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Ege Craft Beer & Turkish Food in Kamakura, Kanagawa

by Rob
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Ege Craft Beer & Turkish Food : The Bottom Line

I do like Ege Craft Beer & Turkish Food – it has a good range of taps and the food is bloody delicious – but you’re going to need a mortgage if you’re going to drink anything more than two pints and get some food, and that is a major downer to the place. The bar is perfectly situated across from JR Kamakura station, so the rent must be high which means the costs are passed onto the consumer – and that could be a struggle in the long term for this place. The whole place is non-smoking, has no table charge, prices include tax, and there is also some free wifi too.

Ege Craft Beer & Turkish Food : The Full Story

I had a day off and thought about going to check out some of the cherry blossoms in the Kamakura area, perhaps revisiting some craft beer places along the way. My plans seem to be going astray a lot recently as I only found out on the way down that Rudy Brew was closed, in spite of the state of emergency had been rescinded. That’s not a problem, as there are other places for me to go to I thought.

As I came up to Komachi-dori – the back road that runs parallel to the main road up to Tsurugaoka Hachimangu shrine – I noticed Ege Craft Beer & Turkish Food’s sign! Result! Not much walking to do as its right across from the station. Ege Craft Beer & Turkish Food originally opened up in September 2018, but since Covid-19 struck, it closed down. The owner then reopened the shop, adding craft beer to this menu with the hope of diversifying his clientele.

Ege Craft Beer & Turkish Food : Atmosphere & Interior

Ege Craft Beer & Turkish Food is on the third floor of a building and as such, is rather light and airy inside, especially if you’re lucky enough to get the corner seat at the bar by the window – perfect for watching the crowds walk to and from JR Kamakura station. The whole place is seating only, with about 8 seats at the counter and another 20 or so dotted at various tables around the bar. Ege Craft Beer & Turkish Food is non-smoking and also has no table charge either. There is also some free wifi too but I wasn’t sure if it was from the bar or another shop in the building.

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If you’re lucky, you might also run into the owner, who I think the place is named after. He’s a larger in life character, fluent in three different languages and more than happy to talk about everything on the menu and what is going on. However, he’s also the chef too so there may be times you’re mid-conversation and he has to dart off to do some cooking.

Ege Craft Beer & Turkish Food : Approach to Covid-19

The approach at Ege Craft Beer & Turkish Food is basic – staff are wearing masks, social distancing encouraged, and some alcohol spray as well. That’s it.

Ege Craft Beer & Turkish Food : Beer & Tap Information

Look, those prices are high – even by Kamakura standards – and that is the downside to Ege Craft Beer & Turkish Food – the prices. Though there are 8 taps, with both domestic and imports on tap, those prices are simply too much. I thought Beer Bar Lupulin in Ginza was pricey but this is at another level. There are two sizes of beer: 260 ml from 900 yen, and 473 ml from 1300 yen. I guess if you’re going to drink at Ege Craft Beer & Turkish Food then stay on the pints. The prices do include tax but there is no happy hour nor any beer flights.

Ege Craft Beer & Turkish Food : Food Information

The food at Ege Craft Beer & Turkish Food is, unsurprisingly, Turkish, and also delicious! Like the beer, it is not cheap but it is made with local ingredients where possible. The lamb kebab was massive – about 30 cms long – and spiced very nicely. The bread was freshly baked, so hot and fluffy, yet also crunchy. The menus were both in English and in Japanese, though the descriptions were mostly Japanese. There are some options for vegetarians too on the menu, in spite of the page above showing mostly meat.

Ege Craft Beer & Turkish Food : Information

Ege Craft Beer & Turkish Food : Location

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