September 3, 2016
In this segment, Supper Club Saturday, one of us will give a review of a restaurant that we had been to. Living in cities that offer a plethora of cuisines at our disposal, we just couldn’t help but to share our experiences with all of you!
1960 North Damen
If you thought Izakaya is just part of a swanky name for just another one of the swanky restaurants in Bucktown, you are wrong. As one who has traipsed around Japan and visited its various izakayas, Izakaya Mita instantly brought me back to that place and time, to that first-, second-, or was it fifth sake in Tokyo…? (Ha!)
I started with a sake flight (because I was pretty indecisive to commit to only one). The servers are pretty knowledgeable about the sake and what pairs best with your dish selection. I had started with Takoyaki and Chasu Marinated Pork Belly.
Takoyaki – it had a perfect balance of crunch and flavor, without making the insides rubbery.
Chasu Marinated Pork Belly – so tender and juicy with just the right amount of fat.
Next was the Okonomiyaki, which was described to me as a savory pancake with cabbage, tempura, eggs, flour and pork belly (read: MAGIC!)
Followed by their Toshi’s Kyushu-Style Yaki Ramen with pork…
Can you tell that a way to this girl’s heart is pork?
Tying up the bow on this delectable gift of a meal, was banana tempura with mocha ice cream.
Over all, Izakaya Mita was not just delicious, but also a taste of how life is in the “Land of the Rising Sun.”
The sake is flowing aplenty + the food is comforting without being too heavy + great service = highly recommended by yours truly, Maeven!