Izakaya Wazou Hitoeni in Temmonkan, Kagoshima, offers creative Japanese cuisine

PUBLISHED Aug 16, 2022

Dishes offered at Wazou Hitoeni

Two months have passed since Izakaya Wazou Hitoeni opened on Ginza-dori, Temmonkan, Kagoshima City.

Formerly a charcoal-grilled yakitori restaurant, it has changed its business format to a creative cookery izakaya serving Japanese cuisine. On June 5, it reopened under a new name. The manager and chef, Shinichiro Anraku, trained at sushi restaurants and Japanese restaurants. Since he is skilled in cooking everything from sashimi to vegetables, beef, pork, chicken, and game meat, he decided to revamp the establishment to offer a wider range of dishes.

The name “hitoeni,” meaning “earnestly,” reflects his desire to dedicate himself to his work. The izakaya has 34 seats in total, including private rooms, tables, terrace seats, and counter seats.

The menu includes assorted sashimi, grilled chicken breast on a ceramic plate, chicken tataki in ponzu, and assorted tempura using seasonal vegetables, priced from 500 yen to 1,200 yen. It also offers a six-course menu that features “Today’s Sashimi” and chicken steak, as well as a seven-course menu that comes with grilled squid and pork steak.

Anraku’s specialty is fish cuisine, and since he has “many years of experience in aging methods,” he encourages customers to try his “matured sashimi.” He added, “I want to make this a place where people come to enjoy themselves even when they have a bad day.”

Opening hours: 11:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. Closed on Tuesdays.

  • Table seating of Izakaya Wazou Hitoeni

  • Inside Izakaya Wazou Hitoeni

  • Counter seating of Izakaya Wazou Hitoeni

  • An example of assorted sashimi

  • Charcoal-grilled chicken wings