Hunkering next to the wildly popular tapas bar Tia Pol, Izakaya boasts a colorful facade and cozy interior. The menu features tapas, too, but of the Japanese sort, including microtome-thin curls of fluke carpaccio with a spicy side of shredded daikon; a stir-fry of gingered pork belly; pressed eel sushi; and a natto (fermented soy bean) omelet. The dishes are well executed and many are novel, and there's a sake list with selections plotted on a graph according to taste qualities--a brilliant idea--but it's hard to avoid the impression that everything is more expensive than it ought to be.
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