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October 7th, 2009 12:00 am Kate Williams | Bar Reviews

Fill ’Er Up


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Walking into Anju (3803 N Williams Ave., 282-1063) during happy hour on a Wednesday may have not been the best time to assess its popularity. Still, given the sparse but telling reviews scattered online, it sounds like the space—the Japanese-themed “pub” is housed in the former (and possibly cursed) NoPo home of Nutshell—is usually empty. Mix in the bar’s minimalist design with a long hall of mostly deserted tables and a super-friendly waitstaff and you end up feeling bad for not ordering the entire menu. Speaking of menu, everything I tasted and sipped here was delicious. From the earthy, smoky Kasumi Tsuru Kimoto sake ($6 for a generous glass) and the oh-so-trendy satsuma sweet-potato shochu ($8—again, a generous pour) to the pleasantly briny, cucumber-decorated seaweed salad ($3) and unbeatable mushroom dumplings ($3), I felt both sated and satisfied. So come out to Anju! Come with friends! Share a bottle and several plates of food! Please, just fill up all this space!

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