From the chef who brought the first Izakaya to Washington DC, comes an intimate vision of Japanese street food by Darren Norris and his wife, Candice Wise-Norris.  


If you break down the meaning of Izakaya, “I" means to stay, “sakaya” means sake shop. This comes from the long history of small shops on the rice trail roads that lead to Edo.  


During this period of Japanese history, country folk had to travel to Edo (now called Tokyo) with their ox and wagon to bring rice to the Capital. Along the trail, there were small inns that travelers would stop to rest, refresh and consume sake and simple homemade food. This is where the idea of a Japanese pub came from.  


Chef Darren offers you skewers of tasty bites grilled over binchotan charcoal, accompanied with bowls of homemade soba noodles and flavorful broths to nourish the soul.  




Original Buckwheat Soba Noodles

Udon Noodles

Matcha (Green Tea) Soba



Served with Dashi Dipping Sauce

Just Noodles   11  (v)

Simmered Mushrooms & Daikon   13  (v)

Fresh Cut Garden Vegetables   13  (v)

Pickled Prawn & Edamame   18

Shio Koji Chicken, Shiso & Nori   15


Served in Hot Dashi Broth 

Roasted Vegetables Simmered in Soy Dashi   13  (v)

Grilled Mushrooms & Scallion   13  (v)

Grilled Pork Belly with Wasabi   15

Broiled Eel with Ginger   18

Shaved Beef with Simmered Onion   18


Selection of Daily Oysters - MP

Chilled Shellfish Platter - MP

Chef's Selection of Fresh Sashimi - MP


Kushiyaki Skewers Grilled Over Charcoal (One Piece)

Chicken Thigh with Scallion   4

Chicken Breast with Wasabi   4

Chicken Meatball with Ginger   4

Chicken Wings with Tare Glaze   4

Beef Short Rib with Tare Glaze   6

Kurobuta Pork Belly with Tare Glaze   5

Eringi-Mushroom   5  (v)

Shishito Peppers with Spicy Mayo   5

Shiitake Mushroom   5  (v)

Avocado with Spicy Soy Glaze   7  (v)

Baby Leek with Ume Plum   4  (v)

Mixed Baby Beets with Orange & Ginger   6  (v)

Baby Gold Potato with Sansho Oil   6  (v)

Asparagus with Yuzu & Shiso   7  (v)

Japanese Eggplant with Sweet Miso   7  (v)

Japanese Sticky Yam   6  (v) 


Local Farm Greens with Ginger Carrot Dressing   5  (v)

Oshinko - Japanese Pickles
   5  (v)

Edamame with Sea Salt   5  (v)

Fresh Homemade Tofu with Grated Ginger, Scallion & Bonito Flakes   8

Ohitashi - Simmered Greens with Dashi Broth & Bonito Flakes   6

Gomaae - Green Beans with Sesame Sauce   6  (v)

Morokyu - Fermented Miso with Cucumber   5  (v)

Yamakake - Mountain Potato with Tuna  15

Japanese Potato Salad  7

Chawanmushi- Daily Dashi Custard  10

Daily Miso Soup  5

Onigiri - Daily Rice Ball  MP

Tori Zosui - Chicken Rice Soup  7 


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Washington DC 20009

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12pm to 11pm


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