After we returned from Guam, we had eaten so much American food that Boo-chan wanted to eat something Japanese. I didn’t feel like sushi so we decided to randomly go to an izakaya in Shibuya called Izakaya Ikkyu (居酒屋一休). An Izakaya is similar to a Spanish tapas bar. It is a Japanese drinking establishment that serves food that is shared with everyone.
Anywhere you go, you can find izakayas. We didn’t have to even look, and there were people in the streets trying to pull you into their establishments at a discounted rate. There are many cheap chain izakayas and of course more expensive fashionable ones too. I hadn’t been to Ikkyu since I was in university, and for some reason we decided to go there.
There were so many drinking university parties going on–it is still GW. This izakaya is really big, with large private rooms and many different halls and semi-private booths. We sat close by a small group of about 10 guys and girls. At first it was normal but then suddenly it got WAY too loud. But as Boo-chan and I both remember being young and having fun drinking and playing games, so we couldn’t complain.
1. Boo-chan ordered a Beer and nibbled on edamame (soy beans) as he flipped through the menu. All izakayas give otoshi, which is like a small appetizer that they charge for. Their otoshi was edamame. 2. I ordered Casis Soda (カシス ソーダ). This is my fav drink, its a berry flavored liquor.
We began with a Crunchy Daikon Salad (バリバリ大根サラダ). It was sliced daikon with corn flakes on top–which kinda looked strange but tasted good. It was topped with nori and a seasame seed dressing.
I’m obsessed with fried squid legs, so I had to order them (ゲソ唐揚げ). It was served with a lemon wedge and mayonnaise. I disliked the mayo but Boo-chan likes it, but I love the squid legs.
We had 10 Assorted Skewers (串焼き10本盛り合わせ). This was filled filled with pork, chicken and innards.
The table next to us was getting rowdy, and it was funny watching these drunk young guys trying to impress the girls. Watching them interact was interesting nonetheless, but it was too noisy and I couldn’t hear myself speak. The waiter noticed this and quickly asked us to move seats. I was pleasantly surprised that they were so observant, and happy to change seats. They also felt bad that we had to change seats and gave us a free order of potato wedges (ポテトフライ). This was so unusual for an izakaya but I was impressed.
Next 2 Chicken Skewers (若鶏串) came out. They were very tender and delicious.
Boo-chan ordered the Grilled Maguro Kama (マグロかま焼き). It was served with grated daikon. We splashed a dash of soy sauce on the daikon. Very yummy!
Fried Cheese Raviolis (チーズ入りミニパイ包み) which was served with ketchup. I was just so happy to see raviolis I ordered this immediately. It was okay, but I wish there was more cheese inside.
Snow Crab Meat and Brains (カニみそ). The crab meat was sweet, but the brain tasted a little too fishy for me. But mixed with the lettuce it tasted better.
Fatty Tuna Sashimi (本マグロ大トロ刺身). This was very good.
Pork Wrapped Asparagus (アスパラ豚巻き串). I think I like it better wrapped in bacon rather then pork but it was still tasty.
I was satisfied with our din din. It definitely brought back random college memories. And was nice to eat a variety of small dishes.What kinda restaurants or bars did you frequent when you were young?
ms fancy pants tokyo
- Izakaya Ikkyu (居酒屋一休)
- 13-8 Udagawacho, Shibuya-ku Tokyo
- 8F Chitose Hall
- Mon-Sun 16:00-1:00am