Open-Air Dining in Winter? This Tokyo Restaurant Has a Toasty Solution!

  • During summer nights in Japan, it is a common scene to watch people dining outside while drinking beer on terraces. However, this is not the case during the winter season. Most people prefer dining indoors or at home due to the freezing temperatures. This is not the case anymore for a Tokyo restaurant called Bane Bagus which has discovered a way of creating open-air dining with the use of a heater.

    The New Idea


    When the colder season arrived in Japan, Bane Bagus’ Akasaka branch tossed out all the chairs. Instead, they are replaced with tatami mats with each table having a heater called “kotatsu.” The heat source of the kotatsu is built onto the table itself which will surely warm the guests while dining. In addition to this, the whole place is also heated using space heaters. These are generally employed in smaller spaces. In case of bad weather, an overhead covering is available for customers so that they may continue dining. It will give diners the ultimate feeling of a winter getaway in a hot spring.

    The Menu


    With the exposure to cold air, guests will definitely want to eat something warm. The restaurant’s open-air dining offers nabe, also known as hot-pot cooking, on its terrace. This is a type of hotpot or soup that is widely eaten during the cold season. It is a fun way to dine with family and friends as they are given the option to pick any cooked ingredients from the pot. Of course, refreshments like oranges is a traditional way of ending the course which is given after the meal. If you want to request for a blanket, you may do so. It will make guests even more toasty while chatting the evening away.

    Bane Bagus is will surely become equally popular in the winter days as it is during summer in Japan. With its new open-air dining trend, diners will surely have a hard time leaving the place.

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