A last supper at Shoya Izakaya

posted on December 7, 2009 at 6:56 am

Shoya: Duluth

Moon and I got hitched on November 21.

The day after the wedding, we fled like fugitives to Paris for our honeymoon and ate what can only be described as a shameful amount of food. But before we get to the all the gory honeymoon gluttony, I want to jump back to a meal before the wedding: the last meal with my parents and sister as a single woman.

For this meal, Japanese was, without a doubt, the only cuisine worthy of such a bittersweet occasion–we are the sentimental sort–because my parents, who will celebrate their 35th wedding anniversary in 2010, started their lives together in Tokyo.

We didn’t want stuffy. We didn’t want sushi. We wanted Japanese soul food in a comforting setting. So, we braved the drive from downtown to Shoya.

Shoya has never been my favorite Japanese spot in Atlanta, but there is a certain conviviality about the place that makes it so very special.

As I predicted, my family went crazy on the menu and ordered way too much food. The meal was perfectly delicious and memorable.

Here’s a taste of what we ordered:

Shoya: Duluth
Fried baby shrimp

Shoya: Duluth
Housemade oshinko (pickles): we ordered two they were so good.

Shoya: Duluth
Miso soup with baby clams

Shoya: Duluth
Agedashi tofu (fried tofu in ponzu)

Shoya: Duluth
Grilled chicken skin

Shoya: Duluth
Grilled squid

Shoya: Duluth

Tonkotsu ramen


6035 Peachtree Rd. A-101
Doraville, GA 30360
(770) 457-5555


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  • Re: A last supper at Shoya Izakaya
    posted by: jimmy · December 7, 2009  9:03 AM

    just saw that urbanspoon link at the bottom of your post – surprised that of 91 votes, only 53% like it.

    I have had a great time the two times I went…I wonder why some many people do not? Is it polarizing?

    Any insight BG?

  • Re: A last supper at Shoya Izakaya
    posted by: Sean · December 7, 2009  10:17 AM

    I enjoyed reading G and C's post on Shoya and it sounded like a great place… I'm also surprised about the 53%.

    The fried shrimp and shrimp look delicious.

  • Re: A last supper at Shoya Izakaya
    posted by: Sean · December 7, 2009  10:19 AM

    Oops, meant squid on the 2nd one. Sorry about the double comment 😛

  • Re: A last supper at Shoya Izakaya
    posted by: The Blissful Glutton · December 7, 2009  1:55 PM


    I'm only guessing here, but I think a lot of people probably go here, get overwhelmed by the incredibly large menu and order sushi. And Shoya's sushi isn't all that. The small plates, however, are where the gettin' is good. You just need to go in with an open mind and explore.


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