The food here is excellent at least on my visit.
It is a typical subtle Kansai region taste as opposed to the stronger flavoured Kanto Tokyo region taste.
If you are looking for big meals, forget it, Kirazu is catering for a typical Japanese Izakaya experience. Food will not be served quickly as it gets busier and this is typical for a one man operation so if you come in a large group expect to wait.
Yuya San is an excellent cook, and no... I don't know him.
To be able to prepare and cook to that level, on his own, on a very busy friday night and still produce quality tasty food requires talent.
Our waitress/s was excellent and maybe Yuya San had some issues with previous staff in the past but I didn't see it, only in so much as making sure the staff were on the ball with remembering orders etc.
My partner is Japanese and is particularly fussy regarding food. Her happy face said it all.
Yuya's business card refers to himself as Itamae 板前 - Chef - which is a traditional way of describing oneself and is not often used nowadays.
This is authentic Japanese Izakaya food and if you don't like it.....go to Yo-Sushi and drown your food with soya sauce and wasabi!
Just a note but ramen is not available on the menu anymore as of Dec 2014
- Visited December 2014