Nagomi Izakaya opens on M Street in Dupont/West End – Check Out Their Menu

1990 M Street, NW

Nagomi Izakaya has opened in the former TakEatEasy space on M Street. Their website says:

“What is an Izakaya “居酒屋” ?

An izakaya is a type of Japanese drinking establishment that serves food to accompany the drinks. It serves as a gathering place for good drinks, good food and good times.

We are a family owned and operated restaurant located in the heart of Washington, D.C. We chose the izakaya concept because it is something we are familiar with. The idea of having a place to go to unwind after work and grab good drinks and great food is something we enjoy and wanted to bring to the neighborhood. We hope to see you soon!

Monday to Saturday
11:30am – 2:30pm

Monday to Thursday
5:00pm – 10:00pm
Friday & Saturday
5:00pm – 11:00pm”

Check out their menus:

Lunch_Menu_Nov_2014 (PDF)

Dinner_Menu_Nov_2014 (PDF)

23 Comment

  • Wait. No Firecracker Philadelphia Roll with cream cheese, gravlax, and Sriracha?

  • I really want to like this place – I love an Izakaya, and it’s close to my office. But there are two red flags here: (1) the menu has photos of the food on it; (2) the photos are bad (good food photography is tough, folks!). That said, I’m pretty excited about the lunch selections and will try to check it out next week. I hope my red flags are misplaced!

    • Yes, let us judge food based on the photos on the menu. I guess that’s one way to bias your views.

    • So using photos to attract folks who’ve never been to an izakaya is your idea of a bad marketing decision? I think it’s an excellent idea . Or did you just want props for having more experience with eating at an izakaya than the rest of us?

      • +1
        Pretty sure Le Diplomate doesn’t have photos of their food on the menu and they never seem to be lacking for patrons.

        • Maybe they’re hoping to attract patrons beyond the frat boys who did a junior year abroad on daddy’s dime?

      • I Dont Get It

        I appreciate the pictures since I’m unfamiliar with this cuisine. Having said that I didn’t need a picture to know that I would never order the Mini Una Don (BBQ eel and a half boiled egg) Ugh!

        • I Dont Get It

          I agree that some of the pics weren’t very good but maybe that’s a sign that the owners are concentrating on the quality of the food not the pics.

        • I’m not a huge fan of unagi (eel), but it’s actually not as weird as you might think. A lot of people really like it — not that that means you’d necessarily like it, but it’s not as “out there” in taste/texture as some Japanese items I can think of. Like uni (urchin). *shudder*

    • In Japan, it’s pretty standard in eateries to have pictures of the food. Or did you not already know that?

      • Exactly – it would be even more authentic if they had plastic versions of the dishes in the front window.

        • Latex food models are REALLY expensive. They’re all made and painted by hand. Of course, once they’ve spent $14k on authentic food models Yelpers would complain that although the models were “very unique” and “not uninspired” they didn’t “knock their socks off.”

          • Ha! Indeed… I always enjoy the models – particularly ones for things like spaghetti, with a noodle on a fork suspended in mid air!

  • This place is basic, but quite good. Nothing fancy or ornate here, just good, fresh, well-made Japanese food.

  • Ooh, this looks promising! SparklyKittyTacos, we need to go test this place out…

    • Absolutely! The menu actually looks like a real izakaya menu. 😀 I’ve been dying for some good Hokke but had given up on finding it anywhere in the area!

  • OMG! They have zaru-soba!!

  • Chinese Cafe, which occupied that spot for years, is the place I REALLY miss. You could get a HUGE pile of healthy-ish food (lots of Broccoli) for less than $5. I have fond memories of sitting next to the local street guys getting a good lunch for a nice price. Now…not so much. If I’m gonna pay $10 for lunch, it better be good.

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