Issaku(一昨)

I have been to a lot of Japanese restaurants around Japan. I switched over to a tourist visa after finishing a stint as an English teacher on the JET program and ate my way from Hokkaido to Kagoshima. I am pretty sure that I never tried any of the dishes that I had at Issaku. This was a first-time dining experience for me and I recommend this place to anyone who likes shellfish and wants to try new flavors. Unfortunately, I avoid shellfish in general so the palette of flavors and textures (oh, the texture, that’s the part that bothers me) in each dish were wasted on me.

This was very much a “washoku” or traditional Japanese cuisine restaurant. All of the dishes were lightly flavored, colourful, and a feast for the eyes. My favorite part of this meal was the presentation, you can tell how much care was taken in preparing each individual dish. This restaurant is expensive, but if you really consider how much food you get, it’s not bad at all (look how many dishes I ended up with!) Expect to spend at least 6,ooo JPY/person for a full course meal plus whatever you spend on drinks. The good part about this is that you can easily spend two or so hours in your own private room without feeling rushed, but that price, oof. For those of you who are content with a 1,000 or 2,000 JPY meal of typical Japanese foods, this is pricy, but a very unique dining experience. Definitely worth trying once.

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