Isekai Izakaya: Japanese Food From Another World
Review by: John Fragglepuss Evans
Genre: Fantasy, Slice of Life, Food, Isekai
First Aired: Spring 2018, 24 episodes
Summary: Nobu Izakaya is a simple restaurant staffed by two people: chef Nobuyuki Yazawa and server Shinobu Senke. It appears to be a standard Japanese izakaya, but it is somehow mysteriously connected to a medieval city, “Aiteria”, from another world! Even from the other side, Nobu is an unassuming restaurant that does not appear to be anything special at first glance. However, once patrons from the medieval city come inside and taste the delectable cuisine, they are hooked. Nobu is Aiteria’s best kept secret, even though its food comes from modern Japan!
Isekai Izakaya is a perfect example of how anime can create the most appetizing dishes through animation. Watching each episode makes me salivate as I watch the cuisine being served alongside a perfect drink pairing. To top it off, they show a live action version of how to cook some of the dishes from the episode after the credits. If you are an aspiring chef, or a novice looking to learn more, you can learn how to make some of the most appetizing Japanese cuisine.
This series is great because each episode runs about half length of a standard series, which is a good length for the subject matter. The chef cooks delicious meals for the patrons from the medieval world, they fawn over the exquisite nature of it, an amusing side story unfolds, and then the episode ends. It is a formula that I could watch all day.
You might enjoy this if: You are a fan of live action cooking shows and want an anime version of it.
You might not like it if: You want a typical progressive anime story line with drama galore.
Note to the Viewer: I mentioned it above, but make sure to watch until the very end of each episode to see the post credits scenes.
Isekai Izakaya Opening