New eats: Izakaya Naru


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By Mari Taketa

Three things I know about Naru before I set foot in the door:

  • — Zero buzz, at least in English.
  • — It’s straight out of Tokyo, where this company already has four izakaya.
  • — Every izakaya in this choice spot next to University TCBY — Hanabi, and before that Bamboo, and before that Takojaya — has been very good, and every one has closed.
  • Which brings us to Naru. Open since October, and so popular (and tiny) I can’t get in without a reservation. Highly intriguing. Irresistible, actually. I make two reservations.

    Izakaya Naru
    2700 S. King St.