|A few years ago, Izumi’s (2150 N. Prospect Ave.), one of the oldest
Japanese restaurants in the area, relocated to larger quarters just a
block away from its previous spot. A bigger kitchen allowed for the
addition of a robata grill and a special section on the menu for items
prepared on the grill. The menu is divided into niku rui (meat
selections), kaisen rui (seafood) and yasai rui (vegetables). The
veggie items are some of the best on the menu, with dishes not readily
found elsewhere in the city. Hamachi kama is the grilled collar of a
yellowtail snapper, truly delicious and easily eaten with chopsticks.
It’s also a bargain for the price. I always order the enoki maki, tiny
bundles of enoki mushrooms wrapped in a strip of bacon before being
grilled. Then there is nasu, thin slices of Japanese eggplant sprinkled
with bonito flakes. The grilling gives the eggplant an intense flavor.
All around, this is a rewarding menu to explore.