Castle Street has undergone some thing of a renaissance as of late.
Late night eateries, craft cocktails and unlimited pizza by the slice – life isn’t bad on Castle Street. As Bold Street fills to the brim, Castle Street has offered somewhat of a respite for the good people of Liverpool and has become very quickly a foodie quarter. On the same street you can find pre-packaged California rolls and suspiciously bright-red tuna rolls made with sickly sweet grainy rice in most supermarkets, but their resemblance to the real thing seems, at times, to only be in name. Enter Izakaya – a place cooking up a sushi storm with a Scouse twist.
During the day Izakaya has a deli feel to it. The bustling lunch time trade come hungry and leave happy after eating sushi with the freshest of fish that comes in daily. There’s a perfect mix of humbleness and pride about the Japanese way of life where the boundary between sushi master and customer is often lost. Izakaya is a place with no hidden spaces. A place where the talented chefs take centre stage to add to the atmosphere and make the most intricate of meals with effortless ease. It’s not just about the sushi either – belly-warming katsu, pillowy-soft bao buns and a range of ramen will also win your heart over. And if they don’t, the cocktails definitely will.
As day turns into night, a whole new world reveals itself. The hustle and bustle of the lunch time trade is lost and what takes its place is an intimate affair. All the romance without any of the pretentiousness as you’ll still unapologetically slurp the remaining broth from the bowl and pick up a piece of sushi with your hands as the chopsticks are playing up. Don’t act like you don’t do it.
In an ever-changing world with a greater demand for variety than ever before – Izakya cater for everyone. Vegans, veggies, meat-eaters and more can find sushi-solace and no-one will leave disappointed. For such a modest space, Izakaya pack a punch into every bite and we implore you to go and try it for yourself.
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