Customer: One espresso please.
Chef: I’m very sorry but we don’t have an espresso machine. We have beer, or white or red wine.
Customer: Isn’t this an Italian restaurant? I lived in Italy for six years and was always served an espresso after a meal.
Chef: This is an izakaya … in Japan.
— Jiyugaoka, Meguro-ku, Tokyo. Overheard by The Japan Times On Sunday
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