Izakaya in Shibuya & Shimo-Kitazawa

It's easy to see why everyone loves this izakaya (Japanese pub-eatery): the young chefs put on a dramatic show in the open kitchen and the creative takes on classics, while not exactly gourmet, are totally satisfying, especially the house speciality, aburi saba (blowtorch grilled mackerel). The two-hour all-you-can-drink course (¥4000), which comes with seven dishes, is great value. There is a ¥400 cover; reservations recommended.

It's down the alley from the corner with the Mr Donuts, on your right with white noren (doorway curtains).