Our next event in our "Food and Culture" series is an experience that one must definitely not miss when visiting (the city that never sleeps) Tokyo.
As the sun goes down and the roar of another bustling day begins to soften, along the winding streets and corners of the city, the glow of the lanterns of the Izakaya begin to turn on, inviting you to the refreshing comforts of a drink and freshly prepared food, for this is only the start of a magical entertaining night before another bustling day of work.
Izakaya are Japanese pubs. They vary greatly in style, price, menu and atmosphere. Approximately 1 out of every 5 restaurants in Japan can be considered an izakaya. People in Japan don't commonly have house parties, dinner parties or backyard barbecues. Coworkers, friends and social clubs use izakaya as a venue for get-togethers and social interactions.
Our choice of venue is Izakaya Daikaya, in Chinatown where the interior decor has authentic Japanese aesthetics—an emphasis on natural wood, with traditional patterns on the front window and the vibe is casual, friendly, relaxed yet vibrant as diners gather for a social evening of conversations around drinks and small plates of food.
The cuisine is freestyle and adaptive in nature as in Japan where each izakaya puts in an own touch to their menu items. Some popular starters are the grilled Gouda-stuffed shishito peppers or fried turkey wings dusted with ginger, garlic, and scallions that are a great companion to a few rounds of sake, and traditional items like miso-braised mackerel or a type of frozen salmon sashimi from Hokkaido that literally melts in your mouth after you dip it in tamari soy sauce. More common are Chef Fukushima’s riffs on his native cuisine, like oysters grilled with sake and house-made oyster salt, chawanmushi (an egg custard) with shiitake mushrooms and Parmesan, and crab croquettes spiked with Old Bay seasoning.
A Traditional custom at an Izakaya
When you sit down at an izakaya in Japan, you may be given some small dishes before you order anything. Called "otoshi" or "tsuki-dashi," these are part of a Japanese custom to supply small appetizers before customers order; in no way are you being forced to order these. These are part of the cover charge which is added to your bill at the end of the meal. You can also judge the character and atmosphere of the restaurant's food from the contents of the otoshi.
So join in for an evening of casual, fun exploration of Japanese Food and Culture and sharing your own Food, Culture and Travel experiences with others from our group.
Please note that spots are limited and late cancellations or no shows would be difficult to manage, so we are going to have a refundable * $10 RSVP charge. The amount will be given back to you, when you attend this event.
* If you have attended 2 or more events with us and have not had frequent last minute cancellations, you need not pay the $ 10. Just leave a comment and I will add you to the event.