Ittoku is a real Japanese izakaya in Brighton

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Izakaya Ittoku is a new Japanese restaurant in Brighton. Unlike many restaurants that claim the title, Ittoku hews to the true izakaya spirit. It’s a place to drink sake and beer while snacking on reasonably priced yakitori (skewers of chicken and other ingredients), sashimi, and much more. The menu features dishes rarely seen in these parts, from omusoba (fried noodles wrapped in an omelet) to ochazuke (rice with broth and toppings) to takoyaki (fried octopus balls). Featuring brick walls and amber lighting, the restaurant is decorated with red lanterns and red banners that say “yakitori” in Japanese. Sake bottles are on display, and in the back a chef wields a sharp knife, preparing skewers of chicken. Friends converse in Japanese as a J-pop soundtrack swells.

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