Izakaya” entered the English language by 1987.[1] It is a compound word consisting of “i” (to stay) and “sakaya” (sake shop), indicating that izakaya originated from sake shops that allowed customers to sit on the premises to drink. Izakayas are essentially Japanese taverns.

A good few years ago as a London chef looking for a change I got the chance to work in Japan. I went with the aim of studying the finer arts of Japanese kaiseki cuisine.

Working 15 hrs a day, 6 days a week for nearly 3 years I learn’t a lot about food and a lot about myself. As a gaijin days were spent up to my elbows in shit and iced water, filleting fish, trimming vegetables and keeping my mouth shut.

After work hours were spent in the late night scene of Tokyo’s Izakayas,

My plans gradually changed.

I assembled a small crew of like minded Izakaya fanatics, a few visa’s applications later and I arrived back in the UK with my new friends.

It was the start of the journey…


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  1. Just looking for a place to eat in Brighton with some friends and thought I’d check out this website. Has the writer any idea how offputting the image is of the chef, the person who will be cooking your food, ‘up to my elbows in shit and iced water’. Why have this on the first page of a restaurant website? Or any page? It’s irrational but think I’ll be going somewhere else instead…


  2. A figure of speech is a word or phrase that has a meaning other than the literal meaning. It can be a metaphor or simile that’s designed to further explain a concept. Or it can be the repetition of alliteration or exaggeration of hyperbole to give further emphasis or effect…..this shits for real Mike but it wasn’t real shit.

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