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$6 - $20
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Japanese
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Reviewed February 17, 2020

A great fusion place in Antigua... not for budgeted palates. THE GOOD: Ok yes the food is great. Great as in your personal chef great. A nice balanced menu, with amazing flavors. From the start you know. You are going in a ride of good...taste and experience cooking. The first chips they put before you are perfect, with a mayonnaise wasabi. Oh man, I want more! Yes, please sell me more so I can snack this heavenly chips at home! We ordered 3 more items for both of us. All great. All completely different. The entraña was amazing... THE BAD: So it is expensive. Maybe not Dubai expensive but for Antigua, and with the small portions it is. This is not a complain, I mean you want good food, start paying more. You want cheap, go to McDonald's. This is not the place for you. Still I think the portions are way to small, and you should get a side of rice at least. It was Q200 per person, without dessert, coffee or drinks! I was full but not satisfied. Maybe its my experience, maybe it was just the tiny chicken yakitori. Maybe if I see it in dollars... maybe. MY 2 CENTS: Put some ambient music, some kitchen smoke ventilation, and give some sides. Oh the servers are amazing... well trained and courteous.More

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed February 12, 2020

After trying another Japanese restaurant in Antigua the night before and having a horrible dinner we were still craving a Japanese dinner and thought we’d take a leap of fate and try Izakaya. So glad we did. This cute and clean establishment provided us a...delicious and unique take on Japanese food. We started with delicious Mahi Mahi Shashimi, s delicate and in this yummy sauce. The Eggplant was to die for never tasted anything like it.The ceviche was really good and spicy and we finished our dinner off with grilled duck which was so tender it melted in your mouth. Service was excellent and the food came out super quick. Take it from me, If your looking for a Japanese dinner forget the other places and get over here.More

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed January 8, 2020

We were recommended this restaurant. I had a corn chicken soup and a ceviche and my husband had a fish with jalapeños sauce. I really like the ceviche. Place is nice and service is very good. A bit pricy

Date of visit: January 2020
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Reviewed December 14, 2019 via mobile

Lovely place run by a couple of chefs who worked at high end restaurants in London. The Japanese -inspired menu is small but flavorful. Lorena, one of the owners, came by my table to discuss the menu and answer questions. Since I was a solo...diner and was starving, I did not want to over order so she assisted me with my selections. I decided on the highly revered Miso Eggplant which was out of this world! The eggplant is cooked with a thick coat of miso seasoning on each eggplant half. Lorena instructed me to mix the concoction up with the provided Oriental soup spoon. The result was a thick creamy mixture of eggplant/miso heaven. Wanting to also try a dish from the Robata grill, I decided on the duck tataki which was perfectly cooked, sliced and served with a ponzu/citrus sauce. Lovely. Alcohol is available. Service was friendly and efficient. I had a delightful conversation with Lorena after dinner. She is lovely, warm and thoughtful. I plan on hitting this gem a few more times before departure fro Antigua. Run, don’t walk, to his amazing eatery!!More

Date of visit: December 2019
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Reviewed November 13, 2019 via mobile

Such a good and nice restaurant. Menu is not long but oh the good options. Tiradito first. Perfectly made on robalo and nicely marinated. Then the entrana and wow the texture and taste of the beef! I really really enjoyed eating here.Too bad I am...leaving tomorrow - otherwise I would eat again here tomorrow evening.More

Date of visit: November 2019
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Reviewed September 4, 2019

Small Japanese restaurant in Antigua run by a lovely couple. The seating and open kitchen lets you watch the chefs prepare your food. The menu has a lot of variety and everything we tried was delicious - shrimp wontons, duck tataki and baked aubergine being...particular highlights. Would thoroughly recommend. Not cheap but you get what you pay forMore

Date of visit: August 2019
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Reviewed July 19, 2019

A little hard to find because there aren’t bright lights, but we’ll worth searching for. Counter seating allows you to watch the chefs cooking clean, delicious, and really flavorful food. Best miso soup I’ve ever had. Grilled fish with ponzu out of this world. Go!!!

Date of visit: July 2019
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Reviewed June 12, 2019

Excellent egg plant and pleasant people. Chinga, chinga, chinga. How much more do you need? Blah, Blah, Blah.

Date of visit: July 2018
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Reviewed April 19, 2019

When we came in, Lorena and her husband (chefs and owners) greeted us super warmly and explained the menu to us. Honestly, I love Japanese food (been to Japan several times), and love fine dining (been to many Michelin starred restaurants), and I can easily...say the food here was surprisingly on par with some of the best Izakayas and Japanese restaurants in the world. I'm not sure how underrated they are here, but my travel companion and I just planned to stop by for a quick meal but it ended up being one of the top five dining experiences of my life, at reasonable prices. The fish was cooked to perfection (try con ponzu sauce or con jalapeno sauce :)), and do yourself a favor and try their miso eggplant, which was simply bomb. Lorena worked at Nobu London, and her husband (who's name escapes me, sorry!) worked at Zuma London, and it amazes me that two chefs of that caliber are just casually chilling in Antigua making bomb ass Japanese food. The staff was super friendly, we were taken amazing care of, and the food was just great. Easily the best restaurant we went to in Antigua. 10/10.More

Date of visit: April 2019
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Reviewed April 6, 2019 via mobile

On par with the best Japanese / Izakaya restaurants in the world. The miso eggplant, new style sashimi and oriental steak are perfect

Date of visit: April 2019
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