Irori Chaya

Muko

Mar 3, 2017

To my knowledge, Irori Chaya is the only restaurant in Japan that serves a dried fish buffet!

What is dried fish? Dried fish is freshly caught fish that has been soaked in salt water, and then dried in the sun. This is a traditional Japanese method that preserves and retains the flavors of the fish.

And guess what? Izu, Japan, happens to be the kingdom of dried fish! While you’ll find many dried food shops all around, none serves a dried fish buffet like Irori Chaya.

Here’s what you expect at the shop. First, choose your food items, like the type of fish and vegetables (about 2,000 yen). Then, grill them over a nearby Hibachi (traditional Japanese grill). To be honest, the experience of grilling dried fish over an actual fireplace is quite rare, even for Japanese!

Irori Chaya is the reason why many tourists flock to Atami Izu. It’s not every day that you get to sit around a fireplace and watch your food cook slowly, while you sip and enjoy some sake!

私の知る限り日本で唯一の干物バイキング

四方を海に囲まれた日本には、獲った魚をすぐに捌き海水でしめ、天日乾燥させる「干物」と
呼ばれる調理法があります。

この干物は魚の旨みを凝縮させる日本人の知恵であり、伊豆地域は干物文化の王国と言えます。

数ある干物屋の中でも、ここ熱海の囲炉裏茶屋は、バイキング形式(*2000円程度~)で自分の好きな干物や
野菜を選び、席にある”囲炉裏=hibachi"で焼いて食べることができる珍しいお店。

実は日本人にとって、囲炉裏で干物を焼く体験は希少であり、このお店のためだけに伊豆熱海に
旅行する観光客も多いです。

囲炉裏を囲み、ゆっくり焼きあがる食材を眺めながら日本酒をお楽しみあれ!

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