Last week, I took another trip to 246 Common in Omotesando, where I had a gorgeous bowl of Okinawan stewed pork belly (rafute) served over rice. There were two pieces of pork — the meat on one piece was well-marbled with fat, while the other looked like a tea sandwich featuring a couple of layers of meat sandwiched between fat. A lot of folks will probably be turned off by the fattiness, but if you don’t have a problem with it, you’ll be richly rewarded with some amazing tasting pork. Two thumbs up!
You can get the rafute set (which includes soup and a side of macaroni salad) for 900 yen at the Ama Tempura-ya food stall, which also doubles as purveyor of a brand of Japanese craft beer called August Beer. There are several types to choose from including light and dark pilsners, an IPA, and a dunkel. I got the dunkel, which was rich and delicious.
I also checked out another stall called Taiyo to Ame (太陽と雨), which means Sun and Rain, that makes a delicious meat pie stuffed with beef, shitake mushrooms, and maitake mushrooms inside a crispy crust. It’s served with a vinegary tomato-based sauce, mashed potatoes, s very small side of green leaf salad, pickled carrots and radishes, and a small cup of creamy soup. Taiyo and Ame also serves craft beer in bottles, including stuff from popular microbrewery Coedo.
Rafute, meat pies, and Japanese craft beer — three more reasons why you should hang out at 246 Common!246 Common Location: 3-13 Minami-Aoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo Business Hours: Generally open seven days a week from 11:00am-10:00pm. However, stores/food stalls keep their own hours. Check the 246 Common website to see who is open on a particular day (in Japanese). Getting There: Take the Tokyo Metro to Omotesando (Ginza, Chiyoda, or Hanzomon lines) to Omotesando station. Take the A4 exit and turn right, walking to the intersection of Route 413 and 246. Turn right again onto Route 246 and walk about two minutes. 246 Common is on the right, an open lot populated with small shacks and trailers among the multistory buildings.