IZA Izakaya restaurant needs a bit of time to get things in order

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 05 September, 2017, 7:34am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 05 September, 2017, 7:33am

The latest addition to the restaurants at Civic Square is IZA, a Japanese izakaya with an alfresco option. The menu is limited and the staff are still learning the ropes. We received foie gras, which we did not order, while the squid was taken away before we could try it. Half of the staff did not speak English, but one smiling staff member made the night worthwhile.

We started with Japanese beer: bottled Asahi (HK$55) and Suntory The Premium Malt’s Dark on tap (HK$63). We had wanted to order something from the “special cocktails” section, but they were not available.

We had high expectations for the yakitori. We ordered the chicken leg and leek (HK$28), sweet potato (HK$43), shishito pepper (HK$23), eringii mushroom (HK$18) and two beef karubi with sesame and sweet garlic soy (HK$33 per stick) - decent, but forgettable.

The dish that impressed us was the Arubi A4 wagyu with garlic soy dressing on thinly sliced onions (HK$228). We loved how the sweet onions complemented the tender wagyu slices. The eight-piece sushi platter

(HK$219), featuring salmon, tuna, scallop, squid and roe, wasn’t incredible.

The pan-fried foie gras with truffle teriyaki (HK$135) was smooth, but the teriyaki sauce was too salty. Chicken karaage (HK$55) - an izakaya staple - was a disappointment. The semi-dried firefly squid (HK$45), which was juicy and full of flavour, was another story. Kim Soo-jin