we went to this cool japanese izakaya last night and loved it. KASADELA is on 11th street bet b-c. friendly service, nice vibe, they played groovy 60's japanese pop. the menu is reasonable, but the sake is surprisingly expensive generally $8-$20+ per masu. i really enjoyed a sake called "kaori" which was citrusy and not too sweet. two generous masu's full will make your knees wobble or at least mine did.
to eat we shared five items: tori kawa (crispy chicken skin on skewers), salmon tartar (w/ sweet potato chips), age dashi tofu (fried), uzaku (eel w/ seaweed salad & bonito flakes), and seared rare beef tataki (w/ green apple).
the tori kawa is i guess a classic izakaya item and it is a definite must order. its perfectly grilled and delicious. the tartar was fine if a bit odd to actually eat since it paired basically small crumbly potato chips with a mound of tartar. the uzaku dish was the clear winner, its just superb. the bbq eel, bonito and seaweed go together like pb&j or ham&eggs. the tofu and beef dishes were also expertly prepared, wonderful and filling. the total was $72 w/o tip.
KASADELA is a super fun place. there were only two or three other tables filled --- so its not crowded on a late summer wednesday and so it was very comfortable. besides sake, they have beer and wine as well. while its no SAKAGURA, KASADELA is a very sharp and professional restaurant. i cannot wait to go back soon!