A sake bar that takes its inspiration from New York.
Ogu Ogu dishes out all the Japanese basics from tempura and sushi to katsu curry alongside some slightly more Western-leaning salads. Get there during 5-7pm for the daily happy hour specials. The setting takes no little inspiration from New York, filled with hanging wires, lamps and wooden furnishings. Ogu actually dubs itself a sake bar rather than a restaurant, and those who'd like to raise a glass in a polished atmosphere will fnd much to love.
Ogu Ogu dishes out all the Japanese basics from tempura and sushi to katsu curry alongside some slightly more Western-leaning salads. While appealing, the results aren’t earth-shattering—but that’s not to say this place isn’t noteworthy. Ogu Ogu comes with a rough, almost industrial décor; elegant, modern-revisited furniture; and impeccable service. It’s also fairly affordable for lunch (mains from B290), when some dishes can be as much as B400 cheaper than at night. Finally, you’d be hard pressed to find a more elegant setting to shout “campai” after work: the dim lighting and particle board walls give off plenty of warmth while the black tubular steel lighting fixtures and the skewed panes of glass of the Park Ventures tower bring a harder edge. Unfortunately, we’re not quite so impressed with the food. A dish like the wagyu tataki (B420) feels a tad dry and lacking in flavor for what is supposed to be fatty, melt-in-your-mouth beef. The flat dashi broth for the tempura udon (B270) lets down its plump, well-prepared shrimp. And despite being equally fresh, the middle-of-the-road chirashi don (B950) proves that great raw fish also depends on cut and variety. Even the spicy kick in their signature volcano rolls (B390) fails to really lift the spirits. While Ogu Ogu is clearly not one for Japanese food fanatics, those who’d like to raise a glass in a polished atmosphere will find much to love. Get there during 5-7pm when three draft beers are B390 or, even better, order the three different sake (B550 for three 150ml carafes, B990 after 7pm) served with nibbles like lotus chips and edamame; a great introduction to their lengthy and well annotated sake list. We also like their martinis (B250), which still taste like the real deal, despite the addition of creative ingredients like yuzu sake. In short, Ogu Ogu is a top spot for those occasions when celebrating in style takes precedence over finding that perfect cut of toro.Corkage charge B500.