Izakaya WA, will open a second location in River Oaks Shopping Center in the second quarter of 2019. It claims to be Houston’s first and only Japanese-owned izakaya. WA means Japanese style or harmony. Izakaya is the term used to describe Japanese pubs which serve small dishes, a concept similar to Spanish tapas or Italian cicchetti. The shareable plates add to the social vibe of good drinks and pleasant conversation.
The menu will feature meat skewers, fried and grilled, for easy eating. Sushi and sashimi will also be available, along with rice dishes and udon and soba noodles. Japanese shochu, sake and whiskeys complete the izakaya experience.
The first location of Izakaya WA opened in 2013 in Memorial City. Since then, the izakaya trend has started to take hold in Houston with a couple of other izakaya concepts having opened since then.
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