【Report by the foreigner who knows Ayabe well.】
Name of facility : Rakuza Visit date : 2020/10/23 Visitor name : Nathaniel Hoy
Located a short walk from Ayabe Station,
Rakuza is a great choice for dinner or simply a drink or two.
I have visited Ayabe City two times and both times I had dinner
with a friend at Rakuza.
My friend took me there and it was a great choice.
Salad and Japanese Sake
Rakuza is a small restaurant that can seat 10 people at the counter
and has a single tatami style room in the back.
Both times I visited my friend and I sat at the counter.
The food is delicious and combines traditional izakaya items
with a few unique dishes.
One of my favorite non-traditional items was
the bacon wrapped cheese ball!
So unhealthy, but so so tasty!
Fish and Japanese Sake
As a small local izakaya they offer a lot of local ingredients as well as seasonal dishes.
Rakuza has a typical drinks menu and offers a rotating menu of Japanese sake.
Both time I visited they had 6 different sake selections.
I love Japanese sake and the selections at Rakuza were very good.
Even for someone who doesn’t know much about Japanese sake
the selection was very approachable.
Bacon wrapped Cheese!
While the staff are very friendly, the menu is only in Japanese
so it is recommend to have a basic understanding of Japanese,
a dictionary or a strong sense of adventure when visiting.
No matter what you will not be disappointed.
The restaurant has limited seating so it is advised to make a reservation in advance if possible.
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From United States of America, came to Japan in 2005
He likes Japanese countryside, Japanese sake, Japanese food,
onsens and Shorinji Kempo.
His hobbies are running, reading and, Japanese sake.