Top 5 menus at Izakaya

Izakaya is a bar, bistro in Japanese style. In Japan, men and women, young and old, even children at times go to Izakaya. Salary men (Japanese white collar workers) gather after their long hours to socialise each other, talking things that they cannot talk in the office.

Here are top 5 menus at Izakayas.

1. Edamame

Edamame is a baby soy bean, boiled in the hot water. People order Edamame first while thinking what they should order. “Toriaezu Edamame” meaning  “Well, let's have Edamame first ” is the first word after saying “Toriaezu bi-ru” or “Well, let's have beer first” to stard drinking.

2. Sashimi

Sashimi is raw fish. The level of Izakaya is well determined by the quality of Sashimi that they offer. Though all may look alike, but the difference of quality is evident, and because this is the most expensive, and special for Japanese, people are very much concerned about the freshness, and the beauty of the dish.

3. Yakitori

Yakitori or Grilled Chiken is the most popular among many side dishes at Izakaya. There are even Izakayas specialized only for Yakitori. They are called “Yakitori-ya”, a synonym of Iazakaya. After being charcoal broiled, they are  either dipped in a special sauce or sprinkeled with a little bit of salt. The competition is so keen that each Yakitori-ya claims the quality of chicken ant the taste of sauce. When people lose a gambling, they say “I'm Yakitoried” or a “became a good bait by the others”.

4. Kara-age

Kara-age is a general word for deep-fried foods, but mostly used to mean a fried chicken. Chicken meat is seasoned and coated with batter before deep fried. A thing alike is Tempura, also coated with batter and deep-fried, but not seasoned, and instead eaten after being dipped in a special sauce. Also a childrens favorite.

5. Gyoza

Gyoza is a Japanese dumpling. Originaly it is a Chinese dish, but was transfered to Japan by the people who retreated back from China after the war. As many other dishes of forein origin, Gyoza was also elaborated in a Japanese style and has obtained a Japanese citizenship, or even behaves as a king among many other dishes of menu of Izakaya. Be careful if you have a business meeting or a date the following day, because it contains garlic.

If you are interested to taste some or all of the above in a friendly atmosphere of Izakaya and to get mixed with locals,   please refer to my tour, Walking night tour in the heart of Tokyo .

 

 

 

 

Did you like my article?

You can send me a message to get a customized itinerary and quotation for an unforgettable experience.

I'll be waiting for you, so please check my profile and get your trip plan now

Tours By Guide

Walking Evening Tour in the heart of Tokyo

Tokyo
3 hours

The charm of Tokyo does not end after the evening falls, but it becomes even more brilliant at night. Here you have a choice of visiting some of the prominent night life zones, not necessarily high end, but more casual places where workers gather after their long day. If you a fan of Izakaya, we may be able to jump in at one of those and feel as if you became a Japanese business warrior.

FROM$94/ per group

Last Minutes Temple Tour in Narita

Narita
3 hours

You have only three hours in Narita? Are you on transit at Narita? Don't waste your valuable time here. You can spend an unforgettable experience within your timelimit. Only a few minutes from the airport, there is this middle age buddhitst temple of Shinsho-ji. I, a native guide of this area, can explain all about this interesting temple. Let's go visit there together!

FROM$94/ per group

One-day Private Customized Tour to Mt. Fuji

Mount Fuji
8 hours

For everybody in Japan, Mt.Fuji is something special, not only for its beauty but more as a spiritural thing. Especially in spring, the beauty is stunning with cherry blossoms in bloom.This is a tour to go see and feel Mt. Fuji in one day, where you can enjoy the beauty of this devine mountain, also to taste typical local cuisine for lunch.

FROM$252/ per group

Safe and Easy Transport from Narita to your Hotel

Narita
3 hours

Narita airport is located 60km away from Tokyo, too costry to go by taxi (30k yen or even more), too complicated to go by public transportation system (many lines operated by different companies, tickets not always compatible, few signs in English etc. ). No worry any more. I can take you safely to you hotel.

FROM$94/ per group

Transport sans souci de l'aeroport jusqu'à l'hôtel à Tokyo

Narita
3 hours

L'aeroport de Narita est situé 60km de la centre ville deTokyo, trop cher pour aller avec un taxi (environ 30k yen), trop compliqué à aller avec les transportations commun (beaucoup de lignes, peu de signes en anglas etc) . Pas besoin de souci. Je vous emmènerai à votre hôtel.

FROM$94/ per group

Half day private Tour of Edo-wonderland in Narita

Narita
4 hours

Near Narita airport, there is a hidden Edo-wonderland where you can experience a real Edo-life and local food. Because it is located near Narita airport, you can take maximum benefit of your time . Just spare short hours with me before or after your journey in Japan. As a native guide to this area, I wish to share this precious moment with you.

FROM$126/ per group

Plan your trip to Tokyo with Yoshihisa O.

Chat with a local tour guide who can help organize your trip.

Send Message