Izakaya actually means a Japanese drinking establishment that serves small plates to accompany the alcohol. A Japanese tapas bar if you will. This WeHo neighborhood sushi spot is run by sushi master Katsuya Uechi, also behind the more upscale and trendy Hollywood and Brentwood locations. Izakaya is the casual, less expensive relative of the SBE/Philippe Starck/Katsuya Uechi partnership. Don't get me wrong; the menu is similar, the food upholds the proper quality standards and the place is popular. To avoid crowds, come early or make reservations. We made a reservation and still had a little bit of standing time before we sat. The food definitely hit the spot, it was prepared well and the bill didn't clean out the wallet - that's always lovely!
8420 W. Third Street