EAT: Izakaya Style
Japanese food continues to boom in popularity as we discover there’s more to Japan than raw fish and ramen, and as we head into 2018 it’s izakaya, or Japanese ‘pub grub’, that’s set to pick up where sushi left off. Similar to Spanish tapas, these casual tasting plates packed full of flavour are served in izakayas, or gastro-pubs, throughout Japan.
Eat izakaya and expect to swap your maki rolls and sashimi for yakitori skewers steeped in miso sake glaze, plum-stuffed onigiri rice balls and endless varieties of gyoza. And if you can’t wait for Japan’s tastiest plates to reach a restaurant near you, you can always try your hand and making your own – here are 15 recipes to get you started.