Recently had the pleasure of dining with the husband at Chou Izakaya. As big fans of Guu, we’ve been looking forward to try the “other” izakaya in town. We weren’t disappointed. Our faves were the Shimesaba (aka raw mackerel torched to smoky goodness) — we had 2 orders worth. The mackerel was very fresh and complimented very well by the smokiness of the last-minute torching. The sauce that it comes with has the perfect slight sour note to complete the flavours.
I also really enjoyed the pork belly skewers — both the sea salt and teriyaki version. We were pleasantly surprised by the teriyaki, just because our experience with that usually means ketchup-like overload of sickly sweet mush. However, in the spirit of trying out flavours, we ordered it anyway and were pleasantly surprised how subtly flavoured it was, although I still preferred the sea salt flavour. Either way the pork belly was expertly cooked — tender and full of flavour. This was my second favourite dish of the evening, but not the husband’s.
The husband’s second fave dish was the Dynamite roll, which was very ably done. Although I suspect that he liked it so much since he is normally a roll-enthusiast. The spicy salmon roll was also good — I like the sesame oil flavour that made it different enough to be remembered.
Other notables were the following….
In summary, it’s definitely worth a visit. We’ll definitely be coming back. Not only was it delicious and filling, but more affordable and a closer walk than Guu.