Dan Phaedo 
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Re: “Full Moon fever


What a frustrating disappointment. After ten years in Tokyo, I was so excited to see an Izakaya in Halifax. I know eight Haligonians in Tokyo who are trying to figure out a way to bring Izakaya culture to Canada. All of them would be horribly affronted at what called itself an Izakaya tonight.

So, you needed a reservation to attend the pop-up restaurant. It wasn't open to the public and was really a private function. That is like asking you to reserve a menu at Durty Nelly's. An Izakaya is nothing more than a Japanese pub. They serve draft beer and great nibblies. Our equivalent would be The Goat or maybe Field Guide. To pretend that Izakaya fare is kaiseki, is ridiculous.

If you are in New York, check out the West Village. There are some real Izakaya there where you sit at long tables, eat good finger food and drink with strangers. It ain't Tokyo, but it's durn good. Haligonians would absolutely love it. Too bad they have yet to experience it.

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Posted by Dan Phaedo on 08/02/2015 at 2:59 AM

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