It’s always a pleasure to revisit a favorite haunt after a gap of a couple of years, and even more so to discover that it’s just as good as ever. In the case of Sasano, that doesn’t just mean premium sake and fine quality provender — after all, those are the sine qua non of any self-respecting izakaya these days — but a more generalized sense that here is a place that continues to be special.

Contributing to this impression that you have stumbled into somewhere well beyond the run-of the-mill is the feeling of satisfaction generated by actually managing to find the place. Sasano is one of those discreet little Tokyo establishments that you’d never stumble across without inside information and wouldn’t find your way to without precise directions.

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