we've been going to EN JAPANESE BRASSERIE a lot lately and had not been to KASADELA izakaya since early summer so it was time for a visit. we went early on saturday night so no problem with crowds. the staff is super nice as always.
we got some black edamame (its not really black) and the tori kawa crispy chicken skin skewers to start while we looked over the menu. to drink we had glasses of sochu on ice. the drinks were sharp and tasty and the tori kawa if you've never had it is just a delicious and addicting few bites. fyi in my experiences here the goma tofu, potato & beef croquettes and the chicken wings are other outstanding apps.
for mains we inhaled the the ozaku seaweed & bbq'd eel salad. i was not a big fan of the bbq flavoring, but my spouse loved it and otherwise the salad was very good. it also has wakame and cucumber. the other main dish we got was the rock shrimp donburi. i've never had this here, but we were hungry and this is a very filling rice based dish. they have chicken & egg (oyako), veg tempura and eel versions of donburi as well. like i say donburi is a good one to get if yr hungry as it will def fill you up in and of itself!
to go with the two mains we got a spicy tofu appetizer special. the sauce was not really spicy and tasted just like a mild kimchi sauce. the tofu was cold blocks that could have come from any store bought tofu package, but it had chopped green onions and was decent.
to drink with the mains we got a carafe of the draft sake they are pushing currently, ohyama i think it is. not a very good choice. to be fair maybe it didn't hold up after a glass of the stronger sochu earlier i dk, but i'd suggest you try another.
ive eaten the whole KASADELA menu execpt for the ochazuke rice soups --- which i need to remember to try when the weather gets cool. it's all good stuff. total price was $67 w/o tip. i'm glad to find KASADELA has remained rock steady. this is an interesting and easy going place to start your weekend east village evenings.