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Long before tachinomi standing-only bars became a citywide phenomenon, Maru led the way. Such was demand that it soon opened a dining room upstairs, with a couple of dozen seats and a charcoal grill in the center. Apart from the emphasis on wine, it ...

At Dhaba India, the griddle occupies pride of place in front of the kitchen. Half the pleasure of placing your order is being able to watch the chefs at work as they prepare, pour and expertly tend to the dosa.

Set up by a long-established liquor store, it was one of the first tachinomi in Tokyo to offer wine and a good range of tapas-style snacks. Despite the out-of-the-way location, it's always packed -- not surprising given the affordable wine prices.

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