DevilCraft: Beer on Tap and Chicago Pizza in the heart of Tokyo

plroybal By plroybal, 28th Jul 2013 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/5ru1kt8j/
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A review of the Chicago pizza restaurant in Tokyo, Devil Craft.

Where is it?

Stepping out onto the road from the exit of Kanda station, you’d feel slightly crestfallen at the lack of bright lights, bustling people and arcades that Tokyo is renowned for. You make your way down the street, past a pizza place, a small Sukiya restaurant, every now and then passing someone on the not-so-busy-road. Then you reach DevilCraft. It isn’t noisy, but it catches your eye instantly. The traditional sliding doors separate the outside world and the busy bar, and the warm buzz of a promising restaurant.
My own experience involved just this. Many parts of Tokyo, such as Ikebukuro, Roppongi, Shinjuku and Shibuya, are well-known for being cyber cities – lights everywhere, people at every turn, something interesting and eye-catching wherever you look. Kanda was like any street anywhere. However, after sliding the door to DevilCraft across and stepping inside, the atmosphere changed instantly.
With a bar on the right, five or six people sitting around it and the bartender doing his business, and more seats on the left, there isn’t much space to move. But instead of being intruding, it’s somewhat cosy. Two things to remember at this point – the staff can speak English as well as Japanese, and in addition, you have to make a reservation. I’ve made this mistake twice now, and had to wait up to half an hour for a seat.

The Menu

The menu is how I like it – simple, precise, and not too crowded with hundreds of dishes. There are Chicago-style pizzas such as the ‘Meatzza’, ‘Devil Daddy’ and ‘Eden’ ranging from 1000 yen to 1700 yen for a personal and 2000 to 3400 for a large. Alternatively there are Premium Classic pizzas such as ‘The Greek’, ‘BBQ Chicken’ and ‘Brimstone’, ranging from 1800 yen to 2200 yen. Snacks, appetisers and desserts are also offered.
I chose the BBQ chicken wings and shared them with my partner, which were well worth the 800 yen, with ‘Spicy Classic’ sauce. I can assure you it’s rather difficult to look feminine and sophisticated whilst tucking into a delicious bowl of sauce-covered, succulent chicken, but it was so delicious I adopted the ‘who cares, no one’s watching’ approach, relaxed, and enjoyed.

The pizza

I ordered a personal Devil Works. Truthfully, half a personal pizza should fill you up nicely if you’ve had a side, such as potato chips or chicken wings, and a beer or two. Half of the Devil Works (which, laid with olives, mushrooms, pepperoni, peppers, spinach and more, was nothing short of spectacular), was enough with chicken wings, and a pint or two or three of the beer on tap.

The Beer

Now, the beer at DevilCraft is, I believe, the secret to its success. The range of beers is constantly changing, each presented with its country of origin and a short description of the balance, ingredients and taste. Not being a huge fan nor an expert on beer, I immediately ordered ‘the girliest one you have’, perhaps not the best way to order, but it certainly got me what I wanted.
I ended up with this: half a pint of the Hideji AYA Crimson (600 yen). I suppose I always thought of beer as a ‘man drink’ – bitter, dark, strong, heavy. However, I entered DevilCraft with an open mind, hoping to find something to suit my taste.
Hideji AYA Crimson is, most certainly, beer. It has the frothy, bitter taste, but Crimson in particular was mingled with a pleasant sweetness, one I enjoyed so much that I swiftly ordered another half shortly after my Devil Works pizza.
The beer on tap changes every day, which is incredible – are there really so many beers in the world? I felt slightly abash at my realised ignorance at the vast range of beer available worldwide – as well as surprised and pleased that I could learn so much from a restaurant.

The Downsides

Of course, DevilCraft isn’t perfect. The pizza, although delicious, was served slightly cold, and I can’t say I was a fan of the waffle cut fried potatoes, 400 yen. However, this slight hiccup won’t stop me from visiting again and again, for the food and beer are both truly delicious. DevilCraft is certainly popular, as each time I have been there it has been too busy to get an immediate seat, and definitely has the niche in the market in Japan to become even more successful.


DevilCraft Website
http://en.devilcraft.jp/
Business Hours
17:00-23:30 Monday-Friday
15:00-23:30 Saturday
15:00-22:00 Sunday and National holidays
How to Get There
Kanda is on the JR Yamanote, the JR Keihin Tohoku Line, the Chuo Line (Rapid) and the Tokyo Metro Ginza Line. It is a two-minute walk from Kanda station south exit. More info can be found at http://en.devilcraft.jp/map/

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author avatar Johnny Knox
28th Jul 2013 (#)

Nice review. The food seems delicious.

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author avatar Delicia Powers
5th Aug 2013 (#)

Sounds like a great place and worth the wait...thanks pmreid.

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author avatar egavin
26th Sep 2013 (#)

My fiance has a pizza restaurant in Japan but it's more Italian original. I'll have to send them over to Devil Craft to check theirs out, sounds delicious! Great article too.

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