Sample Seasonal Sake and Japanese Small Plates at Tsubaki, the Echo Park Izakaya

Sample Seasonal Sake and Japanese Small Plates at Tsubaki, the Echo Park Izakaya

Tsubaki, the new izakaya in Echo Park, features a seasonal section of sakes, which is especially fun, showcasing special sakes that are particular to the time of year. Much of the food is a simple celebration of the ingredients at hand. Hiramasa sashimi is cut into fat slabs of silky fish and presented naked, with a touch of wasabi on the side. Chicken meatballs seem as if they've been created to distill the idea of chicken-y-ness, their juicy poultry essence ramped up by the addition of a runny egg yolk that you use as a rich dipping sauce. A couple of dishes might serve as an entire meal, such as a hearty bowl of curry soba noodles, or a simmered New York strip steak with mushrooms, but almost everything is best suited to sharing and nibbling.


Tsubaki, the new izakaya in Echo Park, features a seasonal section of sakes, which is especially fun, showcasing special sakes that are particular to the time of year. Much of the food is a simple celebration of the ingredients at hand. Hiramasa sashimi is cut into fat slabs of silky fish and presented naked, with a touch of wasabi on the side. Chicken meatballs seem as if they've been created to distill the idea of chicken-y-ness, their juicy poultry essence ramped up by the addition of a runny egg yolk that you use as a rich dipping sauce. A couple of dishes might serve as an entire meal, such as a hearty bowl of curry soba noodles, or a simmered New York strip steak with mushrooms, but almost everything is best suited to sharing and nibbling.
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