Yama Izakaya
1324 Central Ave
Charlotte, NC 28205

Yama Izakaya, located at 1324 Central Ave in Plaza Midwood, is typical of traditional izakayas, serving a wide variety of “small plates”, including Buta Kakuni (pork belly), Gyu Tataki (seared beef steak) and Ankimo (monkfish liver). They feature Yakatori, Ramen, sushi, a lovely complement of entrees and Red Bean Green Tea Black Sesame Ice Cream is among the offerings for dessert. Owned by Birdie Yang, and opened since late 2014, Yama has become a neighborhood favorite. With intimate lighting, and an inventive and unusual décor, it’s the perfect place for date night or gathering with friends to celebrate important events.

What is Izakaya?

Izakayas (居酒屋) are essentially Japanese taverns – It is a casual and friendly drinking restaurant/pub with inexpensive and unique Japanese cuisine.  Our ramen broth are homemade for more than 12hrs, full of nutrition and healthy ingredients.   Uninhibited and welcoming, Izakaya serves mouth-watering, nutritious small plate cooking.  It is a vital venue for socializing and, in these health-conscious times, an increasingly influential culinary force.

Izakaya were traditionally down-to-earth places where people drank sake and beer after work(still is!).   Unlike other styles of eating, food items are usually shared by everyone at the table as in Spanish tapas.  The kitchen will serve the food when it’s ready rather than in formal courses like Western restaurants. Typically a beer is ordered when sitting down before perusing the menu.  Delicately flavored dishes such as edamame or salad are ordered first, followed with progressively more robust flavors such as yakitori or kara-age, finishing the meal with a rice or ramen to fill up.