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It is perfectly fine. You do not even have to order an entire meal. Most restaurants will let people order just an appetizer, or desert, etc. Only once in traveling to 63 countries did I encounter a minimum order and that was in a very popular New York restaurant. We did not have to order drinks even just that the per-person order was above a minimum. You ...


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when the money was more limited, and I needed to eat something when travelling, I used to save costs by drinking my own water before entering the restaurant and order meal only. No need to do that in France: restaurants must serve water for free to their customers, as required by law (mirror 1, mirror 2). Not paying for water isn't seen as cheap, but ...


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I'm perfectly aware that restaurants generally make money on drinks, Restaurants make plenty of money on meals. Not ordering drinks or just staying with tap water (depending on country) is perfectly fine. Many people don't drink alcohol and non-alcoholic drinks are often inexpensive and not something many restaurants care too much about, especially if they ...


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The restaurant in the series is supposedly set in Shinjuku's Golden Gai, but there doesn't really appear to be anything quite like it there. However, this article (in Japanese) asserts that the actual inspiration was a real kushikatsu (fried stuff in a stick) joint called Yagura Kushikatsu in Tennoji, Osaka: 串カツ専門店 やぐら +81 6-6714-7211 https://maps.app.goo.gl/...


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Take it from one who first traveled to Japan over 50 years ago and has had good fortune to return many times.. See my photo of Yodo River in Osaka below The area of Shinjuku known as "Golden Gai" has about an 8 block labyrith of small bar/cafe's that in some cases only accomondate 8 to 10 people. Many of which are members only establishments. Other'...


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