Growing up I was taught not to eat with my hands or pick at different foods. Some decades later, I’m encouraged to do both. In Greece they call it ‘Meze’; in Spain it’s known as Tapas; the Italians they do Cincchetti. And in the Izakayas of Japan, small plates rule the kitchen. Why have just one dish, when you can have the rock shrimp tempura, daikon wrapped gyozas, the venison donburi and okonomiyki pancake, Osaka style? Shared amongst friends it’s a veritable tasting platter. Go to Yumi Izakaya if not for the incredible morsels of tastebud teasers, then for the delicious selection of quality sakes.
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