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Kyushu's (Jiangsu Lu)
    • ADDRESS:
      九州场日式料理店
      458 Jiangsu Lu,
      near Yuyuan Lu
      江苏路458号, 近愚园路
    • PHONE:
      6174 0717
    • WECHAT:
      -
    • AREA:
      Changning
    • METRO:
      5 mins walk from Jiangsu Rd
    • HOURS:
      Daily, 11am-2.30pm, 5pm-midnight
    • CARDS:
      Alipay, WeChat
    • WEB:
      -
    • SmartShanghai.com Editor's Description
      Japanese Izakaya. Often crowded but the dishes come fast.
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    • What is it a good fact about any Izakaya? Other than the Japanese tapas, the fast service and the COLD –and cheap- beer. I know Kyushu Izakaya on Jiangsu Road is pretty popular among the Changning residents and the office working people of the area, so if you go on weekdays or weekends you might have to wait a little.

      Warm and relaxed vibe plus Japanese music playlist makes you enjoy a comfortable meal that feels really authentic. Wide menu –with English translation- and appetizing dishes for more than affordable prices.

      If you go for the grilled skewers it will get hard to make a selection. My friend and I chose beef tongue, shiitake mushroom, chicken wings and chicken with cheese. The salmon sashimi is super fresh. Special mention to the grilled avocado with mayonnaise on top, so delicious! The teriyaki eel, grilled squid and the vegetables tempura were well achieved and tasty. All that food and beers for 320 RMB.

      As I said, the menu is vast so next time I will give a try to the ramen and the fried stuff which I heard is also good.

      There are many similar Izakaya-style like this one in town but this is a little over the average compared to the rest. Go and give it a try!

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    • Sometimes you need a restaurant in your life to pat you on the back, give you a cold beer, and just send you on your way feeling better. That’s what Kyushu’s is. If you’re in the neighborhood and looking for a convivial atmosphere, a boozy dinner to start a night-out, or just some solid Japanese-style grilled food and beer, Kyushu’s is your friend.

      It’s usually busy, especially on weekends, which gives it a reliably good atmosphere. It’s also colorful, with walls covered with Japanese posters and TVs showing random pan-Asian soap operas. It’s pretty cozy, and just on the right side of kitsch.  

      Food is – stuff that goes well with beer. Think barbecued meat and vegetable skewers, fried chicken, grilled fish. I prefer going in groups, ordering a bunch of skewers and dishes to split and covering a lot of ground on the menu. As at any Japanese grill, the mackerel is a must. There are particular items they really excel at (the chicken skin skewers are great examples of the form, better than a lot of other places) but it’s generally just what you’d expect from a better-than-average Japanese BBQ joint. Which is no bad thing.

      The menu covers a wide range too, which is a bonus – it’s good for boozy, hours-long weekend group dinners, but also a decent shout for a cheap, in-and-out solo bowl of ramen. The spicy tonkatsu is decent. 

      It’s a low-stakes spot that’s always satisfying, and always a good time. It’s dependable. That’s why, despite often swearing I prefer other places that do a similar thing, I keep going back.  

       

      Price: RMB 170-200 per person, including drinks.

      Summary: Standard issue Japanese izakaya in Changning district, serving up decent grilled skewers, cold Asahi, and good vibes. There are better ones out there, but this is a great option for the area. Usually busy, so doesn’t hurt to reserve.

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