An izakaya is the Japanese equivalent to the Western pub or tavern: a place where people can hang out and drink after work.
The origin of these establishments can be traced back to 18th century Japan, at the time when sake – the Japanese rice wine – was also growing popular. In fact, the word izakaya is rooted on i (to stay) and sakaya (sake shop), because, in contrast to the previous practice in sake shops to drink alcohol while standing, patrons of izakayas can sit down, and even eat some finger food, while drinking.
In the foodie-friendly Tomas Morato area is situated Nomiya Izakaya.
It veers slightly away from the traditional izakayas in that it serves full meals, which is quite fortunate as it recently served as the venue of a happy lunch among my officemates and myself.
Walking into the establishment, we were quick to appreciate its minimalist and industrial themed decor.
For our lunch, we took advantage of its donburi – Japanese rice bowls.
Chirashi Don (Php345). Chirashi means “scattered,” so this dish is basically a rice bowl with fish, vegetables and other ingredients.
Gyudon (Php320). This Japanese beef bowl boasts of thin and tender beef slices on top of steaming hot rice and doused with mildly sweet sauce.
Katsudon (Php290). This bowl of rice is topped with a deep-fried pork cutlet, eggs, veggies and doused with sauce.
Spicy Salmon Maki (Php250). Slivers of spicy salmon rolled in rice with some crunch from the tempura flakes.
It certainly looks like we have a new go-to place when we crave for Japanese food!
Plus, since two of us unlocked our Zomato Gold privilege in this resto, we got the gyudon and salmon maki for free!
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Nomiya Izakaya is located at 36 Scout Tobias Street, Laging Handa, Quezon City, open Tuesdays to Sundays from 11.30am to 2.30pm and 6pm to 11pm. For reservations and inquiries, call +63 2 9547055.
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