Craft Izakaya has opened in the new-new Krog St Market. It’s been rocking for a few weeks now, with some people making a dozen visits to my lowly one. I’ve been out of town and/or sick for nearly the last three weeks, so I’m eager to hit up some restaurants, and lately there are plenty of new options to try.
As always, I will preface that the owner of Craft Izakaya is a friend, one I’ve made through a few years of visits to Sushi Huku, his other restaurant, a more traditional sushi-ya.
For maybe two years Jey has told me about the restaurant he wanted to open, with a full bar, yakitori, and “elevated” offerings where he wanted to up his game.
Based on what I saw going on in the restaurant, and based on the huge grin on Jey’s face, from a guy who just worked an eighty hour week and loved every minute of it, I think he’s on his way to great success.
The menu is relevant and great for sharing and snacking and drinking and having a good time – the soul of an izakaya. Service is getting their bearings a bit, but that could be easily improved. Cocktails were very good. The boozy bubble tea put me on my ass.
The Krog Street Market is shaping up nicely; I recently had some nice desserts at The Luminary, which is right next door.
I can’t wait to return.
Yakitori (meatball, heart)
Whole baby flounder (“I ate the bones!!!”)
Chef/Owner Jey Oh at end – there were many Huku regulars there.
Boozy “bubble” tea
Nate Shuman on the bar side on the interior of the market.