The Izakaya might most easily be described as a Japanese tapas bar or gastropub. The tradition has its origins in sake shops that allowed customers to drink on site: i means “stay” and sakaya means “sake shop.” These evolved into lively, democratic restaurants where anyone could share servings inspired by almost all styles of Japanese cuisine — from street food to sushi and sashimi — and choose from a vast selection of ice-cold beer, wine, and, of course, sake.
Founded by two longtime friends and Copenhagen locals — one born in Denmark, the other in Japan — Jah Izakaya & Sake Bar is a labor of love many years in the making. On their travels to major metropolises abroad, Jonas Hartz and Satoru Inoue became obsessed with the conviviality and comfort of Japanese izakaya.
Back home in Copenhagen, where the restaurant scene was booming, they wondered why their city didn’t have one yet. They contacted long time friend and collaborator Christian Lytje and the idea for Jah Izakaya & Sake Bar was born.
Their restaurant is a faithful interpretation of the izakaya that also embraces the ideas that have made the Danish capital one of the world’s most vibrant dining destinations. Therefore, in addition to serving a permanent list of classic dishes like fried chicken, sashimi, dumplings, and tender pork belly, our chef crafts a constantly rotating “seasonal menu” that draws on the best produce nearby biodynamic farms offer and the most pristine seafood on the market. In its emphasis on some of the most exciting natural sake and winemakers working today, our beverage list is also distinct from most izakaya.
The eating experience is simple and unintimidating. Order some dishes to share, have as many drinks as you like, enjoy the Jah music, and don’t worry about behaving yourself too much.
An izakaya can be many things, but never boring.
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Jah Izakaya & Sake Bar offers a small, but carefully selected wine list of small house producers of delicious natural and organic wines. We have chosen to source our wines from some of Copenhagens best specialised wine importers within the field, and natural wine is a good match with the style of food served at Jah Izakaya & Sake Bar.
Red, white, sparkling or orange, we want our wines to reflect the attitude of the kitchen: clean, honest, well made and delicious.
Japanese izakayas and sake belong together. Sake is a sophisticated and very nuanced product with a delightful uplifting effect which, in contrast to most traditional wines, is perfectly complimentary to the subtle flavours of Japanese cuisine – especially Izakaya.
Jah Izakaya & Sake Bar offers a wide selection of sake - from high end Junmai to the unique, unfiltered “natural sakes”.
If sake alone is not enough, our list also includes a fine selection of Shōchū and Japanese whisky.
Jah Izakaya & Sake Bar also loves beer, why we have developed a unique beer in collaboration with the magnificent Beer Here and Penyllan Brewery on the Danish island Bornholm.
Jah Beer is a light IPA With notes of fresh yuzu and Japanese hops that compliments the flavors of the food of Jah perfectly. Best served as draft beer in a frozen glass, or to take away by the bottle.
By the bottle we also offer the Jamaican beer Red Stripe, since after all - we are a Japanese reggae bar.