Iyasare in Berkeley, California, invites guests to experience a bit of Japan in the most simplistic yet nourishing way possible...through food. Through Iyasare’s menu, Executive Chef Shotaro Kamio desires to relay the various textures and tastes that he experienced eating food as a boy in Japan.
Patrons are encouraged to sit down, relax, and enjoy authentic Japanese cuisine in a comforting, welcoming environment. At Iyasare, food is about familiarity. Even if it is someone's first time eating at Iyasare or eating Japanese food in general, the goal is to use food to connect people. That is what Iyasare does, by offering authentic Japanese food for all to enjoy in Berkeley.
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Reservations are not required at Iyasare, but they are highly recommended, especially for groups of four or more guests. Reservations can be made online with a valid credit card at the Iyasare website up to 60 days in advance. Iyasare requests that patrons honor their reservations by arriving on time. If guests anticipate a late arrival, a courtesy call is requested so that the guests’ reservation can be placed for the next available seating.
A 48-hour notice is required for the cancellation of reservations. Reservations that are not cancelled within 48-hours are subject to a charge of $30 per person if Iyasare cannot rebook the reservation. The charge will be placed against the credit card used to book the reservation, and the customer will receive a credit for their next visit to Iyasare.
The menu at Iyasare consists of authentic Japanese cuisine. Flavorful simplicity is what best describes the items on the Iyasare menu. Some of the menu offerings for both lunch and dinner are as follows.
· Lunch - Farm & Field: Kaiso salad, little gem Caesar salad, Ichiba salad; small plates: kakiage tempura, roasted Scottish salmon, kara-age Japanese fried chicken, sashimi salad; donburi: hamachi and salmon poke don, unagi don, and hamachi don; ramen: vegetarian, sendai miso and charshu miso; sides.
· Dinner - Daily Osusume: grilled octopus, bacon-wrapped mochi, nasu miso; tempura: kakiage, anago, agedaashi; sumi grill/pan roasted/sauté: seared wild scallops, poached Alaskan miso cod, buta asari, sumi niku, and spicy mentaiko spaghetti.
· Drink - Cocktails, Japanese whiskey, assorted sake, wine by the glass, bottle, and on tap, beer on tap and bottle; a variety of loose leaf teas, French press coffee, sparkling water, ginger beer, sodas.
Iyasare offers limited use of its restaurant for private dining. Parties that are interested in using Iyasare for a private dining experience are encouraged to contact the restaurant directly at (510) 845-8100.
Gift cards are available for purchase for Iyasare through OpenTable. Gift cards can be sent to the recipient via email or via physical mail for an additional fee. Gift cards are available in denominations from $20 to $250.
Iyasare, 1830 Fourth Street, Berkeley, CA 94710, Phone: 510-845-8100
(Last Updated on October 18, 2017)