Rating: Very good
Price: 4276 yen
Payment: Fuzzy memory, going to say no
Dishes: Whiskey, shochu, gobo tempura, avocado and tempura shrimp roll
English Menu: No
Kuriya is a nicer looking izakaya located on Dobuita street close to Shioiri. My wife and I tried to eat there the other night but were turned away due to there being a large group there already. I returned by myself and though they tried to warn me away that there was no English menu, I was able to convince them I'd be ok and they let me in. I take it they generally don't like foreigners there as they are on the same street as all the nasty bars (known by base folk as "the honch") and I can imagine they prefer to not deal with drunken sailors.
It's a pretty fancy place, with lots of different sake and shochu on the menu. I selected a whiskey to start with (Hibiki Harmony) and later had a shochu. For food I ordered the gobo root tempura and a delicious looking maki (sushi roll) that came with avocado and tempura shrimp. I was delighted to also find cherry tomatoes in there too, which was unusual but very tasty. There was a quite a bit of food in that one roll and I was plenty full afterwards.
Overall it was a very good food experience and I wouldn't mind taking people interested in a fancier izakaya experience back there (if they'll let us in).
|Avocado and tempura shrimp roll|