube revolutionized the izakaya experience, infusing it with diverse cultural influences and international recipes. Consequently, this traditional drinking spot transformed into a trendy destination for young crowds and individuals seeking not only exceptional food and drinks but also a vibrant social setting.
Currently, the legacy of Shirube has been entrusted to Takashi’s sons, Yudai and Kodai Uno, who continue the family’s tradition of culinary brilliance. Building upon the esteemed reputation of Shirube, the Uno brothers have recently expanded the brand to Santa Monica, opening a brand new location. This new chapter in Shirube’s history brings the essence of Japanese izakaya
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What is an Izakaya?
An izakaya is a type of Japanese establishment that serves alcoholic beverages and a variety of small dishes, similar to a pub or tavern. It is a popular spot for casual dining and socializing in Japan. Izakayas offer a relaxed and informal atmosphere where friends, colleagues, and acquaintances gather to enjoy drinks and order a wide range of food items to share.
The menu at an izakaya typically consists of various types of appetizers, sashimi, tempura, noodles, fried dishes, and other small plates. These dishes are often designed to be shared among the group, allowing everyone to try different flavors and varieties.
Izakayas are known for their extensive drink selection, including beer, sake, shochu (a distilled spirit), and a variety of cocktails.
The ambiance of an izakaya is typically cozy and welcoming, with dim lighting, wooden furnishings, and a lively atmosphere. It is not uncommon to hear conversations and laughter flowing throughout the establishment. Izakayas are considered an integral part of Japanese social culture, providing a space for people to relax, unwind, and enjoy good food and drinks in the company of others.
Founded in 1978 by Takashi Uno, Shirube quickly became a renowned izakaya in Kyodo, Tokyo. Under Takashi’s visionary leadership, it transformed into a trendy destination known for its vibrant atmosphere and delectable offerings. Notable milestones include the opening of Kuimonoya Raku in Roppongi (1985) and Harajuku (1986), expanding its influence in Shibuya with Kuimonoya Raku in Dogenzaka (1989).
In the following years, Shirube continued to captivate patrons, introducing Bistro 35 Steps in Shibuya (1995) and expanding its culinary excellence with Inokashira Shirube in Kichijoji (1997) and Bistro Shirube West in Hachioji (1997). The commitment to innovation led to the establishment of “Makanai-ya Shirube” in Shibuya (2001) and further diversification with Izakaya CinCin in Kagurazaka (2008) and Yebisu-do in Ebisu (2009).
In 2010, Shirube underwent significant transformations, with “Kuimono-ya Raku in Shibuya Dogenzaka” rebranding as “Tokyo Wine Club Raku.” They continued to expand with Tokyo Wine Shokudo in Roppongi (2010) and Rakuchin in Shibuya Shinsen (2012). Despite changes, Shirube’s commitment to excellence remained unwavering, moving Chopstick Cafe Shirube in Shibuya (2015) and emerging with 2918 in Kichijoji (2016).
Currently, the legacy of Shirube is entrusted to Takashi’s sons, Yudai and Kodai Uno, who carry on the family’s tradition of culinary brilliance. Building upon the esteemed reputation of Shirube, the Uno brothers expanded the brand to Santa Monica, opening a brand new location. This new chapter in Shirube’s history continues to bring the essence of Japanese izakaya to a wider audience.
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