Kin-no-saru looks and feels well above the average, but it's actually quite affordable. It's also very approachable, thanks to the crew of young waiters, who are friendly and well informed about the menu. For that reason it seems to attract a varied demographic, not just young folks on dates and gaggles of young women but also family groups and mature couples.
Kin-no-saru: In any season, a park-side classic
Name (J) 金の猿
Dinner price range
¥5,000 or more
Good sake and inventive modern Japanese cuisine at affordable prices -- plus that great location.
Drinks Beer 680 yen; sake from 800 yen/tokkuri; shochu and umeshu from 600 yen/glass; wine from 750 yen/glass; 3,600 yen/bottle
Number of seats 90 (depending on the season)
BGM Cool jazz
Smoking No smoking
Inokashira Parkside Bldg., 1-21-1 Minami-cho Kichijoji, Musashino-shi, Tokyo
Daily 12-3:30 p.m. (last order 2 p.m.) & 5:30-11:30 p.m. (last order 10 p.m.; Sunday & holidays last order 9:30 p.m.)
Cash, Credit Card
Transport Leave the JR station by the Park Exit, take the escalators down to street level and continue straight ahead. Cross the main street and take the narrow street down the right side of the Marui store. Kin-no-saru is on the left just before the entrance to Inokashira Park.