Ochawari is a Japanese beverage that combines tea and alcohol. Typically, it’s made by mixing tea with carbonated water or plain water, often served with ice. This allows for a delightful fusion of the flavors and qualities of both tea and alcohol. Blending Japan’s traditional tea culture with its love for alcoholic beverages, Ochawari offers a diverse range of tastes and has gained popularity among various demographics.
Chawari is located just a 3-minute walk from Tokyu Toyoko Line’s Gakugeidaigaku Station. This Ochawari specialty shop, which opened in 2016, has garnered attention for offering 100 varieties of tea splits and 100 types of fried chicken. The signature feature of Chawari is its selection of 100 tea splits. Customers can freely combine 1 type of tea from a selection of 10 teas and 1 type of alcohol from a selection of 10 liquors, resulting in a total of 100 possible combinations. This unique menu was developed exclusively by Chawari.
The range of 10 teas includes various options such as hojicha (roasted green tea), Earl Grey, yuzu-infused green tea, and honey lemon matcha. The alcohol selection offers a diverse range including shochu, gin, brandy, cassis, and rum. Particularly recommended is the original liqueur called “Rimon Chiaro.” It is made by infusing tea leaves and lemon peels into Spirytus, a high-proof spirit considered one of the strongest in the world, and mixing it with granulated sugar syrup. It’s suggested to pair this with a unique black lemon oolong tea base.
Similarly to the tea splits, the 100 varieties of fried chicken offer a mix-and-match approach. Customers can select from 10 different parts such as thigh, breast, tenderloin, and duck breast, and 10 different seasonings including garlic soy sauce, yuzu pepper, plum, and wasabi.
The menu includes a variety of dishes, such as traditional Japanese home-cooked dishes made from seasonal ingredients, all of which are perfect for pairing with tea splits. They also offer dishes that incorporate tea, like the “Sweet Potatoes in Japanese Black Tea,” which features domestically-produced powdered black tea as an ingredient.
The interior of the shop exudes a calming atmosphere with the warmth of wood. It’s a place where people of all genders and ages can comfortably enjoy their meals.
Address: 2F, 2-20-19 Takaban, Meguro-ku, Tokyo
Opening hours: 7pm-3am
Open seven days a week