Friday, March 4, 2011


An Izakaya style meal consists of many small plates shared between a larger group, kind of like "tapas" in the latin world. However, in the traditional scene of Japan, "i" means "to sit" and "sakaya" means "sake shop" = the main goal is to drink while munching on "snacks." However, in America, since we are all fatties, most people like me's first priority is to eat first and drink on the side.

I have been to many great Izakaya places in Hawaii and San Francisco. Here are some of my favs: In Hawaii - Tokkuri-Tei, Izakaya Nonbei; In San Francisco - Oyaji, Sanuki Udon, and last but not least...

Izakaya Sozai
(The food below shared between 4)

bacon wrapped mochi

hamachi sashimi

monkfish karaage


unagi (Japanese eel) with green tea salt

spicy ahi on rice cake

tonkotsu (pork) ramen

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