Usually, the Going Out Guide looks for this thing you should try, singular. But if you want to eat dinner at Daikaya's brand-new izakaya, you'll be trying a lot of things. The bar's menu features shareable small plates, and they are small: unlike a regular tapas portion, it's really just a few bites. They're priced a little cheaper than the typical dish at a tapas restaurant, though, so you can order a lot of choices. A dinner for two might end up being 10 dishes, including dessert. Among them, here are some things you should try:
Wasabi octopus with wasabi sprouts, green apple and Arbequina olive oil: A really delicate dish. The octopus is raw, and the tartness of the apple plays off the quick burn of the wasabi. ($5.50)
Ankimo with miso escalivada: Try this thing because it's an unusual dish -- in fact, like the octopus, it's listed under the "Unusual Dishes" section of Daikaya's menu. Ankimo is monkfish liver, a "controversial delicacy" because the species is overfished. It's really rich, so Daikaya's small portions are beneficial here. Surrounding it, the miso escalivada is an array of grilled eggplant, onion, tomato and red pepper. ($8.50)
Sesame panna cotta: The best word to describe it is "earthy." Perfect for someone who doesn't like dessert to be too sweet. ($3.75)
This Thing You Should Read: The menus at Daikaya's izakaya are glued to Japanese magazines and comics, which is a stroke of brilliance. They're great a conversation starter for the table, especially when you get one with some poorly-translated English. Our menu, Glitter Magazine, devoted a 10-page spread to paparazzi photos of Amanda Seyfried wearing different types of shorts. In the life advice section, there were tips about "Marry in net meeting with a view to marriage method," and my favorite: "Glitter diva rules about mind: Lesson because of damaged well."