Originally Posted by tintinium
MY problem with izakayas is that they're all so darned expensive... maybe I'll try zakkusshi
It all depends on what you order. You can get a interesting, filling meal of different tapas for $10-15 per person, without alcohol. if you are with 2 or 3 ppl, then you can get more plates and try more things.
Zakkushi can be expensive, esp if you indulge in their specialty, the barbeque. we tend to get just a few, with some onigiri to help space things out. The Jyako salad is also quite delicate, without busting the budget (daikon salad).
Guu is a perinnial favorite, I do agree the Bute one is the best of them all. Go for the Yakiudon, IMO their specialty.
Kingyo is good to impress a date. IMO a little more upscale, with pricing to match.
Although not a izakaya, I also like kintaro ramen. a really good, cheap ramen. Easy to find, just look for the long line-up...
Not a big fan of hapa izakaya - it seems a little contrived. It's a place where hotels send tourists to try izakayas. They do mix it up with more pan asian dishes, but don't frequent it as much as others.
Toratsu is a new izakaya on Denman - wasn't impressed. Prices are a little more premium, but the food (what we tried, anyway) wasn't spectacular. Not that busy either...
Certainly lower Robson is great for new restaurants and izakayas. Always a few new ones opening, with a large base of budget-conscious hipster language students - a great combo, compared to the overpriced and stuffy Yaletown places....