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Shoya Izakaya Restaurant Review: Shoya Izakaya’s menu features a bewildering range of well-prepared small plates. In addition, watch for board specials posted on the left as you enter the establishment. Little dishes include kushiyaki --- skewered and grilled offerings --- such as pork belly with either sea salt or teriyaki (the sauce made in house, of course), or succulent, thinly sliced octopus. A long strip of sweet Pacific salmon belly comes with crisp skin and juicy flesh. Tuck into the pork yakisoba with egg ramen noodles, ample for a solo diner to enjoy as a meal. Vegetarians will dine nicely, from appetizers to vegetable tempura. The menu generally does not bend to American tastes, except in the case of some salads and desserts (ice cream). Complement your meal with a shochu selection proposed on an extensive list; we enjoyed the sweet potato-based chilled Kirishima, good company with the food. This is a good spot for a group of friends to gather and explore various unfamiliar libations and cocktails --- but then that’s the idea behind the izakaya.