When the owner of O Ya, Tim Cushman, opened up Hojoko, everyone was naturally excited about the new izakaya in the Fenway Kenmore neighborhood. The large restaurant is located inside the Verb Hotel and has a cool funky vibe. They also play anime movies on the back screen!
One of the items I would recommend ordering is the Torched uni, soy, olive oil, shiso, parsley, nori butter, toast ($14)
Karepan (fried shakopan dough filled with curried chicken and vegetables, $8)
Curry House. Sure, I think the bread here is better, crispier, although Curry House's filling was more plentiful and theirs is only $2. Once again, I enjoyed the karepan here, but I don't know if I would pay $8 for another one.
Hojoko also serves yakitori and robata, and they have some of my favorite things like chicken tails.
Crispy chicken tails, black truffle salt ($7)
If you want to get full without emptying your wallet, you should look for the rice and noodle items, like the Curry somen noodle jiru (curry dashi broth, braised chicken, daikon, shiitake, scallions, $8)
Foie gras spam roll, robata grilled pineapple, yuzu kosho ($8 for half order, $16 for a full one)
Okonomiyaki, smoky bacon, shiitake, mountain yam, Hojoko honkytonky sauce, nori, truffle kewpie ($8)
how to make okonomiyaki and it's not that hard.
Some may say that as long as the food tastes great, the price doesn't matter. But only the people who make a lot of money can really say that. As for me, when I return to Hojoko I will order carefully. It's not that the menu in its entirety is overpriced, but some items are definitely a much better value than others.
1271 Boylston Street
Boston, MA 02215