Service: very friendly and smiling. Easy-going but attentive
Equipment & Facilities: Very clean overall. Superb gender separated washrooms
Strong points: Traditional izakaya cuisine including oden. Excellent seafood and drink list including local sake.
Located a few minutes walk from Yaizu JR Station south exit Minato Machi Okamura Ikichi is actually one of the 6 similar establishments owned by Fujieda City-based Okamura Roman Co. with restaurants in Fujieda City (2), Shizuoka City, Yaizu City, Shimada City and a vegetable bar in Fujieda City
They all seem to share two traits:
-Modern design outside (which does not always feature the name of the restaurant) and generally young but knowledgeable and enthusiastic staff!
The food and concept are both traditional and modern for the pleasure of all genders and age groups!
They both have a regular and seasonal menu.
Although they will soon have to think of an English menu the staff will be more than happy to explain it!
I found the range of local sake quite excellent for such an establishment which can seat no less than 134 guests on two different floors!
Of course all kinds of drinks are available!
And the sake comes in generous portions!
Now, as for the food you will to come quite a few times before exhausting the whole menu!
Let me show you what we had for our first visit there!
A Shizuoka delicacy/comfort food: oden/Japanese pot au feu.
The broth not being as dark and strong as in some other izakaya in Shizuoka Prefecture, you certainly drink it up!
A reasonably-priced sashimi plate (for two)!
Featuring mackerel, seabream and local horse mackerel!
And many types of tuna!
There plenty of vegetables available too fresh or cooked, from the traditional fried potato sticks,
to a unique plate of deep fried burdock root shavings!
Well, I suppose other visits are on the cards before I move to their other establishments!
MINATO MACHI OKAMURA IKICHI/岡むらいきち
Yaizu City, Sakae Machi 1-1-34 (on the left of Yaizu JR Station south exit)
Opening hours: 17:00~24:00
Closed on Sundays
Credit cards OK
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