Okariba was a bit out of the way to find. We paired the trip for dinner with a walk of the path of philosophers which is just a few blocks away. We had dinner on the early side, so customers were sparse when we arrived. The restaurant has a rustic and unique interior.
The chef/owner warmly welcomed us and we began an adventurous night of food and drinks. We had the shinshu specialty set which included a variety of pickled vegetables and crunchy grasshoppers. All delicious! We continued with the wild boar skewers, a variety of grilled vegetables, a whole grilled trout. We loved the boar and veggies; the grilled trout was heavy on the roe, but still cooked wonderfully. As we drank our beer and sake at the end of the meal, the owner brought out his homemade sakes for us to try.
I won’t spoil the fun with too many details, but the various sakes were all infused with a variety of creatures. Definitely an experience with some strong sake! He finally offered us glasses of monkey piss with a mischievous smirk and laugh. Strangely it tasted more of plum wine... We obliged and ended the delightful adventure with our warm host. Overall, we had great food, many laughs, and an experience to remember!
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