Jah Izakaya & Sake Bar represents a beloved Japanese restaurant style – the izakaya – in Copenhagen.

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 “zakaya”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.

SOUL FOOD

In 2016 one of the first Japanese restaurants in Copenhagen, Omonim had to close down because of a well deserved retirement of the original owners. Their daughter Ulla Inoue and her husband Satoru, together with their two long time friends decided to inherit the restaurant. Ulla who was the daughter of a lineage of izakaya owners, grew up in an environment with strong ties to the rich culinary culture of Osaka. Back home in Copenhagen, where the restaurant scene was booming, they wondered why the Japanese izakaya style was not that well known and this became the beginning of Jah Izakaya & Sake Bar.

Their restaurant is a faithful interpretation of the izakaya that embraces the idea of a harmonious combination of local Danish biodynamic and organic produce, with authentic Japanese izakaya recipes. In addition to serving a permanent list of classic dishes like fried chicken (karaage), sashimi, agedashi tofu, and gyoza, our chefs craft a constantly rotating “seasonal menu” that draws on the best seasonal ingredients and the most pristine seafood on the market.

The eating experience is simple and unintimidating. Order some dishes to share, have as many drinks as you like, enjoy the Jah music which represents our love for reggae, and don’t worry about behaving yourself too much. An izakaya can be many things, but never boring.

MENU

All dishes are served with no particular order - a typical japanese izakaya style.We recommend 3-5 dishes per person and sharing.

THE CLASSICS

  • Edamame

    40 kr.

  • Steamed Rice

    40 kr.

    High grade Koshi Hikari rice.

  • Gyoza

    110 kr.

    Japanese dumplings with organic pork (5 pieces).

  • Potato Salada

    60 kr.

    Japanese style organic potato salad.

  • Sashimi

    195 kr.

    The chef’s choice of fresh fish. Ask staff for more information.

  • Ai’s Kimchi

    60 kr.

    Our homemade kimchi.

  • Agedashi Tofu (also available vegan).

    95 kr.

    Fried tofu with our own dashi by Shinya Ito.

  • Ika Ichiyaboshi

    105 kr.

    Grilled and semidried danish squid with Japanese mayo.

  • Tori no Karaage

    135 kr.

    Japanese deep fried free range chicken from Rokkedahl.

  • Gyutataki

    125 kr.

    Japanese style organic beef carpaccio with yuzu vinaigrette and Japanese mayo.

  • Gyukatsu

    195 kr.

    Japanese style deep fried organic beef steak in panko.

THE SEASONALS

  • Jah Rice

    70 kr.

    Koshi Hikari rice with trout roe.

  • Oyster Tempura

    140 kr.

    Fried oysters with shiso and chirizu.

  • Yakibitashi

    100 kr.

    Veggies served in kombu dashi.

  • Salada

    70 kr.

    Seasonal salad.

  • Karei no Teriyaki

    120 kr.

    Charcoal grilled halibut with teriyaki.

  • Hiramasa Yakishimo

    150 kr.

    Raw kingfish with citrus.

  • Vegan Gyoza

    110 kr.

    Dumplings with mushrooms and tofu.

  • Chicken Nanban

    135 kr.

    Fried chicken with nanban sauce.

  • Yakimeshi

    120 kr.

    Fried rice with Chashu (pork).

  • The Specials

    -- kr.

    Today's special dishes. Ask staff for more info.

DESSERT

  • Houjicha Ice Cream

    50 kr.

    Ice cream from roasted, green tea.

  • Seasonal Sorbet

    50 kr.

    Ask the staff for details.

SET MENUES

  • OMAKASE Tasting Menu

    450 kr.

    The chef’s selection of a balanced tasting menu (also available in a pescetarian version). Price is per person and minimum order is two menus.

  • SAKE Tasting Menu

    220 kr.

    Try three kinds of sake along with your food.

OUR HEAD CHEF

Gentaro Kimura

Head Chef at Jah Izakaya

Our humble shadow samurai who has been the loyal wingman since the beginning of Jah.

Gentaro’s origin is from the most southern part of Japan called Kyushu, where people are known for their tenacity and kindness.

Gentaro and our amazing kitchen staff team is the spirit that provides the authenticity and creativity of the Jah soul food.

DRINKS

WINE

France, Spain, Italy...

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.

SAKE

Japan

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-BEER

Bornholm

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 izakaya.

SAKE

"If I sell my rags
And buy some sake
Will there still be loneliness?"

- Taneda Santōka

  • Kokoro

    Gl 60 kr.

