Because Dave had 50 free mugs of biiru and we care for his liver (and we like drinking!), we went him to Izakaya Kikufuji!
An izakaya is a type of Japanese drinking establishment which also serves food to accompany the drinks. They are casual places for after-work drinking. (Thanks, Wiki!) Telling you this so you won’t be clueless like me. :p
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Me: Asan nga tayo uli? Kikufuji or Izakaya Kikufuji?
Dave: (frowns) Izakaya is a type of Japanese resto…
Me: Sabi ko nga.
I usually go here for sashimi. You can’t go wrong with any of their sashimis. My favorites are eel and tuna. We had tuna and salmon that night. If you are reluctant in eating raw chunks of fish, you might wanna try their spicy tuna salad first. The fish is still raw but there’s mayo and chili to distract you from the rawness. :p
Had some yakiniku too for pulutan. The first that we had was what Dave calls boring-looking-beef-chunks-but-tastes-very-delicious. Up to now, I still do not know the Japanese name for this as Dave’s name for it is the one stuck in my head.
Other skewered items we had were bacon, mushroom, chicken insides (cartilage ba ‘yon, basta masarap), asparagus and Japanese peppers. I enjoyed everything especially the boring-looking-beef-cubes and the bacon-wrapped asparagus!
Sayang nakalimutan ko magpagawa ng bacon-wrapped bacon.
Wanted to get the unadon (unagi in sweet sauce + rice) but I was already full from the sashimi and beer. I gave Enzo a judging look when he ordered mixed tempura. I felt guilty about giving that look because I couldn’t resist and also ate one of the ebi tempuras. Hihihi.
Had no space for miso soup after that though.
The boys talked about ghosts and aliens while finishing their beers while I stared at my mug wondering what happened why I can only drink 4 mugs at most.
The place is usually packed during lunch and dinner. The photo below (with Dave and Enzo sitting down) was taken almost 11pm. The place closes at 10:00pm. last call at 9:30pm.
What’s great about Izakaya Kikufuji besides the great affordable food is a lot of their customers are Japanese! Surely they won’t eat their native cuisine here if it doesn’t taste like (or close to it) what they have back home!
The place looks a bit old but still looks charming, just like the rest of Little Tokyo.
There’s a photo of us posing like Japanese (me doing the V sign and the boys doing some Voltes 5 pose) but I shall spare you from seeing that. [^_^]
2277 Pasong Tamo, Makati
// listening to The Notorious B.I.G. -Party and Bullshit