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Today we went to Higeizakaya. It is a hidden gem on castle road. The restaurant has a cute Japanese façade. It looks very authentic and reminded me of the Izakaya places we visited on holiday in Tokyo and Kyoto.

We ordered a set menu with lots of little courses. This is a great choice if you want to try tons of small dishes. The restaurant has also a board with an impressive list of daily specials. We ordered the set menu and one daily special called scallops with uni.

First a tofu salad was served. The Tofu was so silky and fresh served in a mustard dressing.

After that I had for the first time goose barnacle sashimi. It was delicious! Goose barnacles, also called stalked barnacles or gooseneck barnacles, are filter-feeding crustaceans that live attached to hard surfaces of rocks and flotsam in the ocean.

The goose barnacles where followed by sea urchin, tuna belly and yellow tail sashimi! All extremely fresh and delicious.

Next we tried the puffer fish which is a specialty! It is chewy sweet, salty and tasty and served with mayonnaise, however it is not to my personal liking.

Next were little deep fried cheese pieces. Make sure you wait until they cool down if you don't want to burn your tongue. The cheese was gooey and melted. Delicious!

The next dishes were yakitori- little BBQed food on wood sticks. We had quail eggs, beef tongue, and sausage. The sausage was my favorite!

After the yakitori we had a delicious deep pork cutlet with a nice sweet and sour sauce, it reminded me of a schnitzel.

This dish was followed by an additional order we wanted to try, scallops with sea urchin. I loved that dish! It was creamy delicious and just melted on my tongue.

As a final course of the set menu we had a lovely udon soup with thin beef stripes.

To drink I enjoyed a fresh Japanese apple juice.

I highly recommend Hige Izakaya.


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