    Ohta Shuzo, Shiga

    Junmai Nama Genshu. Full-bodied, slightly dry sake. Rich combination oof umami, and light aroma.

  • Kido Ginjo

    Gl 65 kr.

    Heiwa Shuzo, Wakayama.

    Junmai Ginjo. Entry-level ginjo sake - fruity and elegant.

  • Jah One Love

    Gl 75 kr.

    Terada Honke Shuzo, Chiba.

    Junmai Muroka Nama Genshu. Original sake made exclusively for Jah by Terada Honke, our favourite sake maker <3 100% natural sake.

  • Kizan

    Gl 75 kr.

    Chikumanishiki Shuzo, Nagano.

    Junmai Ginjo Nama Genshu. Fine combination of acidity and sweetness.

  • Hanatomoe

    Gl 75 kr.

    Miyoshino Jozo, Nara.

    Junmai Nama Genshu. Fresh unpasteurised sake from a micro-producer.

  • Soma no Tengu

    Gl 80 kr.

    Uehara Shuzo, Shiga.

    Junmai Ginjo Nama Genshu. Usu-Nigori (cloudy), natural sake.

  • Akishika Okarakuchi - Akishika Shuzo Brewery

    Gl 85 kr.

    Junmai Ginjo Nama Genshu, Osaka. This Okarakuchi (literally ‘big dry mouth’) sake is one of the most dry sake. Akishika dry sake is rich and profound, full-bodied, with pronounced acidity.

  • Nabeshima Ginjo - Fukuchiyo Shuzo

    Gl 95 kr.

    Junmai Dai-Ginjo, Saga. An example of a perfect ginjo sake, with strong yet not overbearing fruity aroma and a light tasteful body. Slightly sweet with balancing acidity.

  • Katori 90 - Terada Honke Brewery

    Gl 75 kr.

    Junmai Nama Genshu, Chiba. True ‘liquid rice’ in taste, colour and aroma. A very strong rice bran taste and acidity.

  • Tamagawa Kimoto - Kinoshita Shuzo Brewery

    Gl 80 kr.

    Organic Junmai Kimoto Sake, Kyoto. Slow-brewed sake, made from organic rice. Slightly woody aroma and taste, matured for 3 years. Full of flavour and easy to arrange with a wide range of food.

  • Dassai 50 - Asahi Shuzo

    Gl 95 kr.

    Junmai Daiginjo, Yamaguchi Prefecture. Very good introduction to the world of aromatic daiginjo sake. Explosive fragrance and sweet palate. Beauty in a glass.

WINE

"Wine comes in at the mouth
And love comes in at the eye;
That’s all we shall know for truth
Before we grow old and die.
I lift the glass to my mouth,
I look at you, and I sigh."

- William Butler Yeats

SPARKLING

  • 2020 Alpino, Cantina Furlani

    Glass 95 kr. / Bottle 400 kr.

    Crisp, dry and fresh natural bubbles from Alto Adige. Organic.

  • NV Ultradition, Laherte Frères

    Bottle 800 kr.

    Biodynamic champagne from 60% Pinot Meunier, 30% Chardonnay & 10% Pinot Noir.

WHITE WINE

  • 2021 Weissburgunder Trocken, Weingut Scheuermann

    Gl 80 kr. / Bt 350 kr.

    Weissburgunder from Pfalz in Germany.

  • 2021 Riesling Bunter Sandstein, Weingut Scheuermann

    Bt 495 kr.

    German Riesling.

  • 2022 Eros (orange), Les Vins Pirouettes

    Gl 100 kr. / Bt 495 kr.

    Orangewine on Riesling, Gewürtztraminer and Muscat from Alsace.

  • 2020 Vielles Vignes, Vin du Moutherot

    Gl 110 kr. / Bt 500 kr.

    Chardonnay from Franche-Comté.

  • 2021 Rosée d'Automne, Henri Chauvet

    Gl 50 kr.

    Gamay-rosé from Auvergne.

  • 2022 Saumur Blanc, Poil de Lievre

    Bt 550 kr.

    Chenin Blanc from Loire.

  • 2022 Bourgogne Blanc, La Sæur Cadette

    Bt 600 kr.

    Bourgogne blanc.

  • 2019 Bistrologie, Domaine Robinot

    Bt 650 kr.

    Chenin Blanc from Loire.

  • 2019 Ograde, Skerk

    Bt 700 kr.

    Serious orangewine from Friuli. Made from Malvasia, Pinot Grigio, Sauvignon Blanc and Vitocksa.

