Updated: March 17, 2020
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100 Kinds of Japanese Fried Chicken and Tea Drinks at 'Chawari Ginza'

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Have you had Japanese fried chicken (karaage) before? It's boneless, bite-sized, seasoned to perfection, and might just be the best fried chicken you'll ever eat. One of the best spots for karaage in Ginza is a restaurant called 'Chawari,' which serves customizable karaage and tea-based alcoholic drinks. Check it out!

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'Chawari Ginza' inside 're:Dine Ginza'

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'Chawari' is an interesting restaurant offering a simple yet customizable menu of Japanese fried chicken (karaage) and tea-based alcoholic drinks (ochawari).
The tea drinks can be ordered from any combination of 10 different teas and 10 alcohols, with 100 possible concoctions. The fried chicken, too, can be ordered from 10 different cuts of chicken or duck meat combined with 10 different seasonings, making for 100 possible combinations!

The restaurant already has 2 successful restaurants in other parts of Tokyo, and the Ginza location inside of 're:Dine Ginza' is the newest addition.
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The alcoholic tea drinks at Chawari can be made from shochu, Okinawan 'awamori,' gin, rum, brandy, whiskey, honey whiskey, cassis, amaretto, or Suze (French liqueur). The alcohol can be cut with any of 10 artisan teas: hojicha (roasted green tea), genmaicha(green tea with toasted rice), corn tea, Turkish black tea, yuzu sencha (citrus green tea), green Earl Grey, blue sencha, karigane tea (twig green tea), premium single-origin green, and cascara tea (coffee bean husk tea). While mixing tea and alcohol may seem odd, it's actually not all that uncommon in Japan and is surprisingly tasty!
There are a possible 100 combinations to try, and it's fun to experiment and find new favorite drinks.
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The basic chawari drinks using shochu are just ¥500, and the prices vary based on which tea and which alcohol you choose. Most of the liquors add just 50 yen to the price, and the most expensive tea adds 150 yen to the price. In any case, the most expensive combination is still only 750 yen, meaning you can try several drinks without breaking the bank.

100 Types of Japanese Fried Chicken!

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The Japanese fried chicken (karaage) at Chawari is outstanding! Most places only offer one or two kinds of karaage, but Chawari has a total of 100 possible combinations! Choose from 9 different cuts of chicken meat from juicy thigh meat to cartilage to wings or choose duck breast for a super-premium karaage!

For flavoring, you can choose from the following options: plain, garlic soy sauce, pickled plum, wasabi, yuzukosho (spicy citrus), curry, red, green, vinegar, or corriander!

The outside is beautifully crispy and the inside is moist and flavorful. each boneless bite is so tasty that you don't even need to add any extra sauce or seasoning. Try each cut of meat to see the difference in flavor and texture and see which flavoring you like the best!
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For a Casual and Interesting Place to Grab Some Drinks in Ginza, Check Out Chawari!

Chawari is an excellent and affordable spot to grab some truly Japanese-style drinks and munchies. Plus, since it's located inside re:Dine Ginza, it's also possible to order more substantial food such as ramen or seafood if you end up wanting some dinner!
Check out Chawari next time you're in Ginza.
DeLong
I live in west Tokyo and spend most of my time thinking about food or going bouldering.

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