Izakaya Edokko: Come For The Food, Stay For The Experience
Spending an evening at downtown Winnipeg’s Izakaya Edokko is an easy way to experience the essence of authentic Japanese culture and cuisine without the jet lag. And in the tradition of Izakaya bars (a variety of small dishes and snacks served with accompanying cocktails), it’s best enjoyed with friends.
With over 20 years of experience in the restaurant industry, chefs Masa Sugita and Alan Yin know exactly how to create a must-try menu for both locals and tourists. They know firsthand that the best Japanese food is made with fresh, high-quality ingredients with mouth-watering flavours that do all the talking. That’s why you’ll never find a sushi roll drenched in sauce – it’s simply not their style.
From the Tuna Gome Ae, made with albacore tuna that’s so fresh that it tastes like it’s just been reeled in from the Pacific (with regular deliveries direct from Asia, it probably has), to the highly addictive Kamakazi Roll, there’s something for everyone at the gastropub. And if you have dietary restrictions, don’t fret – they have a delectable variety of gluten-free, vegan and vegetarian options.
For carnivores and vegetarians alike, we’d highly recommend the Shiitake Garlic Maki – a wildly flavourful roll made with tempura shiitake, arugula, roasted garlic chips, and pickled burdock root. Another must-try? The Ebimayo: plump, deep-fried shrimp with a special mayo sauce. Whatever you choose, prepare your taste buds for flavours they didn’t know existed.
With a full-frontal view of the sushi-making station, enjoying a meal at Izakaya Edokko is bound to be an experience, and what better way to prolong your visit than by sipping on some sake? But if the traditional Japanese rice wine isn’t your thing, you can still enjoy their huge variety of wines, beers and cocktails.
In fact, the Japanese gastropub is one of the most accessible hot spots in the city, thanks to its uber-convenient Smith St. location. They’re open for lunch and dinner, and have an extremely tempting offer of 10% off for We Heart Winnipeg members (excluding happy hour and alcohol). So, the next time you’re rallying the troops for a bite and a bevy after work, save the mileage and stroll on over to enjoy Winnipeg’s chicest Izakaya.