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Kingyo: an awful izakaya

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Kingyo: an awful izakaya

Simon | Jul 9, 2008 02:25 AM

yeeesh...i tried this place tonight based on the some good reviews here and based on a rec from a local bartender...what a disappointment...

-- things got off to a bad start when i ordered a shochu...the bartender measured a meager shot and poured it over the bullet-shaped ice-cube...maybe a centimeter of shochu at the bottom of the glass...i commented that this was a pretty tiny glass of shochu and he said "it's a shot"...me: "well, because shochu is half the proof of vodka, that's like half a shot"...bartender: "wow, i don't really drink shochu, lemme check"...[bartender reads the bottle]...bartender: "wow, you're right!"...me: "yes, i know"...ok: this place has been touted as the best izakaya in town and the bartender doesn't really know what shochu is?...

-- the menu: not very extensive, and w/ many dishes boasting wasabi-mayo, teriyaki-dressing, etc...yikes...

-- i ordered some yellowtail sashimi (average/mediocre) and the black cod w/ miso, which was very greasy, like it'd been injected w/ vegetable oil, and topped w/ slimey creamy miso dressing...

-- not wanting another glass of shochu, i ordered a glass of red wine, which was barely drinkable vinegar...

i left quickly and went to Hapa, where i had a quite nice meal (will review separately)...

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