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slew Oct 11, 2012 12:09 PM

Has anyone been to this izakaya?

http://www.diamond-dining.com/shop_in...

  1. Silverjay Oct 11, 2012 06:22 PM

    Looks like a slick, corporate performance shtick izakaya with a Kochi Prefecture theme.

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    1. re: Silverjay
      Robb S Oct 12, 2012 08:19 AM

      I would agree. In general Diamond Dining is best known for their wacky theme restaurants, like Alice in Wonderland, and Le Porc de Versailles.

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        slew Oct 12, 2012 11:15 AM

        So... I guess it's not a worthwhile place to dine... And the food is so-so?

        1. re: slew
          Robb S Oct 13, 2012 07:16 AM

          That would be my best guess based on their ownership. On the other hand, I just looked them up on Tabelog and they had a pretty high rating, so they might have good food in spite of everything.

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            slew Oct 14, 2012 12:30 AM

            I read about the place on a CNN article and Metropolis had a review as well... So was curious, since it sounded interesting...

            http://www.cnngo.com/tokyo/drink/best-izakaya-tokyo-176004

            http://metropolis.co.jp/dining/restau...

            1. re: slew
              Robb S Oct 14, 2012 06:29 AM

              Well that does sound interesting. It might be a fun experience.

              I have been to the other four shops listed in the CNN article though, and they're hardly the best izakaya in Tokyo, IMHO.

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                slew Oct 14, 2012 09:26 AM

                Yeah... That is why I picked out Warayakiya...

                I have been to Andy's back in 2007... Thought it was OK. but not worth a return visit.

                Guess my friends and I will give Warayakiya a shot in about...5-6 weeks... :)

                1. re: slew
                  Silverjay Oct 14, 2012 03:34 PM

                  I had that authentic style of katsuo preparation in Kochi City last year and it was great. Hope they do it well at Warayakiya.

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                    Asomaniac Oct 14, 2012 06:46 PM

                    Slew, if you want an interesting experience of Kochi style katsuo, try this: http://tabelog.com/tokyo/A1301/A13010...

                    It is the opposite of a slick / fancy izakaya, more of an old school salaryman type place, so not necessarily every foreign visitor's cup of tea, but in my view a much more interesting and fun experience. The place serves food from Tosa, Ryoma Sakamoto's hometown (or home-peninsula) (He is an important Japanese historical figure - look him up.) Tosa is in Kochi.

                    I enjoyed the katsuo there. Again, nothing fancy but very good fun, along with all the other Tosa seafood.

                    I am not completely sure how you pronouce the name of the place - it's been a very long time that I went, and the characters in the tabelog entry suggest either Tosa Sakakura or Tosa Shuzo. Both would work, so it's down to the restaurant's preference. But there is a map and phone number, which should suffice to get someone to make a booking and get there by cab.

                    Obviously don't expect an English menu or anyone speaking any English at all.

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