  • 2018 Mâcon-Chaintré, Maison Valette

    Bt 850 kr.

    Chardonnay from Bourgogne.

RED WINE

  • 2021 Côte du Rhône, Domaine Gres Saint Vincent

    Gl 80 kr. / Bt 350 kr.

    Organic and clean wine from Rhône.

  • 2021 Toto, Les Vignes de Babass

    Bt 400 kr.

    Cabernet Franc and Grolleau from Loire.

  • 2021 Zudefruit, Jèrôme Lambert

    Bt 550 kr.

    Grolleau from Loire.

  • 2021 Bourgogne Rouge, La Sæur Cadette

    Gl 120 kr. / Bt 600 kr.

    Pinot Noir from Cadette in Bourgogne.

  • 2021 La Pascole, Bruno Duchene

    Bt 700 kr.

    Grenache Noir, Gris & Blanc, Carignan from Roussillon.

  • 2019 Les Palennes, Francois Saint-Lô

    Bt 700 kr.

    Cabernet Franc from Loire.

  • 2020 Comme Ca, Grain par Grain

    Bt 700 kr.

    Gamay from Caroline Ledédenté in Bugey.

  • 2018 Point Barre, Tony Bornard

    Bt 850 kr.

    Ploussard from Jura.

  • 2017 Volnay, Frederic Cossard

    Bt 1.000 kr.

    Pinot Noir from Bourgogne.

  • 2020 Cuvée Auguste, Julien Guillot

    Bt 1.200 kr.

    Pinot Noir from Bourgogne.

OTHER DRINKS

SHOCHU

  • Tsurumi

    80 kr.

    Sweet potato shochu by Oishi Shuzo in Kagoshima.

  • Kashi

    80 kr.

    Aged shochu by Oishi Shuzo in Kagoshima.

WHISKY

  • Taketsuru Pure Malt

    75 kr.

    Nikka Whisky (3 cl).

  • Yoichi Single Malt

    95 kr.

    Nikka Whisky (3 cl).

  • Hibiki Japanese Harmony

    120 kr.

    Suntory Whisky (3 cl).

  • Ichiro’s Malt

    160 kr.

    Chichibu Distillery (3 cl).

  • Yamazaki 12yo Single Malt

    190 kr.

    Nikka Whisky (3 cl).

FRUIT SAKE

  • Tsuruume Yuzu Sake - Heiwa shuzo Brewery

    Gl 105 kr. / Bt 650 kr.

    A sweet and fresh mix of Sake and the japanese citrus fruit Yuzu. Drink as an aperitif or with your desserts.

  • Mii no Umeshu - Mii no Kotobuki

    Gl 105 kr. / Bt 650 kr.

    Japanese Plum Sake from Fukuoka. Not too sweet and not too sour, topped off with an almond aroma.

OTHERS

  • Jah Draft Beer

    75 kr.

    Our housebeer. A fresh pale-ale with japanese hops and yuzu. Brewed exclusively for Jah by BeerHere on Bornholm. Served ice cold.

  • Implosion / Lowmotion Pink

    60 kr.

    Alcohol free beer from To Øl (33 cl).

  • Red Stripe

    65 kr.

    Jamaican lager (33 cl).

  • Whisky Highball

    95 kr.

    Nikka whisky & soda.

  • Yuzu High

    95 kr.

    Low-alcohol spirtz.

  • Gin & Tonic

    110 kr.

    Japanese Gin and Danish tonic.

  • Umeshu Spritz

    110 kr.

    Japanese plum sake and bubbles.

  • Jah Juice

    110 kr.

    Shochu, yuzu sake and lemon.

  • Water

    25 kr.

    Still or sparkling mineral water. Filtered and carbonated on site. Per person, with free refills.

  • Ramune

    50 kr.

    A classic Japanese sparkling and sweet soft drink.

  • Coffee from Prolog or Japanese Tea from Io Teas

    45 kr.

    Ask staff about the selection.

RESERVATIONS

To be able to share the Jah vibes with as many guests as possible and to accomodate the high demand within our limited capacity, we can only offer each table for 2 hours.
We appreciate your understanding and feel free to contact us if you have any special requests.

LOCATION

LOCATION

Gasværksvej 21
Copenhagen, Denmark

(+45) 38 41 27 21
booking@jahizakaya.dk

OPENING HOURS

Sunday — Thursday
17:30 — 24:00 (last food order 22.00)

Friday — Saturday
17:30 — 01:00 (last food order 22.00)