Izakaya-Ju @ J-Town

3160 Steeles Av E Unit 3
Markham, ON L3R 3Y2
(905) 474-1058

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…

Hotaru ika Soy marinated baby squid ($4)
It tasted just like it looks except a lot saltier with the soya sauce. Not very tasty. Too slimy for me. Don’t get it!

Neba nebaChopped 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.

Momo – chicken thighs. tared ($2)

Nankotsu, Chicken Cartilage, soft bone. Salted ($2)
I thought this was quite interesting. Literally, eating bones but biteable.

The top should be Duck Liver ($2) and the bottom was the Kawa – chicken skin. Salted. ($2). Chicken skin was a bit oily and burnt unfortunately.

Left: Sunagimo. Chicken gizzard salted. ($2) Right: Negima -leg & leek ($2) tared.

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.

Osaka style octopus Rice
I loved this! Maybe it’s the okonomiyaki sauce, bonito flakes and seaweed that made it so good. Would order again even though it is quite easy to make on your own.

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.

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