Better known for its soba and udon noodles, Heisaku (about 5 minutes from Mizuhodai station, on the Tobu-Tojo line) is actually a reasonable izakaya providing a distinct Showa era flavour and generous portions.
Spread across two spacious tatami floors, tables are low, and seating in the form of cushions upon the mats – prolonged sessions can result in discomfort.
The décor is hardly noteworthy, but this izakaya isn’t trying to score points for style.
Popular with locals, Heisaku is not only a venue for a casual dinner or drinking session, but seems also to be favoured for company parties, wakes and other formal gatherings.
The broad menu and generally good quality of food, however, do deserve praise.
Aside from the delicious noodles, the sashimi, simmered fish, tempura and yakitori are all satisfying – the yakitori in particular stands out for its size and rich tare sauce.
The tempura, the huge shrimps in particular, is excellent, although the batter is of a heavier, darker, oilier variety than encountered at more refined tempura restaurants, such as Tsunahachi.
Yariika gesso sashi
Sashimi - maguro, aji, tai
Shirauo no karaage
Tempura moriawase – shrimp, mushrooms, peppers, aubergine
Negima – tare
Negima – shio
Norwegian salmon steamed with mushrooms
Soba – kimono jiru