Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Izakaya Matsuri

I really can't take credit for finding this little Japanese gem, luckily invited by somebody who knows me very well, especially to know this is my kind of place.
As much as I would love to keep it a secret, it really deserves a mention on my blog!
Interestingly, while researching I came across the meaning of an Izakaya, is a fun vibey place found all over Japan, catering to locals, friendly and social specialising in beers and small Japanese tapas style dishes which pairs with the beers. Pretty much sums up the place.

Reminding me of my travels, sourcing hidden restaurants, this one is found down a little side alley off Green Point main road, decorated with beautiful lights almost like a festival creating a great ambiance. The chef / Owner is in full view behind the bar, the ex Head Chef of the well known Tank Restaurant.

There is a board of daily specials as well as a selection of artisan beers and sake, don't miss the Bento box specials for lunch daily.
We opted for the starter platter of 5 tasting dishes to share, Edamame beans, seared tuna, calamari, Yakitori and tempura chicken, everything was delicious.

I had my usual sushi craving so I opted for my favorite tempura prawn roll and because I was already getting full, the Rock&Roll, no rice, both were really well made and crispy, a variety of dipping sauces and a good size to eat in one mouthful. My friend had his favorite the Agedashi Tofu, a fried tofu in a soy broth and a salmon and avocado salad, washed down with Saporo beer and some warm Sake made for a delectable meal. I will go back for sure!

Izakaya Matsuri
Shop 6
The Rockwell,
32 Prestwich street.
Green Point, Cape Town

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