The Heat Level of This Hot Pot Dish Goes All the Way Up to 9

It's guaranteed to make you sweat.

Akachiri-tei Shinjuku
1-16-4 Nishi-shinjuku, Shinjuku district, Tokyo
Contact: +81-3-3347-1415
Open from 4 p.m. to 12 a.m. (Monday, Tuesday, Sunday and public holidays) and 4 p.m. to 5 a.m. (Wednesday, Saturday, Sunday, non-fixed holidays)
How to get there: It’s 3 minutes by foot from the West Exit of Shinjuku Station JR Line or subway lines and 5 minutes by foot from the Seibu Shinjuku Line.

Red dominates the interiors of
Akachiri-tei Shinjuku—fitting as the Shinjuku-based restaurant serves spicy food that’ll make you sweat even during winter. In fact, one of their hot pot dishes, the Akachiri Nabe (¥880 for one person, inclusive of tax), has up to nine spiciness levels. Served with whole chicken meat and tofu, its spiciness is balanced by the sweetness from the 10 different vegetables such as sprouts, cabbage, and nira (chinese chives). 

If you’re not sure how much spice you can handle, you can order the hot pot at the standard spice level. Our writers first ordered the hot pot at level 2, which is the standard level for locals, before raising it to level 5. On this scale, the taste of the soup as well as the vegetables only got richer. Orders start from servings for two people.

Habanero Chicken Wings (L-R: level 1 and level 5)

If the spiciness of the
nabe is not enough for you, try the Habanero Chicken Wings (¥220 exclusive of tax). Topped with habanero chili powder, the wings have five spice levels to choose from. Make sure to use the plastic gloves provided!

Akachiri-tei Shinjuku doesn’t just serve spicy dishes. They also have other Asian cuisine, such as Vietnamese or Korean, on the menu.

The interiors are perfect for spicy-food lovers.

Spices line the shelves of the restaurant.

Before visiting this restaurant, you can check the menu items on their website, which is available in five different languages: Japanese, English, Korean, Cantonese and Mandarin. They also provide tourist-friendly services such as free Wi-Fi and USB port outlets for charging. They also have a branch in Shibuya that you can visit.

Provided by Karaksa Media Partner (8 March 2019)

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