What is Izakaya
Izakaya is a restaurant or bar offering many types of dishes, mostly cheaper than other types of restaurants.
History of Izakaya
Izakaya is said to have started during the Edo era being originally a liquor and food shop which became today’s Izakaya. Its name came from the words “Sakaya” (liquor shop) and “iru” (stay).
Kara-agé (Deep-fried chicken)
Deep fried chicken, coated with flour.
Sashimi (sliced raw fish)
Sliced raw fish, usually dipped into soy sauce.
Agedashi-tofu (Deep-fried tofu with soup)
Deep fried tofu coated in flour, with soy sauce-based soup.
Yakitori (grilled chicken)
Grilled one-bite-size chicken. The charcoal grilled one is popular.
Most Japanese order this first.
How to eat like local
Order drinks first, and choose your food order from the menu while waiting for the drinks. Once the drinks are served, cheer and start eating. The Japanese way to start drinking is by saying, “Kanpai” (cheers).
You don’t have to order everything at first. You can add orders whenever you want.
Most Japanese order carbon hydrated food last as “shime”, meaning “end”, such as rice, ramen, and soba. For ramen, they go to ramen restaurant after.
Aside from Izakaya, chain stores also have today’s menus and most are local foods. You may be able to find today’s menu on separate paper, poster on wall, or blackboard.
Most of Izakaya may cost you around 3,000 – 5,000 JPY.
A number of Sen-Bero bars are gradually increasing in big city. Sen-Bero is abbreviation of words Sen (thousand) and bero (buzz), meaning “to get drunk with only 1,000 JPY”.
It’s simple and standing style of Izakaya where you can enjoy cheap beer and sake.