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“Chaotic, tasty, confusing”
Review of Shoya Izakaya

Shoya Izakaya
Ranked #2 of 64 Restaurants in Doraville
Cuisines: Japanese
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
Reviewed April 29, 2013

My stepson and wife wanted to go here for his birthday since their two year old likes sushi and would not be a distraction amidst what they described as the family friendly atmosphere. The place is supposedly a very authentic Japanese tavern/sushi house with a series of rough hewn booths and tables for seating and concrete floors. Their is other décor consisting of prints and wall hangings and the staff are in some form of Japanese kimono inspired tops with matching caps. The kitchen is on view and maybe that is a bad idea. The place is very busy with many non English speaking guests and staff that is barely literate in English. Selecting from the extensive six page menu with pictures is somewhat challenging and forget asking about the dishes. Our party ended up over two hours ordering eleven items and two pitchers of a "country style" Saki. We ate everything which came out at an unintelligible pace and those who like sushi said it was very good including the two year old. I had sea salt grilled salmon with was a small serving for the price but tasty and some tempura spring vegetables and I tried the pork, noodles, vegetables served in a broth with was tasty but loaded with salt. On balance the chaotic service, noise, and heavy salt moved this from very good to average and I do not think I shall return.

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Reviewed April 14, 2013

Shoya Izakaya is a pearl of a restaurant. Stupendous sushi, excellent true Japanese dishes, Japanese beers, and a good array of sake (not the typical sake that has most Americans saying they don't like sake).

There were about 6-8 carloads of Japanese (including families) waiting for the dinner hour when Shoya opens. That is a very good sign.

Plan to have time to enjoy the experience. At an izkaya one sits, drinks, and eat a miriad of appetizer sided dishes (you can order main courses too).

Wikipedia.org says "Izakaya dining can be intimidating to non-Japanese with the wide variety of menu items and the slow pace of the meal. Food is normally ordered slowly over several courses rather than all at once. The kitchen will serve the food when it's ready rather than in formal courses like Western restaurants."

My wife's company has a plant in Rome Georgia. It is almost required to visit Shoya when visiting that plant.

Another testimonial: A manager from a Honda engine plant in Ohio and his wife sat at the table next to us. They were staying at a local hotel just because they have shuttle service to Shoya.

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Reviewed February 27, 2017
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