3160 Steeles Av E Unit 3
Markham, ON L3R 3Y2
Was grocery shopping at J-town and noticed this place just outside of it. It’s a small restaurant that can probably only fit 20 people. Similar to Guu Izakaya, I was greeted loudly by the staff in Japanese. Nothing spectacular with their decor, very very simple.
After reviewing the menu, we noticed the pricing were relatively cheap, mainly under $10 per dish..but to find out that they were really small in portions, especially for skewers that costed around $2-3.
We ordered the following…
Neba neba – Chopped natto, okura and Japanese yam on salmon sashimi topped with wasabi and seaweed ($10).
This was not worth the $10 at all! It was good but not worth it. Very bland, simple and refreshing dish.
Apparently, Izakaya-Ju’s specialties were Yakitoris (basically skewers) so we ordered a bunch of them. They can either be tared or salted.
Cold udon ($9)
I thought this dish was quite bland as well. Udon was very chewy but the toppings were kinda random. It reminded me of some sesame cold shanghainese dish. I would rather get a hot soup-based udon next time.
We also ordered the tebasaki – chicken wings, in which I didn’t take a picture of but really good… similar to a salt&pepper flavoured wings from All Stars. All the skewers were bbq-ed/grilled quite finely. Although slightly burnt but still very juicey.
Tthe bill came to around $54 with drinks. Not sure if it’s worth the money for just skewers but it’s a great way to have it with beer. And it’s a more convenient location than Fin or Guu. $2-3 a skewer… they must make a lot of money so use your discretion.