Hands down, the best drink establishment in Okayama Prefecture.
Review for Okayama Prefecture's Restaurant Guide
As you wander the streets of Nonogawa's traditional district in the evening, you spot a red lantern hanging from one of the small shop/residences, announcing the casual, down home, friendly, and inexpensive type of izakaya. A blue noren banner in front of the door says Banzai in bold katakana script. The name may be a tad audacious for a rural town, but it brings a smile from newcomers, like us. tanuki statue greets you as he holds up a bottle of sake. It couldn't have just winked, could it? When you peek in the bar's window, all but one of the dozen seats is occupied. The tempting scent of grilling meat entices you to enter. Instantly, you're greeted with a hearty, "Irasshaimase!" and you take the empty seat at the counter where you can watch today's special, yakitori, being prepared and chat with the proprietor.
Noren by Kentaro Ohno (AWV modified)
When you receive your order, the chicken is grilled to perfection, and the recommended yuzu sake from the town's own Nagashima Brewery is an excellent pairing. — ★★★★½ Dr. Aya Ginji, restaurant critic and local physician
The Barkeep / OwnerNoda Futoshi's hospitality will make you feel right at home as soon as you step inside. He's quite outgoing, but it's the kind where he uses his energy to focus on others.
Noda grilling yakitori and chatting with his regulars.
LegacyBanzai isn't about fantastic adventures, the atmosphere, or even the excellent food and drink. It's about connections. More lifelong friendships have been created in the pub than anywhere else in Nonogawa.
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