What’s there not to love about a proper Izakaya? Copious amounts of beer, sake and shochu to wash down plates of yakitori (chicken on a stick), karrage (fried chicken), and other assorted Japanese dishes that are too big to be considered snacks, but too small to be considered entrees. And the best part is, they don’t rush you… so you can spend hours and hours eating and drinking, drinking more and eating more. In other words it’s more of an after work thing, which is why most traditional izakaya don’t even open until after 5pm- although here in L.A. it seems like that word might be used more for hipness, than to describe their bar/restaurant accurately.
So when I first read about the lunch menu at Izakaya Fu Ga, a new “Izakaya” that opened recently in Little Tokyo, I had mixed emotions. If they’re open for lunch, they couldn’t possibly be a truly traditional izakaya- right? On the other hand, their lunch specials looked kind of awesome… and they were all around $10. “Authenticity” (whatever the hell that means) be damned! I had to check it out.