Izakaya Ittoku in Allston had their grand opening today, so I went there around 7 and it was decently packed. The waiters greeted me in typical Japanese fashion (yelling "Irasshaimase!") and I was promptly seated. I checked out the menu beforehand so I immediately placed the order when I sat down.
15 minutes later my Gyukotsu Ramen and 4 skewers came out. The ramen was really small, smaller than all the other ramen joints' in Boston. (but I think at $8 it's also the cheapest). The soup was very garlicky, but if they didn't tell me it was beef I wouldn't have been able to tell. The noodles were hard, or "al-dente" I guess. There were some scallions and one (!!) slice of pork on it. Nothing else. Even though the pork was flavorful, one slice is a tad too little imo. Don't think I'll be reordering this.
As for the skewers, the thigh was juicy, the skin was too soft and not crispy like the NYC izakayas', the tsukune (chicken meatballs) was fine, so was the pork belly. I was a little unsatisfied after eating all that so I ordered a plate of salmon sashimi. The color of the salmon was slightly pale, but the taste was fine. It did feel icier than the other salmon sashimi I've had.
Oh lastly, the service was really slow. Took forever to get my check and sign the receipt. That's to be expected from a new restaurant though. I think I'll go back in a month or two and see how much they've improved.