Izakaya is a Japanese term that refers to a type of informal, casual dining establishment where people can enjoy drinking and socialising with friends, family, or even by themselves. These places typically offer a wide variety of food options to accompany the drinks, ranging from traditional Japanese dishes to fusion cuisine.
A Japanese Izakaya is a bit like a British pub
In Japan, izakayas can be found all over any city, and they are just as prevalent as pubs in England. They are often known for their laid-back atmosphere, where customers can relax, chat, and unwind after a long day.
One unique aspect of izakayas is that as long as the food is good, the chefs are free to serve any kind of food. This often leads to a creative menu with unique offerings that mix and match ingredients from different cuisines to create original dishes.
For example, Akari director Yutaro’s local izakaya in Japan prepared Japanese-style lamb chops during one of his visits. Although it was not on the menu and was specially prepared for him, the other customers saw the dish and wanted to try it, which led to it becoming a popular dish.
In some ways, izakayas can be compared to English pubs, which also offer casual dining and a relaxed atmosphere. However, izakayas are often known for their more extensive food menus (see our new menu announcement here) and emphasis on pairing food with drinks, particularly sake.
The Akari food and atmosphere is unique
While our menu may not be as familiar to some customers as other Japanese restaurants, we encourage everyone to give it a try and experience the unique flavours and atmosphere that izakayas offer.
In addition to casual dining and socialising, izakayas are also a popular venue for events such as birthday parties, Christmas parties, and even post-game celebrations for sports fans. Our izakaya has hosted all of these events and more, including customers who come to relax with a beer and a copy of their favourite magazine at our sushi bar.
Overall, izakayas offer a unique and fun dining experience that is not quite like anything else. So whether you’re looking to unwind after work, catch up with friends, or celebrate a special occasion, we invite you to come and enjoy the full Izakaya experience at Akari. Book a table with us here.