Come through the noren, slide open the wooden door and step into the heart-warming culinary world of Isekai Izakaya Nobu. You don’t need a magical portal! Just head to Samurai Hostel Asakusa, in the heart of Tokyo. For a limited time, you can experience the traditional taste of Japanese soul food, just like Chef Taisho would cook it for you! Irasshaimase! いらっしゃいませ！
Here’s a quick introduction to Isekai Izakaya “Nobu” (異世界居酒屋「のぶ」: it is a series of light novels, manga and anime about an izakaya (Japanese bar) in Aitheria. This city, situated in both a European context and a different time, gradually opens to and celebrates the masterful creations of the Japanese chef Taisho and his associate Shinobu. It’s a story of Japanese cuisine, Nobu’s people and patrons, and how a good meal can bring people together. Especially if it’s delicious Japanese izakaya food! Caution, it will make you hungry!
From now and until the 16th of December, the pop-up restaurant (complete with a little store) will welcome guests from all over the world. It actually was supposed to last only until end of November but they have extended the period due to its popularity!! The acclaimed Chef Kusumoto brings to life the dishes featured in the loved series, reinventing them in vegetarian, vegan and halal cuisine. Chef Kusumoto is a well known culinary artist so this collaboration menu is full of flavor, quality ingredients and authentic Japanese craftsmanship.
Chef Kusumoto is a well known culinary artist so this collaboration menu is full of flavor, quality ingredients and authentic Japanese craftsmanship.
I attended the inauguration event and had a chance to try the dishes in the company of Isekai Izakaya Nobu creator, Natsuya Semikawa, and fellow Japanese food and manganime aficionados.
In the amazing spread we could taste: the quintessential Japanese winter food, nabe; korokke (croquettes), crispy spring rolls, juicy vegan karaage (fried soy “chicken”), filling takikomi gohan, sauteed taro roots and veggies, edamame and many more. These all were vegan and halal-friendly, and quite healthy as well! So you can eat to your heart’s content with peace of mind!
It was absolutely delightful and I could not stop eating! A perfect sample of the true flavor of traditional Japanese cooking. I loved trying a bit of everything, remembering the episodes in which the Aitheria citizens try these Japanese dishes for the first time (Why yes, I’m a fan of the series!). My favorite was the croquette but I’m also impartial to the fried soy “chicken”.
There is an exclusive Isekai Izakaya bento box too, to eat on the go. Bento boxes are the beloved Japanese boxed meal, often featured in manga and anime. Chef Kusumoto created the perfect tasting menu of nine of the dishes present in the series. The Isekai Izakaya Bento Boxes are carefully designed to give you an array of tastes and textures that make each bite exciting and of course delicious! The bento boxes are not vegan so keep it in mind if you have dietary restrictions!
To wash down the good grub, don’t forget to check out the official Isekai Izakaya Nobu Shōchū! This Japanese liquor goes well with a lot of dishes and it’s a good companion to the izakaya-style food. I reckon it would make a nice omiyage (souvenir) gift too!
There are two options to eat at the Isekai Izakaya Nobu Pop-Up restaurant: all you can eat lunch from 11:30 to 16:00 for 1800￥(2800￥ with all you can drink alcoholic beverages); and all you can eat dinner from 17:00 to 21:00 for 2.800￥ (3800￥ with all you can drink alcoholic beverages). Children can eat for 1000￥ and 1500￥ respectively.
The series creator, Natsuya Semikawa, expressed his desire for foreigner people to be able to try authentic Japanese food despite dietary restrictions.
It was a very enjoyable meal, and I will be back for sure! Please remember to write Isekai Izakaya Nobu Pop-Up restaurant down on your map when you’re visiting Tokyo. Samurai Hostel and Restaurant are both 100% foreigner friendly and, honestly, there’s not a better way to enjoy both Japanese cuisine and manga/anime ambiance! Only 5 minutes away from the gorgeous Senso-Ji.
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