Hands up if you love yakitori!!! If you do (and who doesn’t really – it’s grilled meat on sticks…) then IZAYAKA YEBISU is the place for you. It’s a traditional izakaya-style Japanese restaurant, which means it has many small dishes on the menu that are designed to share. Perfect if you want to try loads of food! It also specialises in yakitori. In fact, there’s a whole yakitori section on the menu to choose from! Speaking of the menu, it’s literally the biggest thing ever. It’s double sided and has tiny font, which meant that we had such a difficult time choosing what we wanted!
(Oh, and you can have a quick look at my previous yakitori jaunts in Sydney here, here and here as well! Plus there’s some epic yakitori that I keep going back to in Hong Kong.)
Here’s what we ate:
We ended up choosing one of the specials, the Fluffy steamed egg ($11.80). I was expecting something like a chawanmushi, but this was a chawanmushi on steroids! It came in a huge bowl and was filled with all sorts of goodies, including mushrooms and bamboo shoots. It was also steaming hot, which may not have been the best choice for an extremely warm night. Cue – steamed egg sweats!
I also love it when restaurants make it easy for you and offer a mixed plate of food. For example, the Today’s Sushi Entree ($19.80) added an omakase-like element to our meal, allowing the chef to choose whatever he thought appropriate for our sushi entree. We got a mix of nigiri and sushi rolls, which left just enough room for us to dive into our yakitori mixed plate.
If it’s your first time having yakitori or you’re just stumped on what to get, I’d go with the Today’s assorted yakitori – 10 pieces ($32.80). There’s a great selection, including the meatball and some veggies. Highly recommend!
And finally, we couldn’t go past the Washoku Lovers offer of Tempura Ice Cream ($2). Firstly, it’s a bargain! Secondly, tempura ice cream is so much better than normal fried ice cream! The batter is thin, light and crispy – not stodgy like some of the fried ice creams I’ve seen around Asian restaurants. If this isn’t a good enough incentive to join Washoku Lovers, I don’t know what is!
With a menu that big, I’m excited to go back to IZAKAYA YEBISU to try out more dishes!
SHOP 7-10, REGENTS PLACE
501 GEORGE STREET
DISCLAIMER: talk&spoon and DS were invited to Izakaya Yebisu, with special thanks to Yuri at Washoku Lovers! Opinions, however, are our own.