Some sleek, high-priced sushi palaces serve gold-flaked rolls and omakase feasts fit for an emperor, but this unassuming Allston eatery on the outer limb of the B Line is a real standout for both cuisine and cost. In the spirit of a true izakaya, an informal Japanese gastropub, its fare is fun, cheap and shareable. Try yakitori skewers of bacon-wrapped okra, and okonomiyaki, a pizza-like pancake bearing meats, pickled veggies and splatters of Worcestershire sauce, washed down with green apple-flavored sake cocktails. It’s perfectly unpretentious.
1414 Comm. Ave., Boston • (617) 608-3630
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