What we all needed but never realised it: a kotatsu restaurant! Experience the true charm of a Japanese winter

11.November.2016 | FOOD / SPOT

A kotatsu seating area has been added to the terrace of Bane BAGUS in Akasaka-mitsuke this month where you can sit outside and enjoy nabe (hot pot) while keeping warm. Enjoy your hot food under a Japanese winter sky.

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The terrace is linked to the rooftop and there is heating set up to keep you warm, meaning you don’t have to worry about the bitter chill of winter. And of course there’s plenty of food to enjoy, such as motsunabe, as well as a host of other types of nabe containing seafood and pork. One dish to try is the an original recipe, the “Buta Shabu Shabu”, which contains pork and uses a fish extract dashi. And for dessert, what else than “mikan”, a type of orange often eaten while under the kotatsu. Head on over to the restaurant and enjoy yourself a Japanese winter!

 

■Information
Bane BAGUS Akasaka-mitsuke
Address: 3 Chome-10-4 Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo 107-0052, Gessekai Building 4F東京都港区赤坂3-10-4 月世界ビル4F
Closest station: 5 minutes walk from Akasaka Station via the Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line, or a 1 minute walk from Akasaka-mitsuke Station
Telephone Number: 03-5561-6006
Website: http://www.bagus-99.com/shops/bb_akasakamitsuke/

 

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    Model:Rinko Murata

    Writer:Sayoko Ishi

    Photographer:Kayo Sekiguchi

    Translation: Joshua Kitosi-Isanga

    TALENT PROFILE

    Rinko Murata

    Rinko Murata works in fashion and is active on radio and TV. Sales of her first style book were so successful that it required extra printing during its first week. She also has a rapidly growing following on her social media. As well as modelling at big fashion events, she has her own column online at “She magazine,” and receives much attention for her work in the areas of culture and lifestyle.

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