With the Izakaya trend in full swing, diners line up to socialize over Japanese-style shareable plates and sake amongst a fun, loud atmosphere. Believing good food and sake can heal a person’s soul, proprietor Takako Ishikawa introduced the Ikki Japanese Izakaya + Sake concept to the town of Oliver in Calgary. Its name translates to “one breath” in Japanese, meaning “bottoms up.” Inside the $200,000 Triple Gold-designed space, which seats 30, showcases a prominent display of various sake, hanging pendant lighting and Japanese-style art displayed over comfy banquettes. Its signature items include a Motsuni stew, by chef Ayumi Y., made with slow-cooked pork shocho (stewed giblets or innards) with silky tofu, leeks, and ginger stewed in Ikki’s sweet mixed miso ($7.75). The bar even serves up a Japanese poutine topped with mozzarella cheese, Ikki sweet sauce, and nori seaweed ($7.45).
11931 Jasper Ave. N.W., Edmonton