Bushido’s Izakaya Sundays: A Taste of Japan

Bahrain Confidential tries out Bushido’s Izakaya Sunday dining experience…

No trip to Japan is complete without trying a variety of dining out experiences. Thankfully, Bushido brought a piece of the country with their Izakaya Sundays.

When the Japanese want to keep their dining social, Izakaya is the style of eating they opt for! Their ubiquity in Japan mirrors the sociable habit of winding down after work to chat over a few drinks. This informal food gathering sees a constant stream of shared dishes being brought to the table.

The aim is to try out as many different menu items as you please, over good conversation! Food is served in small portions, similar to Spanish Tapas and is normally ordered slowly over several courses rather than all at once.

Izakaya dining at Bushido includes a wide variety of signature dishes like the succulent Sashimi Sea Bass, the citrusy Tuna Wakame as well as the warm-to-the-touch Volcano Roll and the melt-in-your-mouth beef tenderloin with teriyaki sauce.

We commenced our dining experience with the deliciously comforting Miso soup. We really enjoyed the warm bowl of this traditional Japanese soup. Navigating the myriad menu options during the night was a delicious adventure. Some dishes are traditional snacks: gyoza, yakitori; tataki. Others, such as the fiery-famour Rock Shrimp Tempura, veer into the fusion category.

There is a separate menu for the Maki, Nigiri and Sashimi. The maki selection consists of Crunchy Roll, California Roll, Spicy Tuna Roll, Crazy Roll, Tempura Roll, Omega Salmon Roll and Sunrise Roll. You can also choose between the Avocado Salad and the Shredded Crab Salad if you want something on the lighter side.

In a feeble attempt to balance the seafood items we had, the Chicken Gyoza was a refreshing intermission. The Rock Shrimp Tempura and Angus Beef Tenderloin, however, were the knockouts among the other bites. There’s also Salmon Fried Rice or Grilled Corn for those who want some grains.

Talk about saving the best for last, we absolutely enjoyed the variety of desserts. Bushido’s homemade ice cream has flavours ranging from tiramisu and coconut to pineapple and green tea. Mini Carrot Cake, Cherry Sorbet, a Mini Fruit Platter are also some of the other sweet options.

Bushido’s Izakaya Sundays is the perfect choice for catching up with coworkers, friends or loved ones after work over small talk and remarkable treats. For only BD14.5++ per person, guests can re-order dishes as many times as they like – now, what’s better than an invitation to impressive, unlimited Japanese cuisine?