Hidden down an alleyway off bustling James Street lies Oi Izakaya, a Japanese eatery that is here to blow your winter blues away. With an unassuming entrance, one foot inside and you’ll feel like you’ve stumbled upon a legit izakaya in a small Asian village.
The menu is designed to be shared so you have permission to go crazy and order a whole bunch of their mouth-watering creations. Think karaage chicken, pork gyozas, yakisoba (a traditional fried noodle dish) and okonomiyaki, available with pork belly, thinly sliced beef or seafood (prawn and calamari).
Post meal and to stave off the impending food coma, slink off to the bar, hidden at the back of the eatery. There you’ll find beers, cocktails, sake and 25 varieties of Japanese whisky.
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