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Japanese Restaurant Los Angeles

Otafuku: Find this Classic Izakaya, Hidden in Plain Sight

Otafuku owner Seiji Akutsu doesn’t exactly do a great job at promoting his izakaya. The front window is screened over, the front door is locked and you have to squint to see the name...
Japanese Restaurant Orange County

Ikko: Freestyle Japanese Izakaya in Costa Mesa [CLOSED]

Throughout the past year, I’ve slowly worked my way through Los Angeles Times food writer Linda Burum’s guide to Southern California’s top izakayas (Japanese pubs). Unfortunately, the flavor of the food doesn’t always match...
Restaurant Vancouver

Shiru-Bay Chopstick Cafe: Inventive Japanese Izakaya in Vancouver [CLOSED]

In a city saturated with Japanese restaurants, Shiru-Bay Chopstick Cafe stands out due to industrial design and inventive cuisine from 23-year-old wunderkind Kodai Uno, who grew up in his family’s kitchens. The Uno family...