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- IchizaMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsFoodies+ 2
It seems like there are really no shortage of Japanese good eats in Vegas area. Newly added to my favorite off the strip dining list is this lovely Izakaya restaurant Ichiza.
The menu is fairly standard and not overwhelming. On top of the transitional izakaya small plates and yakitori skewers, you can also find some kitchen entree, ramen and sushi rolls. Bento style meals are offered during happy hour.
Price is very reasonable and the quality of the food is good. Honey toast is a must try if you never had it elsewhere. Imagine a loaf of soft bread, toasted, drenched in butter, honey and topped with two scoops of ice cream... THAT was sinfully gratifying.Recommended for:
- IchizaMember ofWellnessGreen TravelersStudentsAdventure Travelers
Found this Japanese fusion izakaya to be overhyped. The look of the place is totally cool, with handwritten menu items scribbled on scraps of paper tacked up onto the walls everywhere you look. But a lot of the crazily inventive dishes sounded a lot better than they looked -- kim chi octopus and wasabi mashed potatoes just really didn't work. Popular with local Las Vegans, this bar + food pub is upstairs in Chinatown, not far from Raku restaurant (which is a much better value for your Japanese dining dollar!).Recommended for:
You know you are at a hole in the wall authentic Japanese eatery, when the staff converse in their native language, and their English is difficult to understand. I have to use my super-awesome skill of "pointing", not at the words but at the pictures. I learned that in grade school, so proud of myself. :)
Ramen and Sashimi where above average but not exceptional. Huge selection of menu items, tofu and fish dishes are very good and very authentic. Must order miso butterfish and grilled salmon belly!
Will definitely be back soon.
- IchizaMember ofVegetarianLocal CultureOutdoor Enthusiasts+ 11
I love this place!
It is so great to find a true Japanese Izakaya anywhere outside Japan, and to find it in the "Chinatown" (really, Asiantown) part of Las Vegas was a real treat! I was smiling the whole time eating here!
Izakayas serve a lot of little dishes and comfort foods like in a Japanese home. They are not Sushiyas, so don't expect that, although they may serve some sushi items.
Originally, they were drinking places, where salarymen in Japan would go and unwind, drinking a lot of booze, bond with co-workers, and even complain about or insult their bosses to their faces (to let off steam; and then they could always blame it on being drunk, because if they talked-back or disrespected at work, they would be fired or severely reprimanded). So it was sort of a social safety valve place to relax in a strict culture of respect, protocol and obligation to the group and superiors. The little food items were snacks to help the drinking.
But then, many places became very popular for their tasty snacks. And now, it is a whole category of dining. It is starting to become more popular in major cities in the US. Los Angeles has some good ones, like Musha in Santa Monica and Torrance, or Raku in LA.
An Izakaya is different than a "Snack" or "Hostess" bar, which in many Asian countries, involves little in the way of food, but a lot in booze and pretty girls to make you feel like a big shot. Izakaya in the US are usually family run, and down home, good for families and even kids.
(Pronunciation tip: do not accent any syllable, they are all even in intonation and emphasis: I-Za-Ka-Ya! NOT iza KAYa!)
This one has a million little dishes to choose from, listed on the menu, and many of the same selections taped all along the walls, mostly in Japanese!
The youthful waitresses and hostess here are all Japanese, so it is a delight, especially if you know a little of the language, because they will scurry around and respond promptly to your requests, as in Japan, with enthusiasm and energy. If they were lazy or lackadaisical in their service in Japan, they would be severely reprimanded or fired. Too bad that doesn't translate to Denny's here!
So this place serves what I like to call, Japa Tapas.
The two of us had Agedashi Tofu, Ikkayaki (whole broiled squid, chopped up), grilled Black Cod (like butter!) , Sake Ochazuke (Salmon over rice mixed with green tea and flavorings) and for dessert, green tea ice cream and 2 flavors of Mochi ice cream, and finally their signature dessert, which is 1/3 a loaf of bread crust filled with honey and vanilla ice cream that we shared with our tablemates. We also had a small cold Kurosawa Junmai Sake. All delish!
We sat at a community table and met another nice young Filipino couple enjoying their Izakaya experience, and shared stories and dessert with them.
I am coming back here every time I go to Las Vegas! You should, too!
Forget those fancy faux Asian places on the strip!
- IchizaMember ofLocal CultureWellnessLuxury Travelers+ 2
I love this little Japanese restaurant and all of the dish options they offer. The food is really tasty and the waitresses are great. This restaurant is open until 3am and also very reasonably priced. If you love Japanese food but don't always want the big meal and the production it sometimes becomes then ICHIZA is perfect for you. This Japanese sushi style restaurant is my new favorite...
- IchizaMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 6
This was such a find in the middle of Chinatown in Las Vegas. They have so many izakaya dishes to choose from. They give you a menu, but it doesn't have everything. You have to just look around the restaurant to find more items they post or else ask the staff for recommendations. I've heard the honey toast is very good, but I'm always too full to try it for dessert.
- IchizaMember ofLocal CultureBudget TravelersFoodiesHistory Buffs
It's fairly inexpensive for an izakaya, the menu is expansive (and plenty of specials are posted on the wall) and the food is plenty tasty. Try the yellowtail tartar and the honey toast!