I was feeling super hungry Sunday, so I text my friend and we ended up trying the new Izakaya spot in Transcona.
I’ve seen all their beautiful posts on their Instagram!
They looked so delicious!
Restaurant: Yuu Izakaya
Where: 1599 Regent Ave W, Winnipeg, MB R2C 3B3
When: Sunday, August 13, 2017 @ 1pm
Known for: New Izakaya in the part of the city. Ramen, fresh sushi.
Again, I don’t know much history of the restaurant, but if you want some background on Japanese food, check out my interview with my friend Jeremy: A Traveller’s Guide to Eating in Japan
It’s located at the corner of Lagimodere and Regent, so only one entrance to get in – but when you do, there’s plenty of free parking.
Walking inside I noticed it was a bit dark (we had beautiful, sunny weather on Sunday), however, my friend told me that this is the style of an Izakaya. The server welcomed us, and we were able to choose our own table. There was only one other group of customers on the other side of the restaurant.
Checking out the menu, they had a lot to offer! You get a laminated sheet to check off what you’d like and present that to the server. Great for introverts like me.
We always love tataki, so we were searching for this on their menu.
However, we couldn’t find any.
Next, best thing was an item “Salmon Carpaccio”. So we checked this off as well as standard shrimp tempura.
It was a hot day, so we didn’t opt for ramen, and decided on sushi.
Picked a couple rolls; Atlantic roll, butterfly, spicy salmon maki, and Negi toro (fatty tuna with green onion)
The wait wasn’t too long for our appetizers; the salmon carpaccio and shrimp tuna came out and looked delicious! The shrimp tempura, however, was not your usual tempura you’d see at other sushi restaurants. Rather they use large prawns and have a crispy, non-flaky batter and a side of spicy mayo and teriyaki.
The rolls came shortly after, and sadly to say, they didn’t really look like their Instagram pictures.
So, the pictures might make them look delicious, but they were just. OK.
The rolls were not very “tight” ie. loose rice. And the Negi toro was totally not what I was thinking would come out. Normally Negi toro ends up being chopped up fatty tuna with green onion. This one had seared salmon on the inside, tuna on top, and green onion sprinkled everywhere.
The saving roll was the salmon maki. Pretty standard, fresh fish, and probably Siracha on top.
But, at $6+ a roll, not sure if it was worth it.
Speed of Service: 4/5
Overall: 63%. Maybe skip the sushi and try their ramen.
I know they’ve just opened not too long ago and definitely will have time to grow and perfect their craft.