If you've met me in real life, you may have heard me complain about the lack of good ethnic food in Boston (with the exception of Brazilian and Jamaican food). Well, that's not quite true, because at least there is one authentic izakaya. Izayaka Ittoku in Allston offers what is probably the only authentic izakaya experience in Boston, with a large menu, great food, and cheap beer pitchers!
On top of the already large menu, they sometimes have special dishes, like this stir fried squid with green onions. So good we ordered another helping.
Chicken karaage ($6.75). They use all dark meat, just the way I like it!
Okonomiyaki ($8.50). There was a bit too much sauce for my liking but you can hardly go wrong this okonomiyaki.
There are 2-3 items on the dessert menu. We got the Belgian waffle served with flan and green tea ice cream ($8) and a sweet potato custard ($5.75)
Did I mention they had a pretty nice variety of sake, and cheap pitchers of Kirin or Sapporo to boot? Because what's an izakaya without beer or sake, right?
Ittoku is becoming one of my favorite places for a group meal. The large menu makes it easy to satisfy everyone, the food is great, and the price is right!
1414 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, MA 02134