Korean food-stall-style izakaya in Tenmonkan, Kagoshima, offers Sakurajima-themed bulgogi

PUBLISHED Feb 6, 2023

Sakurajima Bulgogi from the Korean food-stall-style izakaya Pocha

Three months have passed since Pocha, a Korean food-stall-style izakaya, opened in Tenmonkan, Kagoshima City.

Pocha opened on the first floor of the Caparvo Building on October 22 last year. Yuichi Nakamura, who runs the Korean dining restaurant Living in Yamanokuchicho, opened the izakaya with the idea of “providing a place where people can enjoy the atmosphere of Korean dramas.” The name means “food stall” in Korean.

The interior of the izakaya, designed to resemble a Korean food stall, has seven seats in total, including table and counter seats. Nakamura, who often visits South Korea himself, purchased the red and blue tables and chairs there. When the weather gets warmer, he plans to set up tables outside.

The menu includes Bulgogi (Korean BBQ beef: from 2,200 yen per person), Chizimi (Korean pancakes: from 600 yen), and Tteokbokki (spicy rice cakes: 500 yen). The recommendation is Sakurajima Bulgogi (3,300 yen per person), made with black Wagyu beef and Korean glass noodles, topped with enoki mushrooms that look like a plume of smoke. Other dishes on the menu include Budae-jjigae (spicy sausage stew), Yangnyeom chicken (sweet and spicy fried chicken), and Korean-style Oden hot pot. Alcoholic beverages include Jinro, Makgeolli, beer, and shochu.

Nakamura added, “We welcome solo customers. Please come and enjoy the Korean food stall atmosphere.”

Opening hours: 4:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

  • Exterior view of Pocha

  • Inside Pocha

  • Inside Pocha

  • Dish examples seved at Pocha