Here is a place that shows it's possible to take the concept of an "ethnic" izakaya and make it interesting and relevant. The food is above average and served promptly. The wait staff is young, but friendly, well-trained and always on the ball.
Lime: Sublime fare, out of the blue
Name (J) 銀座ライム
Dinner price range
¥3,000 - ¥5,000
Pan-Asian izakaya fare with style and poise
The unwieldy teakwood chopsticks
Drinks Beer (Asahi Super Dry) ¥620; cocktails ¥680; wine from ¥580/glass, ¥3,000/bottle
Number of seats 82
BGM Harmonious (and very unobtrusive) contemporary beats
Smoking No smoking
Ginza Corridor 2F, 7-2 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
5 p.m.-4:00 a.m. (last order 3:00 a.m.); Saturday and Sunday 5-11:30 p.m. (last order 10:30 p.m.)
Cash, Credit Card
Transport Take Exit 5 of the Shinbashi subway station and walk in the direction of Ginza. After going under the expressway, take the street curving off to the left (Ginza-Korido-dori). The entrance to Lime is just after Hub (an ersatz British pub).