I was going to wing it but with all you helpin' Hounds out there... Heading to Guu w/Garlic tomorrow night and want to take a "don't miss" list with me as two of our group have never been to an izakaya before and I want them to have a good first experience. Also one is a vegetarian so any veg-friendly suggestions would be welcome. I advised of this when I made the reso and the super-nice fellow thought it would be no problem to prep some of the dishes meat-free, if we asked.
I've pulled all the mentions I could find on this board and here's what I've come up with so far -- so add more, delete, or comment on these as you have time and energy! TIA.
- the ebimayo and carpaccio dishes (f_med)
- the kobucha korokke ($3.60), a baseball-size, comfort-food pumpkin croquette with an entire hard-cooked egg inside and a drizzle of creamy dressing. (CH izakaya crawl)
- Tako wasabi ($3), a cold shark’s fin and octopus salad traditionally eaten in Japan the way peanuts are with beer in the United States (CH izakaya crawl)
- Fried udon dishes ($7.50) are cooked fast, furious, and fresh in the open kitchen behind the bar. (CH izakaya crawl)
- If you’re feeling adventurous, try nankotsu karaage ($3.60), a fave in Japan: deep-fried chicken cartilage. (CH izakaya crawl)
- the Nama shibori wari (w/ the freshly squeezed orange and grapefruit) (tom_edo)
- the salted pork cheeks (Graeme_jw)